Värttinä (Finnish language meaning "spindle") is a Finnish folk music band which was started as a project by sisters Sari and Mari Kaasinen in 1983 in the village of Rääkkylä, in Karelia, the southeastern region of Finland. Many transformations have taken place in the band since then. Värttinä shot into fame with the release of their 1991 album Oi Dai. As of 2009, the band consists of three lead female vocalists supported by three acoustic musicians. The vocalists sing in the Karelian dialect of the Finnish language.
Links To Peel
Peel first got hold of their Oi Dai album in the summer of 1991 through Spirit records, who would send regular records to him and play them often on his show on Finland's Radiomafia and other radio stations that Peel presented. After 1991, Peel rarely played Värttinä's subsequent material, but did keep a copy of their Oi Dai album in his Record Collection: V.
- 03 August 1991: Mie Oon Musta (7")
- 11 August 1991: Vot Vot Ja Niin Niin (album - Oi Dai) Spirit SPIRIT 4
- 19 August 1991 (BBC World Service): Ukko Lumi (LP - Oi Dai) Spirit
- 23 August 1991 (BFBS): Ukko Lumi (LP - Oi Dai) Spirit
- 24 August 1991: Marilaulu (album - Oi Dai) Spirit SPIRIT 4
- 25 August 1991: Vot Vot Ja Niin Niin (album - Oi Dai) Spirit
- 26 August 1991 (Radio Bremen): Tupa Täynnä Tuppasuita (LP - Oi Dai) Spirit
- 30 August 1991 (BFBS): Miinan Laulu (LP - Oi Dai) Spirit
- 22 January 1994 (BFBS): Ukko Lumi (LP - Oi Dai) Spirit