The Finnish Center at Saima Park

Fitchburg, MA


June 28 & 29

102nd New England Finnish Summer Festival

Summer Festival Concert

Saturday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m.

Musical group Sillanpää from Finland

Jemina and Selina Sillanpää have been studying music since they were still in kindergarten. Their formal studies took place in Lahti Music School but through the years they played and studied folk music at home and at festivals and courses. They have always been interested in dance and theatre as well as music, and at the moment Selina is studying musical theatre at Lahti University of Applied Sciences and Jemina is studying acting at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. Jemina has also been acting in TV and in two long movies that premiered in the fall of 2006.
Seppo has been playing folk and country music since he was a teenager. His first professional group was called Vanha Isäntä and during that time he also worked as a studio musician and also as a visiting musician for other bands such as Cumulus and Pihasoittajat. The first Seppo Sillanpää solo recordings came out some ten years later after a period of finishing studies of musicology, teaching music and several radio jobs. The CDs Akustin Polska and Lamentarola led to the formation of a new string band that played on biggest folk festivals in Finland in the beginning of the 90s including backing up Peter Rowan at Kaustinen 1991. 
The next two Sillanpää albums featured children's music and Seppo's own daughters Jemina and Selina as singers.
In 1995 Seppo began playing folk music with the girls as a trio and gave some of the first concerts in USA during a radio survey trip to Ithaca New York. The next two U.S. trips were actual concert tours; in the summer of 1997 'The Sillanpää Family' played around in New York state. In 1999 they recorded a new bilingual album called Moon Madness and soon the "Moon Madness Tour" took the whole family to New England and New York for 15 concerts including a 3 hour WVBR radio show Bound for Glory in Ithaca and a video recording session at Fall Creek Studios, Ithaca.
The trio has performed widely in the US.  However, this will be their first appearance at Saima Park.

This concert has been made possible by the sponsorship of the

Fitchburg Cultural Council, Finlandia Foundation national and Finland Society

Thank you to
Cabot Creamery
Cabot Cheese of Vermont
for their generosity in donating cheese for our Kesäjuhla event


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