Arto and Timo first met at the Kaustinen
Folk Music Festival in Finland, 1984. Hans' band at the time was Forsmark III and their concerts and jams during the
Kaustinen Festival made a big impression on Arto and Timo. Forsmark III returned to Kaustinen Festival next summer
and that's when the first jam sessions with Forsmark III and JPP began. Since then, sporadic meetings and jams, all
fun and fruitful, inspired them to do something together as a real live band. This vision eventually took shape in
the fall of 2003 when this trio had their first rehearsals in Hyvinkää, Finland. After the second meeting
in January 2004, at Hans' homebase Gothenburg in Sweden, they were ready to make their debut concert at
Allégården in Gothenburg. This first show was an instant success with audience members rushing to
inquire where they could get hold of the album.
After recording and mixing and two years of requests from eager fans, finally the album is ready. Arto and Hans
have adapted traditional tunes from Sweden and Finland and composed new tunes for the trio. All brainstormed
together under the Nordik Tree where we invite you to sit (or dance) and enjoy!
Nordik Tree: Hans Kennemark - fiddle, viola
Arto Järvelä - fiddle, octave mandolin
Timo Alakotila - harmonium, piano