- St. Henry
of Uppsala: A look at the patron saint of
Daughter: An interview with Kate Laity,
author, teacher and founder of the Yahoo kantele group.
- The Age
of the Knife Fighters: If the knife fighters
were so terrible, and by all accounts they were, why do people
admire them, and sing songs about their horrifying deeds?
- A Brief Look at
Pukkos: The Finnish puukko or sheath-knife is
an all-purpose tool and a symbol of Finnish heritage that dates
back to medieval times. It is also a dangerous weapon.
Kantele - From Birth to Rebirth: A brief look
at the history of the kantele.
Birch: The roots of the birch tree grow deep
in the history, culture and soul of the Finnish people. What makes
this tree so special to Finns?
was honored to have my song, Aino's Lament: featured in
a video about the Kalevala that ran on a Polish podcast called Losiowisko.
The video was made by Ola, one of the author's of the podcast,
in celebration for Kalevala's Day on February, 28, 2010. It's in
Polish. If you'd like to view just the portion featuring my
music, you can download it
here, and open it in Windows Media Player. This clip also
contains background music of Matti Paalanen.
and Sacred: An Interview With the Winners of
the 2006 Kantele Songwriting Competition
sävellyskilpailu: An article about the 2005
Pikebone songwriting contest appeared in the January, 2006 edition
of a Finnish magazine called Kantele.
the Music: An Interview With the Winners of
the 2005 Pikebone Songwriting Competition.
- This Makes Me So
Quiet: Wilho Saari comes from a long line
of kanteleplayers dating back to his great-great grandmother,
Kreeta Haapasalo, who wrote Mun kanteleeni. He's a
prolific composer of kantele music who is generous with his time,
especially when it comes to sharing his passion for kanteles. This
interview took place in November, 2004 and was published in the
summer 2005 issue of New World
Sounds From Your Own Head: Carl Rahkonen
wrote The Kantele Traditions of Finland as his doctoral
dissertation more than 20 years ago. This is the interview I did
with him for the spring, 2005 issue of New
- So You
Want To Learn To Build Your Own Kantele: A
review of kantelemaker Michael J. King's book, Construction
Manual for the 5 String Kantele..
- New Faces, New
Friends: In August, 2004 I visited the Maine
Kantele Institute in S. Portland, ME. This article appears in the
Winter, 2005 issue of New World Finn. More
Henkel...A New Branch of the Kantele Tradition
I interviewed kantelemaker Gerry Henkel for the fall 2004 issue of
New World Finn..
- A Kantele By
Any Other Name... A report on the Baltic
Psaltery Conference held in Toronto Canada on June 5-6, 2004. This
article first appeared in the summer 2004 issue of New World
- Why We
Should Write Our Family's Folktales My
brother, John, inspired me to write my first family folk tale. I
called it "The Four Brothers". You can read it here, along with
this article, written for the spring 2004 issue of New World
- Book of Chords and
Songs for Small Kanteles Published in Maine
This article, about my first book Complete Chords for the
Kantele, appeared in the spring, 2002 issue of New