Current members

SUSAN AHO (second name now Venhovaara)

Born: March 5th, 1974
Origin: Espoo, Finland
Occupation: Singer / past accordion player
Educational stage: Master of Music degree at the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department
Other bands: Tipsy Gipsy (with Karoliina Kantelinen), Kuunkuiskaajat, Vaeltajat, Odysseia, Metsänväki, Rotunaiset
Work at: Puppet Theatre Sampo in Helsinki
Favorite music: Goran Bregovic, Esma Redzepova, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Shakira

MARI KAASINEN (second name Kaasinen-Paaso)

Born: December 6th, 1971
Origin: Rääkkylä, Finland
Occupation: Singer
Educational stage: Master of Music degree at the Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department
Other bands: SetAkat, Sari Kaasinen ja Otawa, Ho Orchestra, Sirmakka
Work at:  Värttinä band
Favorite music: Le mystere des voix Bulgares



Born: May 2nd, 1975
Origin: Helsinki, Finland
Occupation: Singer, kantele player
Educational stage: Doctoral studies at the Department of Folk Music in Sibelius-Academy
Other bands: solo, Tipsy Gipsy (with Susan Venhovaara), Suden Aika, SetAkat, Ketsurat, Sari Kaasinen ja Otawa, The Swingin’ Shoemakers
Work as: Puppet Theatre Sampo, researcher and ethnomusicologist at University of Helsinki
Favorite music: Ojos de Brujo, Carrie Underwood


Occupation:  vocal, violin, jouhikko, jew’s harp
Educational stage:
Other bands: –
Work at:
Favorite music:


Occupation: Drums & percussion
Educational stage: Sibelius Academy (Jazz and Composition/music theory)
Other bands: UMO Jazz Orchestra, Ilkka Heinonen Trio, Mirja Mäkelä Trio
Work at:
Favorite music:

matti laitinen

Matti Laitinen

Origin: Lahti, Finland
Occupation:  guitar, mandocello
Educational stage:  Sibelius Academy/ Music education
Other bands:  Pekka Laukkarinen, Freija-yhtye
Work at: freelancer
Favorite music:


  1. Hey Kasia, to complete to the other bands, the Värttinä girls were involved:
    Susan also is in the Ho Orchestra.
    Susan and Johanna has been in the projekt band of Markojuhani Rautavaara:
    Rautavaara World Orchestra (2008/2009)
    Greetings, Otfried

  2. Yes of course we know about this projects, but we use only some of the ‘other bands’ not all, because is too much of it. Susan, Johanna and other members was played or sang with much more musicians, than this mentioned here.

  3. Absolutely great!!! My 2nd favourite band (after ABBA))) I guess they did a fantastic job to revive old Karelian songs)))

  4. You are fantastic! You have made me discover the Finnish folk music, I’m excited and I am very grateful to you! But why never come to play in Italy? Are you really sure that you would not have enough audience? :-)

  5. Get your manager to book you at the following:
    1. Freight and Salvage , Berkeley, Ca USA
    Phone: 510-644-2020
    2. Cotati Accordion Festival
    Cotati, Ca.
    3. Stern Grove Festival
    San Francisco, Ca.
    Northern Calif. has many festivals and venues- please come!!!

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