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Tunes for a Monday Morning

Woman in a Boat by Pekka Halonen

Music from our neighbours to the north today...

Above: "City Garden's" by the Danish/Swedish trio Dreamer's Circus (Nikolaj Busk, Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen). The song (recorded on the Danish island of Møn in 2017) appears on their latest album, The Rooftop Sessions (2018).

Below: "Then We Waltzed" by Dreamer's Circus, also from The Rooftop Sessions.

Holiday in the New House by Pekka Halonen

Above: "Mitt hela hjärta" by the Swedish folk vocal group Kongero (Anna Wikenius, Lotta Andersson,  Anna Larsson, and Emma Björling). This lovely song appeared on their first album, om mikaelidagen (2008), but I also recommend their most recent album, Kom (2o17).

Below: "When the Land is White with Snow" performed by the Finnish group Frigg (Tommi Asplund, Tero Hyväluoma, Alina järvelä, Juho Kivivuori, Esko Järvelä, Anssi Salminen, and Petri Prauda). The song -- by English folk musician Chris Wood, with a new arrangement by Esko Järvelä -- appears on Frigg's new album, Joululaulut (2018).

Washing on the Ice by Pekka Halonen

Above: "What Will We Do/Fjellvåk (Mountain Bird)," performed by the Norwegian and Irish Snowflake Trio (Frode Halti, Vegar Vårdal, and Nuala Kennedy). The song -- an Irish traveller ballad combined with a Nordic waltz -- appears on the group's new album, Sun Dogs (2019).

Below: "Hiljainen Suru," performed by the Finnish and Irish trio Slow Moving Clouds (Aki, Ultan O'Brien, and Kevin Murphy). The song appeared on their debut album, Os (2015).

The art today is by Finnish painter Pekka Halonen (1865-1933). Born to a farming family in Lapinlahti, he trained in art in Helsinki and Paris, studied under Paul Gaughin, then returned home to devote himself to painting the Finnish landscape and people. His house and studio on on Lake Tuusula, once the center of a rural arts colony, is now a house museum dedicated to Halonen's life and work.

Tuonen lehto by Pekka Halonen