A World Music Magazine


Mari Kalkun and Runorun
Live, in concert

We take you to Viljandi Folk Music Festival in Tallinn for a concert with Estonian artist and singer Mari Kalkun and her ensemble of Finnish players, Runorun. The quartet plays variants of the stringed zither common to northern Europe, called kannel, or kantele, along with double bass and percussion. The concert was performed on April 1st of 2016, simultaneously celebrating Kalkun's birthday and Runorun's 3rd anniversary, whose first performance was 3 years before at the same event, Tallinn Music Week, part of the Viljandi Folk Music Festival Showcase.


The show was recorded at Theater Vaba Lava in Tallinn, Estonia.

The performers are:
Mari Kalkun (Estonia) - kannel, kantele, vocals
Maija Kauhanen (Finland) - kantele, vocals
Nathan Riki Thomson (Australia/Finland)- double bass
Tatu Viitala (Finland) - percussion

Sound, recording and mixing: Kaur Kenk
Photos: Liina Soosaar

The songs in this performance:
1. Sadulmoi
Lyrics and music trad. Votic & Mari Kalkun
Arranged by M. Kalkun, M. Kauhanen, N. Thomson, T. Viitala

2. Sleepless
Lyrics and music trad. Vőro, Seto, Kihnu
Arranged by Mari Kalkun

3. Jakop´s Dream
Lyrics trad. Vőro, Viitina; music Mari Kalkun
Arranged by M. Kalkun, M. Kauhanen, N. Thomson, T. Viitala

4.Morning in Siberia
Lyrics Carolina Pihelgas & trad. Livonian
Music Mari Kalkun & trad. Livonian
Arr. by Mari Kalkun & Runorun

5. Kiigelaul / Swing High
Music and lyrics trad. Vőro & Kuusalu
Arranged by Mari Kalkun & Runorun

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