In August 2016, the four Fire in the North Sky artists spent a creative week at the inspirational Sibelius Academy’s Kallio-Kuninkala Studios just outside Helsinki in Finland. Working with studio engineer Taito Hoffrén and director Paula Crutchlow, they made a CD recording of Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland (Saatuja Sanoja).
The version recorded on CD aims to complement the live show, capturing the improvisational qualities of the source material and also rewarding repeated listening. It includes characters, songs and episodes performed on the 2015 tour, such as the Firespell (Tulen synty in Finnish), the story of Väinämöinen searching for the sleeping singer Antero Vipunen, the Bride of Gold and Silver and, memorably, the making of the Sampo. Plus there are new snippets and improvised sections, from a beautiful runolaulu of the beginning of the world, sung by Anna-Kaisa to the evocative story of Aino’s transformation into a fish.
Full Track Information
01 The Making of the World / Maailman synty 04:51
02 Fire Spell / Tulen synty 06:22
03 Antero Vipunen 13:48
04 Otranen 02:25
05 Sampo 13:01
06 Bride of Gold and Silver / Kultaneito 11:34
07 Otso 01:49
08 Aino 09:04
09 Ehio 02:55
Nick Hennessey, Kristiina Ilmonen,
Anna-Kaisa Liedes, Timo Väänänen
Director Paula Crutchlow
Studio engineering Taito Hoffrén
Editing, mixing Timo Väänänen/Maanite
Mastering Minerva Pappi/Waudio
Runolaulajat, Arhippa Perttunen,
Iivana Härkonen, Anni Tenisova,
Anni Kiriloff, Elias Lönnrot,
Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department
and Stadin osaamiskeskus
Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland (Saatuja Sanoja) is an Adverse Camber production, in association with mac birmingham and Beyond the Border Festival, with support from Sage Gateshead, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the Finnish Music Foundation and the Finnish Literature Society.