For years I have wanted to play in a good rock band, the heavier the better. And finally, last spring, Sanna Salonen founded Ritva Nero for her studies, and asked me to join.
And what a band it is: saxophone, Finnish bagpipes, nyckelharpa, bass and drums. Groovy partyfolkmetal? Headbangingfolk? Whatever, it seems to work.
Music festivals and organizers have been very interested, and we have quite a lot of good gigs coming up. The first proper gig at Pakkahuone in Tampere as a warm-up for Timo Rautiainen was already a success.
We have a lot to do. I have to find a good solution for amplifying the nyckelharpa on high-feedback stage. But the momentum is great. This might be a big band in few years.