Värttinä is the Winner of Womex 12 Artist Award
August 8th, 2012

WOMEX is proud to announce the winner of the WOMEX 12 Artist Award: Värttinä from Finland.

They will perform on Sunday morning, 21 October 2012, during the WOMEX Award Ceremony accompanied by a WOMEX Networking Breakfast, both open to WOMEX delegates only. The laudation will be offered by Fiona Talkington (UK), BBC Radio Presenter, Curator.

2013 marks Värttinä’s 30th anniversary. They have toured worldwide, have a huge global fan base, they have won awards, recorded 14 albums, sold thousands upon thousands of them, collaborated with the great A.R. Rahman writing music for The Lord of the Rings musical. They are outstanding ambassadors for Finnish music around the world, and are text-book examples of how to remain true to the roots of a tradition yet find a new voice and excellence in performance.

You don’t have to be a Finnish speaker to have been intoxicated by their tales of fishwives and lovers, murder and revenge, from ancient blood-curdling spells to heartbreaking songs of betrayal and loss, and still find yourself smiling and laughing at the sheer joy and exuberance of their music.More