Multi-instrumentalist (voice, piano, guitar, and harmonium…) and Finnish songwriter, Vilma, has a knack for weaving stories of her worldly travels into her colourful songs and lyrics. With her main influences being Scandinavian folk, pop, and most recently, Indian music and dance, Vilma finds herself writing, singing, and playing with a number of different ensembles. As founder of folk/pop band, “Valma & Varsinaiset”, and traveling world music duo ”Vilma & Sami”, Vilma continues to light up stages at folk festivals, concert halls, and schools. She also regularly performs as a soloist and with her cover band “Duo Vimma”. Vilma just finished the final year of her Master of Music at the University of the Arts Helsinki.
Laura’s musical career began imitating her older siblings and parents playing music. In the beginning of her studies of violin, her favorite hobby was to open and close the violin case dozens of times a day. For a long time piano was her primary instrument, but when Laura attended Mauno Järvelä’s folk music courses, her inspiration for violin got reborn. For her, the most important thing in making music is to have joy and freedom while you play. In her free time Laura makes home projects, such as sowing broken wool socks, organizing the garderobe, exploring the family tree and manufacturing her own maracas.
Reetta’s first musical instruments were the piano and the violin. For a little while she studied viola at the Turku University of applied sciences, after which she caught the double bass fever at Mauno Järvelä’s folk music course. Studying music education has turned out to be just the right choice for her; now she gets to play whatever she can think of, if only she just had the time for it all. Reetta’s very accurate ear and the ability to sing harmonies have brought a lot of benefit and joy to Varsinaiset. All her most beloved things such as friends, folk music and the joy of making music are put succesfully together in the band. Reetta also plays in a band called Pikku Papun Orkesteri. During her leisure she teaches, plays the guitar, takes care of her tortoises and makes plans on going for a jog.