Vinalhaven concert reflects island’s heritage

Sep 12, 2018
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest The kanteles used by Suomalaiset Jouset have 11 strings.

Vinalhaven — Suomalaiset Jouset, the kantele ensemble based at the Finnish Heritage House in South Thomaston, will perform Saturday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Pleasant River Chapel on Round the Island Road.

The 14-member group plays a Finnish lap harp that originated more than 2,500 years ago; it is similar to a zither. The musical event also will feature a rare recording of the Swedish nyckelharpa, or key fiddle, image of which appear in paintings as far back as the 15th century.

The concert is free, with donations welcome. This event is presented by the Vinalhaven Historical Society in conjunction with this summer’s exhibition, “Swedes, Norwegians and Finns Work and Settle on Vinalhaven 1850-1940.” For more information, call 863-4410.

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