Greenrose Faire plays light-hearted celtic folk rock with head-bobbing, toe-tapping rock feel. They hail from Tampere, Finland. Songwriter Tomi Hyttinen used to play in a hard rock group with the other founding member Niilo Sirola. After a couple of years of playing together they realized both were into fantasy literature and medieval rock and decided to try making new music along those lines. Neither of us really had done much acoustic stuff before, so we had great fun trying out different things. 'No electric guitars' was the only rule, recalls Tomi. The two recorded an album's worth of demos at Niilo's home studio and then set out to find the other members for the band. Eventually a line-up of local musicians were found who had always liked to play this kind of music but just had not realised it yet. Things clicked into place with finding of the vocalist Salla Rimmi, with her elegant phrasing and tone clear like a bell. The band's debut album Neverending Journey was released in 2011, followed with My Home Is Where My Heart Is in 2013. Meshing prominently celtic-sounding mandolins and violin with rock drums and bass and symphonic synths, and the rollicking attitude with the slightly ominous overtones of Finnish melancholy, Greenrose Faire sounds lively and modern but still tugs at the nostalgia strings for the long-gone days of yore. The band has played numerous club gigs around Finland, but also closed the evening fests at Hme medieval fair for five years in a row, and is booked to play most of Finland's medieval markets in the coming summer. The band aims to bring the music and faires to all people in every castle and village around the world. It has been amazing to notice the effect our music has on people. Our songs seem to have a special kind of magic, Salla jests. We even had to stop playing 'Raindrops' at outdoor gigs because it often started to rain during the song.
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