There is one thing common to all music makers of this Spotify-list: they are arriving or living in Helsinki or planning to leave.  They are inspired, fed up, feeling blue, loving or dancing until the morning. Music goes across genres, generations and history. We can listen to the Sibelius: coronation cantata of czar Nicholas II of Russia, or cantata for Helsinki university ceremonies in 1894. Or enjoy classical music played by Timo Korhonen, one of the leading classic guitar players in Finland. Or enjoy heavy metal bands.

Finnish song makers and singers are there: the iconic Katri Helena, Mamba and Erna Tauro and one of my favourites, Fiive Corners Quintet (I used to live in Five Corners in Helsinki). Continue reading