Greenrose Faire was founded in fall 2007, so we hereby declare the year of 2017 to be our 10th anniversary year.
There are some exciting new things coming up this year, as well as a good excuse to dig through the archives for some previously unseen and unheard gems. Of course there will be a 10th anniversary concert in November.
Here’s the first piece of history, the very first take from the very first Greenrose Faire demo recording session, “let’s try this…”:
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Cold winds are blowing already, and it’s getting cooler still when in a couple of weeks we head North to Rovaniemi. The Friday Nov 18th show at Muurola primary school will be both our northernmost and earliest (9:15! AM!) gig ever. The day continues at the junior high school of the Arctic Circle, and the evening program included at least in Narrow Neck’s gig in Hemingway’s.
On Saturday, the festivities at Hemingway’s continue first with an acoustic Irish session starting around six o’clock (hup!). When the clock strikes ten, it’s are our turn to take the place over and loose some broadsides of magical and engaging folk rock.
Update 20.11. Huge thanks to the people at Muurola and Arctic Circle schools, the magnificent audience and a the staff Hemingway, our generous host Narrow Neck, and of course Santa Claus. After Friday’s show, incidentally, we calculated that it was the band’s 9th birthday. The weekend was unforgettable, and we certainly hope to return again!
We threw now for the fifth time a small festival called Medieval Folk Fest at the cozy Tampere Stable Yards. Despite the weather, over 2000 visitors dropped by during the weekend. This year’s visiting performers were Sorrowhearts, Lemuria, O’Rives, Kangasalan balladipelimannit and trubadour N. Cirola.
Welcome again next year on 29th and 30th July 2017!
We kid you not, here is the brand new video for Feed the Flames!
This is actually our third attempt at a video for this song, and looks like third time really is the charm. We filmed this mostly by firelight in the woods near Salla’s childhood home (and enjoyed great catering between takes). It snowed lightly for most of the weekend, but still the full moon also made an appearance. And here it is.. Feed those flames!
First of all, we’ll put out a new music video. We filmed it the other weekend by firelight and it’s just a tad of finishing until it’s ready.
On Saturday April 16th we play once again in O’Hara’s Freehouse, Tampere. The ceiling might be low but the spirits are high and the house is sure to be packed. By that time they should also have our own ale Witchdance in tap (more on that later on). Showtime is 11pm sharp. Welcome!
The weekend after that we are tasked to fit ourselves and our goods and gear in a mysterious flying metal tube in order to make our way to The Netherlands to the Elf Fantasy Fair (Elfia). We just came back from there in September so it’s nice to be back so soon.
For the summer there are again various markets and festivals around Finland both in new and familiar good old places, keep an eye on the calendar for those. Have a nice spring and craic-y St.Patricks!
It is time to welcome our new bassist, Mikko Kaipainen, into the fold. He is a skilled musician who has brilliantly stepped up to the challenge of replacing Jari, our previous bass player who sadly had to give up the hectic band life to make way for other things.
Changes in the crew are always a little harrowing but luckily, we have always had the good fortune to find wonderful new musicians who bring their own personal flavours into the mix, and we look forward to touring with Mikko! The first opportunity to see him on stage is this coming weekend (February 12th and 13th) at Pub Jaakko V’s Irish Weekend in Kotka.
Greenrose Faire concludes their “Feed the Flames” tour and all-in-all a great year with a concert at Tampere Student Theatre Friday 4th December.
Greenrose Faire has been playing at festivals, taverns and markets in Finland and also abroad, but proper concert hall gigs have been less frequent. This December show thus takes full advantage the intimate and intense setting and and features a wider scale of material, including also some numbers that do not fit well in a pub or outdoor atmosphere. In addition, there are some visiting musicians and certainly lots of brisk and cheerful vibes as only this these Tampere Celtic maestros can deliver.
Doors open at 20:30, and showtime is at 21. The duration of the concert is approximately 1h 45h, including an intermission. SOLD OUT!
Playing at taverns and outdoor fairs is great fun, but their joyful razzle does not fit well with some of our quiterer or sadder songs. Therefore we will end this fine year with a couple of more concert-like gigs that allow trying out some songs that we do not normally play live, and freely moving from one mood to another. Welcome!
Sat 10 Oct at 7 o’clock
Karelia hall, Kulttuuritalo Virta, Imatra
Tickets 15€ via Lippupalvelu.fi
Fri 4 Dec at 9 o’clock
Tampereen Ylioppilasteatteri, Tampere
Tickets will be available soon