Medieval Folk Fest 2017, Tampere

Update: Thanks everyone, performers, merchants, Tallipiha’s staff, and above all the visitors. We made a new record this year with 4500 visitors. Be sure to be on the lookout for the 2018 festival!

The sixth Medieval Folk Fest will be held on 29th to 30th July at Tampere Stable Yards. This family-friendly free event offers up-beat music, handicraft merchants, and all the usual attractions of the Stable Yards. Welcome!


Saturday 29th July
12:00 Trubadour N. Cirola
13:00 Kangasalan balladipelimannit
14:00 Rachel Rodwell & Richie Raja-Aho
15:00 Sorrowhearts
16:00 O’Rives
17:00 Greenrose Faire

Sunday 30th July
12:00 Mauve Claret
13:00 O’Rives
14:00 Mamyth
15:00 Greenrose Faire



Combining modern and ancient musical worlds, Mamyth takes you to a trip through a beautiful fairytale and traditional Finnish runo singing. An adventure with different instruments, musical styles and different eras – the band calls forth a strong feeling and endless imagination. Mamyth’s instruments are kantele, recorder, synthesizer, bass, drums, percussions and polyphonic singing. Intensive melodies and rhythms together with the combination of ethnic music and ancient tradition will give you an unforgettable experience.

Greenrose Faire

The hosts of the festival, Greenrose Faire plays rousing Celtic folk rock with head-bobbing, toe-tapping rock feel. The Finnish sextet meshes mandolins and violin with rock drums and bass and symphonic synths, and spikes 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.


If you thought you have seen it all then think again! Big men in kilts have at it on the stage and serve a broadside of their power folk. This is the band that wasn’t there when the brake pedals were handed out.

Mauve Claret

Mauve Claret is a mandolin duo from Tampere that plays instrumental old folk music from the creeks and forests. Forget the market ruckus for a moment and sit down to listen to the soothing tunes from a time when life was simpler.


O’Rives from Orivesi plays mostly Irish folk music. Their repertoire has rapid reels and jigs, not to forget ballads and pub songs. They might also add a touch of Finnish folk music played in Irish style, and Irish folk music sung in Finnish.

Rachel Rodwell & Richie Raja-Aho

This year’s international guest comes from England. The folk singer and guitarist Rachel Rodwell has delighted Finnish audiences with her band Larkspur over the last couple of years, and is today performing together with Richie Raja-Aho, the bodhran goblin now hailing from Hämeenkyrö. With guaranteed warm and cozy atmosphere, this is British folk at its best.

Kangasalan balladipelimannit

“The Ballad Fiddlers of Kangasala” were founded in 1972. The band’s instrument selection includes violins, mandolins, double bass, guitar and harmonium, and they play folk music from Finland, Sweden, Ireland and America to name few. Some band members also compose new folk music. Over the past 44 years they have played on most of Finland’s folk festivals and also visited Belgium and Denmark.


Memories from last year

See the previous year’s pages from the archive:
Medieval Folk Fest V
Medieval Folk Fest IV
Medieval Folk Fest III
Medieval Folk Fest II
Medieval Folk Fest I

Additional information, merchant reservations, etc.

info(a), Tomi Hyttinen p. 040–5454208

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