Various Artists

Luludzako Drom

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Music of the gypsies of Finland is the subject of these field recordings of vocal and instrumental music primarily from the eastern part of the country. Songs taped in performers' homes, such as the a cappella material by octogenarian Valdemar "Charlie the Cat" Lindeman singing in the old style, are among the most compelling pieces here, shot full of heartfelt emotional and immediacy. Eemil Nyman's vocal style reveals a Karelian twist given to gypsy material, while Russian and Spanish elements plus an ornamented instrumental style shared with klezmer are evident in other pieces. One emotion-laden performance follows another, with the most evocative belonging to the oldsters born before 1920.