Folk/Fusion/Jazz/Progressive Rock Finland 1970s Piirpauke – “Konevitsan Kirkonkellot”

Folk/Fusion/Jazz/Progressive Rock Finland 1970s 

Piirpauke (Piippola, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa, Finland)  Folk/Fusion/Jazz/Progressive Rock band

“Konevitsan Kirkonkellot”  B2 track included on the album “Piirpauke” 

Released on Love Records (LRLP 148) in November 1975

Line-up / Musicians :

Antti Hytti / bass, vocals, percussion
Jukka Wasama / drums, percussion, vocals, gong
Esa-Pekka Salonen / French horn
Hasse Walli / guitar, cymbal
Sakari Kukko / soprano saxophone, piano, flute, percussion, vocals
Otto Romanowski / synthesizer

Konevitsan kirkonkellot (English: The Church Bells of Konevets) is a Karelian folk song, best known as the 1975 recording of Finnish music group Piirpauke. Its melody repeats the chime of the church bells of the Konevsky Monastery in Lake Ladoga. The song was first recorded by kantele player Ulla Katajavuori in 1952.Other recorded versions include the 1978 version by Matti Kontio, Martti Pokela and Eeva-Leena Sariola, and the 2002 version by heavy metal band Sentenced, used as an intro in their album The Cold White Light

Piirpauke’s Konevitsan kirkonkellot was released in their 1975 debut album Piirpauke. The song is composed of two parts of the original theme with an improvised part in the middle. The improvised part is known of the classic guitar solo by Hasse Walli. French horn was played by 17-year-old music student Esa-Pekka Salonen, who later became a famous conductor.

Live versions are included in Piirpauke’s albums Historia of Piirpauke Vol. 1 (1977) and Metamorphosis – Live 1977–1995 (1995).

Piirpauke – “Piirpauke” Album cover photo (front)

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Piirpauke ~ “Konevitsan kirkonkellot” Video file link on YouTube

Piirpauke – “Piirpauke” Full album Video file link on YouTube

Piirpauke Band’s Page file link on Spotify

Piirpauke Band’s Page file link on Discogs

Piirpauke Band’s Page file link on Facebook

Piirpauke/Sakari Kukko Homepage

Piirpauke/Sakari Kukko Interview file link on It’s A Psychedelic Baby Magazine