JPP is a Finnish folk band from Kaustinen. She is considered one of the most influential and important bands of the genre in Finland.

Band History

JPP was founded in 1982 under the name Järvelän Pikkupelimannit (Eng. The little minstrels of Järvelä ). The breakthrough came in the band when they won in the same year the first prize in a national competition for folk music groups in Mäntsäla. This led to gigs all over Finland and Sweden shortly thereafter.

1983, the group released their first self-published EP with eight traditional songs from the environment. In addition, the first time they participated in the annual and internationally famous folk music festival Kaustinen. By an extension of the band 1984 Mauno Järvelä and Janne Virkkala the number of fiddle player increased to five, what the interaction increased. Meanwhile, the band had also gained acquaintance internationally and played concerts in Portugal, Egypt, Singapore, Thailand and Denmark.

The recordings for their debut album, in addition to their own compositions also contained traditional songs and pieces of Konstan Jylhä and Viljami Niittykoski, took place in 1985. In February 1986, they released Laitisen mankeliska at the label Olarin Musiikki, giving them the nomination for " Band of the Year " earned the Kaustinen Folk Festival. The following year she presented at the festival set a world record by playing over the length of one hour and 32 minutes without a break, a midnight quadrille.

In the spring of 1988 they released their double album JPP, which was named among other things, the daily Helsingin Sanomat "Album of the Year" and awarded with a recognition award by the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yleisradio. Around this time changed the musicians who were initially aged 17 to 25, the band's name on JPP, on the one hand because they have no "little musicians " were more in age, on the other hand, because it was easier to pronounce. A tour through Switzerland, Germany and Sweden followed.

In the winter of 1989 JPP had a first television appearance, was included as one of their concerts in Kaustinen. Then she sent Yleisradio as a representative of Finnish folk music to a seminar organized by the EBU Festival in Norway. The year ended with a performance at the Etnosoi! Festival in Helsinki.



  • JPP: The Incredible Finn band ( Documentary by Mirja Metsola, part of the EBU's music series " European Roots " )