Monday, December 26, 2011
Sulo Hackman adds Finnish flavor to the repertoire
In the 1930's, Sulo and his wife owned a club in Northeastern Minnesota and brought in many Finnish and Scandinavian bands. He would often sit in with the visiting bands. After that, his career led him on many paths, from working in a sawmill to being a dairy farmer. All through this he was a part-time musician.
In his later years his band was called Sulo and The Musiikkats, which is where we get these tunes from. Thanks to James Leary from the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, for loaning me the tape.
A tune made popular in in early 1900's by Viola Turpenin. Sulo often played fiddle with Viola's accordion. Viola had a husband from Minnesota and would frequently visit.