Kardemimmit blends old with new in Finnish music

Kardemimmit will perform a free concert in Marquette Saturday, October 21.

By Michael Murray

Finnish immigrants first came to Marquette County just after the Civil War to work in the region’s iron mines. The ore was abundant, and the miners settled in the area whose lakes and trees reminded them of home. A-century-and-a-half later, the saunas, sisu bumper stickers, and abundance of Finnish surnames show  this heritage is alive and well in the central Upper Peninsula.

This month, the descendants of those miners—as well as music lovers from any background—can celebrate their ancestry through a Finnish folk group that will be spending a week in Marquette as part of a program organized by Minneapolis-based nonprofit Arts Midwest in conjunction with the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University.

Arts Midwest Folkefest presents traditional music ensembles in weeklong residencies featuring performances and educational presentations…

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