Last weekend the big Finnish schlager event Vihreät niityt took place in Kajaani, northern Finland. Several Eurovision veterans were present from Katri Helena to Marion, Laura Voutilainen and Riki Sorsa. And the new tango king without a crown, Heikki Koskelo.
Marion was singing and performing with bronchitis but no one really noticed. She's touring this summer with her 50th anniversary tour in business and she's freshly married with a man 20 years to her senior. And her latest album sold gold last year.
Katri Helena is having an easy summer gigwise as she performed only five times while she is recording her new album, the first for the new rock orientad label with songs from new writers to her. She will be back on tour only next spring. Later this autumn a musical based on her life will premiere in Helsinki. The tickets are sold out already for dozens of nights....
Laura Voutilainen is also recording a new album in Iceland and promises "ballads to listen in candlelight with a glass of wine". Her marital troubles are now over and she's happy as can be with her family. She stunned the audience with her show that includes dancers and acrobatics, including herself.
Riki Sorsa who battled and won the throat cancer is back on track and gave an outstanding show as well. Heikki Koskelo didn't win Tangomarkkinat this summer but most of people seem to think he did, so popular he is on the road these days. He has also scored his first radiohit Rakkaus ei mittaa matkaa.