Kuhmo would be nothing without its festivals, especially the chamber music festival that spreads wealth and life all over the region. When you visit Kuhmo and its surrounding towns and compare, you understand that investments in art are really worth it.
This obvious fact may still go unnoticed, if the art does not directly link to the local community. In Kuhmo the local attitude to art and artists is exceptionally good, but during Sommelo festival we could sense a fine line in between. There is still work to do when planning a festival to different communities.
Sorry, nothing to tell, really.
Well, trailer’s wheel started whining after the rainy day. We had to disassemble the axle, remove the bearing rubber seals, clean the bearings and add some grease.
Ortlieb panniers seem to have screws that don’t like gravel roads. We have to check them every now and then. Our chains need cleaning, but we are still waiting some TF2 bottles to miraculously appear during roadside stops.
Healthwise we are doing well, no aches or pains. Long flat straights near Kärsämäki make you prone to mental issues, so you have to take gravel roads occasionally.
Kajaanin runoviikon molemmilla keikoilla oli hyvä, keskittyvä yleisö. Moni tuli kertomaan että runojen kuuntelu on niin intensiivistä puuhaa että musiikki helpottaa oloa. Kyllähän teksti on sujuvampi niellä sävelten kera. Runous ja musiikki olivat alkujaan yhtä, mitä niitä erottamaan.
Äsken runovartissa festivaalin johtaja Taisto Reimaluoto hoiti tuulisuojan vaativaa tehtävää.
Imagine riding a Tour de France stage. With 25 kg of equipment. Then eat some soup, train two hours with a new band and play a concert with them.
Sounds tough, eh? That’s what Emilia did yesterday here at Sommelo festival. Kare did only a few hours of production work at hotel after the ride. This tour is fun but it is not a walk in the park. You need endurance, also to tolerate each other.
Today we had our own concert. The set is beginning to settle down, Kare is getting some stage experience and Pajakka Hall of Kuhmo House was an excellent place to play with good sound equipment and acoustics.
Now we are in Sommelo club and Emilia just asked Kare to fetch the violins. Some dance music is needed…
Last night Bar Kaiku was full of poetry, music and good people. Kare read some poems with locals, then Emilia played two sets. That was normal, but the contact with many people was special. The bar felt like an oasis of culture. Just an ordinary bar in Nilsiä they say.
Today we ride about 155 km to Kuhmo. That is a bit much but we feel good after a few easy days. At this stage of the tour we have only one speed left but we can keep it going as long as needed.
The Finnish summer showed its power yesterday. It was raining heavily before the concert. People did not disappear from Siilifolk, but took shelter under festival tents, that were quite far away from the stage. Kare has no previous experience in playing to audience that cannot be seen or felt, but Emilia took the audience anyway. And the sky was clear when we rode back to school.
A few local newspapers have covered the tour. We cannot link them, they are on paper…
Today we continue to Nilsiä and Bar Kaiku. They have a poetry night and Emilia will sing some runo songs.