NIGHTWISH, SONATA ARCTICA, TERÄSBETONI, KIUAS Members Perform Finnish Christmas Songs (Video)

RASKAS JOULU (Heavy Christmas) — a Finnish project which celebrates Christmas and its music tradition mixed with metal — completed its annual tour this past weekend with three shows at Tavastia in Helsinki. Two concerts were held on December 18 — an afternoon all-ages show and an evening performance. Because the evening concert was sold out weeks in advance, an additional gig was held on Sunday, December 19.

The following vocalists performed at the Tavastia gigs:

* Jarkko Ahola (TERÄSBETONI, NORTHERN KINGS)
* Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto (CHARON, HARMAJA, NORTHERN KINGS)
* Ari Koivunen (AMORAL)
* Antony Parviainen (MACHINE MEN)
* Ilja Jalkanen (KIUAS)
* Tommi "Tuple" Salmela (TAROT)
* Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA, NORTHERN KINGS)
* Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT, NORTHERN KINGS, SAPATTIVUOSI)

Musicians:

* Erkka Korhonen (ARI KOIVUNEN) - Guitar, Music Director
* Tuomas Wäinölä (TIMO KOTIPELTO) - Guitar
* Erkki Silvennoinen (ARI KOIVUNEN) - Bass
* Vili Ollila (ARI KOIVUNEN) - Keyboards
* Teijo "Twist-Twist" Erkinharju (LENINGRAD COWBOYS, LOS BASTARDOS FINLANDESES, PEER GÜNT) - Drums

Fan-filmed video footage of the two December 18 concerts at Tavastia can be viewed below.

"Nisse-Polkka" - Ilja Jalkanen, Tony Kakko

"Joululaulu" - Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto, Ilja Jalkanen

"Ave Maria" - Jarkko Ahola

"Pieni Rumpali" - Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto, Jarkko Ahola, Tony Kakko, Marco Hietala

"Oi Jouluyö" - Ari Koivunen, Marco Hietala + "Kun Joulu On" - Ari Koivunen

"Ilouutinen" - Jarkko Ahola

"Heinillä Härkien Kaukalon" - Ari Koivunen

"En Etsi Valtaa, Loistoa" - Jarkko Ahola

"Sylvian Joululaulu" - Tony Kakko

(Thanks: Melica / Night Elves)

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