|Birth name Susan Aho|
Years active 1995-present
Name Susan Aho
Genres Folk music
|Born March 5, 1974 (age 41)
Espoo, southern Finland (1974-03-05) |
Associated acts Varttina, Kuunkuiskaajat, Vaeltajat, Odysseia, Metsanvaki, Rotunaiset
Music groups Varttina (Since 1998), Kuunkuiskaajat (Since 2008)
Albums Miero, iki, Vihma, Double Life, Cimbal Impressions
Record labels Real World Records, Nonesuch Records, Elektra Records
Similar People Johanna Virtanen, Sari Kaasinen, Jaska Lukkarinen, Pekka Lehti, Markojuhani Rautavaara
Värttinä - Aitara
Susan Aho (born March 5, 1974) is a Finnish folk music singer-songwriter and a member of the Värttinä music group. In 2010, she represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 as part of the duo Kuunkuiskaajat.
Susan Aho was born in Espoo, in southern Finland, near the capital Helsinki.
Having played the accordion since she was 13, Aho joined Värttinä in 1998, replacing Riitta Kossi, and was the accordionist and a vocalist on their album Vihma. But by the next album, Ilmatar (2001) she confined herself to singing, being replaced as accordionist by Markku Lepistö. She studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and is involved in a variety of other projects besides Värttinä.
For example, she was vocalist and accordionist in the Greek group Odysseia, was a member of the folk band Metsänväki, and with the Finnish accordionist Minna Luoma played Finnish gypsy songs in the group Rotunaiset. Since 1998 she has been a member of the Balkan-Finnish group Vaeltajat, with whom she also sings and plays accordion.
Aho also works with the Nukketeatteri Sampo (Sampo Puppet Theatre, founded in 1977) in Helsinki; the interplay of traditional puppet theatre with music and poetry plays a big role in its work.
She founded the duo Kuunkuiskaajat with Johanna Virtanen in 2008. In 2010 they won the Finnish trials for that year's Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Työlki ellää", but did not qualify for the final. In 2011 Aho read the Finnish scoring for the 56th Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf.
Discography (with Värttinä)
2008: Kuunkuiskaajat - Kuunkuiskaajat