Tarmo Sings!

This video was made last summer, when Finnish friends visited Russia for a cultural/historical tour of former Finnish sites in what is now Russian Karelia.

One member of the trip was Tarmo Kunnas.  Tarmo speaks something like eight languages fluently, and he loves to sing folks songs in those languages.  Here he’s singing in French:

This day was one to remember.

Катюша (Katyusha)

Here is a favorite Russian tune, in a great setting —

Katyusha is a tender diminutive from the female name Ekaterina (Catherine):  Katya is the nickname and Katyusha, a tender diminutive.

This is a Russian Soviet wartime song about a girl longing for her beloved, who is away on military service. The music was composed in 1938 by Matvei Blanter and the lyrics were written by Mikhail Isakovsky. It was first performed by the celebrated Russian folk singer, Lidiya Ruslanova.