The son of Finnish immigrants, Walfred Hamari was born in the upper peninsula of Michigan in 1913. He worked in the woods of Minnesota, Michigan, and Maine, as well as on his own farm in Maine. He moved to Maine in 1947, when he and his wife bought a farm while on vacation. Walfred knew many Finnish songs and performed them at local dances for many years. He was a self-taught fiddler and accordionist, and he also played the hay scythe. Oscar “Doc” Tikander provided guitar and vocal accompaniment during this interview.
Date of Birth
Michigan, "Raatikko", woods, farm, Jeff McKeen, Finnish songs, singer, fiddler, accordionist, hay scythe, Oscar "Doc" Tikander
Ethnomusicology | Folklore | Oral History
Hamari, Walfred, "Walfred Hamari" (1913). Maine Song and Story Sampler Artists. 46.