Finns take Christmas seriously, and therefore celebrate it accordingly. Of course there are the big events like Raskasta Joulua, but there are also some smaller shows like André Linmans gig at the Trefaldighetskyrkan in Vaasa.
At 19:00 the lights at Vaasas Trefaldighetskyrkan dim down and André Linman, Johnny Nordström and Tuomo Unkuri enter.
We start off with a real classic, ‘Silent Night’. The church isn’t packed, but still quite nicely filled. There’s people of all kinds of age groups. Some even travelled several hours for this gig. And I must say I can’t blame them. This much more intimate way of celebrating Christmas is very lovely. The church is illuminated nicely. There are some candles here and there, that add a nice touch to the atmosphere.
The show continues some in Finnish, Swedish, and English. The songs range from classic church chorales, though pop songs, to some of André‘s own songs from Sturm und Drang.
André also just took the liberty of adding ‘Last Christmas’ to annoy us a little bit. Not that that worked very well, as even this song is quite nice when André is the one singing it.
Unfortunately for me, the show is running a bit long and I have to leave for my train before the show is complete. But I’m sure for most people, this was a very welcome change of plans. At least I surely wouldn’t have minded seeing a few more songs.
In the end it was an easy-going, intimidate and relaxed show that lighted up Finland’s dark December nights and made the wait till Christmas day just a little bit shorter. As this seems to be pretty much a yearly tradition by now, I highly recommend anyone around Vaasa to check this out themselves next year.
Walking in the Air
What Child Is This?
Stad i ljus
Julen Är Här
A Million Nights
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Täällä Pohjantähden alla
Härlig är jorden
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
O Holy Night
Check out all pictures of the evening here.