Bandâ€™o is an acoustic Finnish trio â€" two daughters and their father. This music is an interesting combination of American and Irish folk influences, Finnish dance tunes and immigrant songs, modern folk and new original singer-songwriter material sung both in Finnish and English. Says Rob Weir, in Sing Out Vol. 51#2: â€For a place that's just three times as big as Ohio with half the population, the musical diversity of Finland never ceases to amaze. For those of you who have just recovered from the idea that there's an active tango song tradition in Finland, spin the latest collection from the SillanpÃ¤Ã¤ family (Band'o) and you may never regain your balance.â€ The lead singers Jemina and Selina SillanpÃ¤Ã¤ are in their early twenties but have been studying music since they were still in kindergarten. Although their harmonies inherit a lot from American old time duets and modern bluegrass and alternative folk their formal studies took place in Lahti Music School. Through the years they played and studied folk music at home and at festivals and courses. Father Seppo SillanpÃ¤Ã¤ has been playing folk and country music since he was a teenager and made living playing in several Finnish top folk & country bands in the 70s. He is also a well known teacher of string band istruments and author of several guideboks. The first Seppo SillanpÃ¤Ã¤ solo recordings came out in 1989 and 1990 after a period of finishing studies of musicology, teaching music and radio jobs. Two instrumental CDs 'Akustin Polska' and 'Lamentarola' led to a new string band that played on biggest folk festivals in Finland in the beginning of the 90s including joint gigs with Tony Trischka and backing up Peter Rowan at Kaustinen Folk music festival in 1991. The next two Seppo SillanpÃ¤Ã¤ albums were string band music as well albums but featured children's music and spotlighted Seppo's own daughters Jemina and Selina as lead singers. In 1995 Seppo concentrated on playing folk music with the girls as a trio and they gave some of the first concerts in USA during Seppo's radio survey trip to Ithaca New York. The next two U.S. trips were actual concert tours; in the summer of 1997 'The SillanpÃ¤Ã¤ Family' played around in New York state. In 1999 they recorded a bilingual album called Moon Madness and soon the 'Moon Madness Tour' took the whole family to New England and New York for 15 concerts including a 3 hour WVBR radio show Bound for Glory in Ithaca and a video recording session in Ithaca.. In July - August 2000 The SillanpÃ¤Ã¤ Family played in Berkeley and Sonoma, California and Naselle Washington, USA. In 2003 SillanpÃ¤Ã¤s went through some changes. They recorded the 'Band'o' album for Bluelight Records and permanently changed their band name to Band'o. In the summer of 2005 the SillanpÃ¤Ã¤s toured the United States again after a long break. They played in the NY area and also in Mid-West, in Colorado and Kansas. The 2nd Band'o album AWAY came out in June 2006 and it is almost wholly loaded with new original Selina & Jemina songs. The SillanpÃ¤Ã¤s flew to USA as soon as the Away album was out for a 5 week tour on both coasts. The schedule included Trumansburg's famous Grassroots-festival, Finnfest concerts in Oregon and Washington, another live Bound for Glory -radio concert, and several concerts and club gigs in Massachusetts and New York. They toured USA again in the summer of 2008.