“Her vocals are so haunting, her folksongs scholarship impeccable…Soria doesn’t need to clutter songs with much instrumentation, her voice carries the day all on its own.”

~ Sing Out!

 Soria plays these traditional songs with wistful pleasure and a freshness, not so much in a strict traditional manner as in a creative style…

~ Dirty Linen

 Certainly, she has stripped away the rackety style into which many modern players of this kind of music have fallen, and she has produced a shining example of Finnish roots music.

The quieter songs are absolute gems…Merja’s shimmering kantele strings make Simon and Garfunkel seem overproduced.

~ New World Finn

 “…songs that sound as ancient as the roll of the seasons.” –

~ New World Finn

Apart from the sauna and mobile phones, Finland has also given us Merja Soria. On her CD Arctic Silence, this 12-year resident of the United …

~ Merja Soria, Arctic Silence – Rambles

“…Arctic Silence on kuitenkin Sorian soololevy, jossa vierailijoita on sӓӓsteliӓӓsti. Tunnelma on siten pieni ja intiimi, tunnetuista kansanmusiikkisӓvelmistӓ Soria etsii herkkiӓ puolia. Tulos on onnistunut: Liika yrittӓmӓttömyys on viehӓttӓvӓӓ, kokonaisuudessa on 60-lukulaisen folkin herkkyyttӓ.”

~ Hannu Saha, Aksentti (FINLAND)

I first heard the music on the National Geographic special on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. It is absolutely beautiful. The music is performed with Merja’s heavenly “elvish” voice accompanied only with the Finnish lute. If you ever wanted to hear Galadriel or Arwen singing, this is the soundtrack to get!

~ Yau-ming, review at