The silvery tones of kantele flow together with the mesmerizing singing harmonies. The four women of Kardemimmit sing and play the Finnish national instrument – the kantele, which is similar to a zither or dulcimer. The quartet plays both the 15-stringed and 38-stringed kantele, producing the distinctive sounds made by the plucked and strummed acoustic instrument that blends with delicate, tight vocal harmonies. The standout contemporary Nordic ensemble – composed of Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius, and Leeni Wegelius – writes music for their voices and instruments, a new world music rooted in Finnish, Nordic and European traditions. You might wonder what the band’s name means. It’s a play of words. Kardemumma is a spice that Finnish people use a lot in their sweet baking. Mimmit is a word for girls that have bold nature. That means Kardemimmit is actually the Finnish Ethno Spice Girls. North Paris Homestead is an up-and-coming venue for live music, weddings, workshops, and events located in the foothills of Western Maine.