The band played for gigs around Finnish-American communities and Rod noticed June in the audience at a couple performances. He soon heard that she could play the accordion, but it took several performances in and around Brantwood, Wisconsin, for Rod to convince June to come up on stage and play a couple songs with the band. It wasn’t long after that June decided to officially join. The two have been playing in the Finn Power band together for 18 years now.
It was a couple of years after June first joined that she and Rod got together. Rod says that, “Because we were Finnish, that was the kicker that kind of drew us together.” The two speak a mix of Finnish and English at home, as Rod says, “we kind of embellish it, call it Finglish.”
Finn Power has performed for weddings and festivals and traveled all over Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. They have played at Finnish and non-Finnish events, catering to the crowd’s tastes. Rod recalls that back in the 1980s, they played a lot more rock and roll than Finnish songs, and that they used to travel with limbo sticks, always prepared to host a limbo contest at a wedding. They still play lots of polkas, schottisches, and various types of ethnic music from German to Slovenian, though Rod notes, “Our specialty is kind of Finnish stuff.”