Blues news from Finland

Welcome to the Finland’s europeanbluesunion.com site! Here you will find regularly updated information about forthcoming festivals and tours, news from the Finland’s blues and related scenes. These topics are also covered in more detail in various online publications (mainly in Finnish language), such as:

Blues News Magazine (in Finnish and partly in English) published bimonthly andbluesnews_pieni covers blues, R&B, soul, gospel, rock’n’roll and Finnish blues and roots music.

– Read the Finnish Blues Society’s latest online news release BN NEWSLETTER 3/2016 (June-August 2016) in English, found on the Blues News magazine’s web pages.

Blues-Finland.com (in Finnish) – blues reviews, interviews, news, gig and festival calendar.

Blues Webzine.com (International edition of Blues-blues-finlandFinland.com).

Jazzrytmit – The Web Jazz Magazine in Finland.

Fin-A-Billy – Comprehensive guide to rock’n’roll/rockabilly gigs in Finland.

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Tue European Blues Unionin (EBU) toimintaa,  liity mukaan 

EBU:n toimintaan voivat liittyä ja sitä tukea kaikki halukkaat blues-alan vaikuttajat ja yhteisöt seuraavissa eri kategorioissa:
– Blues-fani  (EBU fan) 20 €.
– Aktiivijäsen, pieni yhteisö  (Active member, small business/association) 100 €.
– Aktiivijäsen, iso yhteisö  (Active member, large business/association) 200 €.

Yksityiskohtaiset liittymisohjeet löytyvät näiltä EBU:n web-sivuilta “Join The European Blues Union”.

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AND HERE’S THE LATEST NEWS…

The Blues Festival year 2016 over – a new year 2017 coming…

Festivals section for more details…. to be updated…


PEPE AND JOEL AHLQVIST DUO, the FBS’s representatives in Memphis in 2017!

Finnish Blues Society (FBS)  has chosen the representative to the International Blues Challenge (IBC2017), organized by the Blues Foundation in Memphis (USA) and held from 31th January to 4th February 2017. In the solo/duo series the representative is Pepe and Joel Ahlqvist Duo.

Pepe Ahlqvist (b. on July 4, 1956) is a personal singer-guitarist-harmonica player, a songwriter and an internationally known Finnish blues artist. During his over 40-year long career he has performed with many blues legends. He has released numerous albums and toured in the USA, Canada and Europe totalling over 6 000 gigs and concerts.
Nowadays Pepe Ahlqvist works as a solo artist ranging from acoustic gigs to big band concerts. He also performs as a duo with his son Joel (b. on June 13, 1997), who has studied music since childhood, and besides playing the blues guitar also makes his own rap and hip-hop music.

More information on Pepe Ahlqvist, click on www.pepeahlqvist.com, own music by Joel Ahlqvist is available at https://soundcloud.com/13g13.

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Pepe and Joel Ahlqvist Duo heading for Memphis.

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Finnish Blues Challenge 2017 for European Blues Challenge EBC2017; Finland’s entrant nominated – Honey B. Family!

Finnish Blues Society / Blues News and Puistoblues has ended  the search for Finland’s entrant for European Blues Challenge EBC2017. This was the third time when a live music competition will be conducted to choose the act, who represents Finland in the European Blues Challenge EBC2017 (in Horsens, Danmark, 5.-7.4.2017). The competition was carried out in connection with Puistoblues Festival on 30th June 2016 at Restaurant Blackpool in Järvenpää. Altogether 21 performers registered for the competition, and four of them will play in the competition. The selection was made by the Finnish Active Members in the European Blues Union (EBU). The selected bands wew:

Emilia Sisco with Helge Tallqvist and His Band
Honey B. Family (Finland’s Entrant for EBC2017)
Jo’ Buddy & Down Home King III feat. Nieminen
Lumberjacks

A jury of four members (Sami Ruokangas, Altti Uhlenius, Markus Nylander and Anders Lillsunde) judged the acts based on the criteria used in the actual EBC competition. The Finland’s entrant for the EBC2017 competition is Honey B. Family. The Finnish Blues Challenge for the EBC2017 competition was organised in cooperation with Finnish Blues Society / Blues News and Puistoblues Festival.

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Honey B Family, Finland’s entrant for EBC2017, on stage at the Finnish Blues Challenge (Restaurant Blackpool, Järvenpää). Photo: Antti Vuorenmaa.

 

For more information, see section “National Blues Challenge (2017)”.

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Newest issue of Blues News (BN) magazine out / Uusi Blues News (BN) -lehti ulkona

Read the Finnish Blues Society’s latest online news release BN NEWSLETTER 3/2016 (June-August 2016) in English, found on the Blues News magazine’s web pages.

The new issue (5/2016, #281) of Finnish Blues News (BN) magazine (in Finnish language unfortunately) is now available.

Blues News -lehden (BN) uusi 76-sivuinen numero (5/2016, #281) on nyt saatavilla.

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European Blues Challenge EBC2016: Finland’s entrant; Lena & The Slide Brothers!

Finnish Blues Society / Blues News and Puistoblues started the search for Finland’s entrant for European Blues Challenge EBC2016. Five bands participated in the Finland’s national challenge which was held on 25.6.2015 in connection with Puistoblues festival in the Blackpool restaurant. And the Finland’s entrant for the EBC2016 competition is Lena & The Slide Brothers. – see section National Blues Challenge 2016“.

At the moment the band is looking forward to releasing the new album “The Road“, that will be out on April 8th 2016. The first single “The road you’re on” was introduced on March 11th. Check it out!

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Lena & The Slide Brothers. Current line-up: Lena Lindroos – vocals, bass; Matti Kettunen – electric & acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, backing vocals; Ykä Putkinen – electric & acoustic guitars, backing vocals; Juha Litmanen – drums, percussion.

Lena & The Slide Brothers (Photo: Maiju Lasola)

Lena & The Slide Brothers at the Finland’s national EBC2016 challenge. (photo: Maiju Lasola)

 

European Blues Challenge EBC2016: Suomen edustaja on Lena & The Slide Brothers (in Finnish)!

Finnish Blues Society / Blues News ja Puistoblues kuuluttivat kisaajia European Blues Challenge 2016 -kilpailun Suomen karsintaan. Viisi yhtyettä kisasi torstaina 25.6.2015 Järvenpäässä Puistobluesin yhteydessä Ravintola Blackpoolissa. Suomen eduistajaksi valikoitui Lena & The Slide Brothers – katso osiota “National Blues Challenge 2016

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FINNISH BLUES AWARDS 2016 HONORED THE MOST REMARKABLE ROOTS MUSICIANS OF 2015

Finnish blues musicians recognized their distinguished colleagues at the 2nd Annual Finnish Blues Awards gala event on January 16th, 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. At the event, which took place at the legendary Virgin Oil Co. Theater, the following artists were awarded:
– Lifetime award – Esa Kuloniemi.
– Artist / group of the year 2015  – Erja Lyytinen.
– Newcomer of the year 2015 – White Knuckles Trio.
– Song of the year 2015 – Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip: ”Last Train To Memphis”.

Esa ”Blues Minister” Kuloniemi, whose multi-dimensional career both as a blues musician and radio deejay has spanned over 34 years, commented his award: ”Of course it feels good that my long input gets noticed. The fact that the prize came from my own people, ’bluesicians’ of Finland, makes me especially happy.”

The gala included many famous and respected Finnish blues bands and artists, like Lazy Moose, Honey B. Family, Micke, Lefty & Chef, Ina Forsman, Helge Tallqvist & Emilia Sisco, Wentus Blues Band, Doctor’s Order, Moontones, Petri Matero Group, Lumberjacks, Titty Bar Tim Blues Band and Robbie Hill Solo + DJ Butcher Pete. The event was hosted by Lauri Ankerman and Olavi Rytkönen.Thomas Ruf, the president for the European Blues Union (EBU), honored the occasion with his presence.

The award trophies were designed and made by jewel smith Mirka Loukimo of Jasmin Design.

The event was produced by Bluesland Productions Oy.For more information: Mr. Davide Floreno, Bluesland Productions Oy davide.floreno@bluesland.fi (Tel +358 45 672 8070).

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Finnish Blues Awards event 2016. From left to right: Lauri Ankerman, Olavi Rytkönen, Seppo Nuolikoski, Ville Leppänen, Micke Björklöf, Esa Kuloniemi, Erja Lyytinen, Davide Floreno, Oskari Martimo, Risto Hillside. Photo credit: Pasi Rytkönen

 

White Knuckles Trio and Jay Kay & Bluesgang the FBS’s representatives in Memphis in 2016!

Finnish Blues Society (FBS)  chose the representatives to the International Blues Challenge (IBC2016), organized by the Blues Foundation in Memphis (USA) and held from 26th to 30th January 2016. In the band series the representative was White Knuckles Trio comprising Mr. Knucklebone (voc, gtr), Yukka White (voc, dr) and Mr. “Misdemeanor” Hillside (kb). They made it to the semi finals, congratulations. In the ”Best Self-Produced CD” category the representative was the Jay Kay & Blues Gang’s album “From The Shadows” (label:. Blues Angels).

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The White Knuckles Trio ready to go to Memphis, TN.

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Newest issue of Blues News (BN) magazine out / Uusi Blues News (BN) -lehti ulkona

The new issue (3/2016, #279) of Finnish Blues News (BN) magazine (in Finnish language unfortunately) is now available.

Blues News -lehden (BN) uusi 76-sivuinen numero (3/2016, #279) on nyt saatavilla.

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Blues News 3/2016. Cover: Pepe Ahlqvist (Foto: Pasi Rytkönen).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IBC2015 NEWS:

2015 Keeping the Blues Alive Award honored to photographer Pertti Nurmi

The Blues Foundation will honor 15 individuals and organizations with its 2015 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards during a recognition luncheon Friday, January 23, 2015, in Memphis, Tennessee. Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the KBA Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to blues music. Pertti Nurmi has been heavily tied with the activities of the non-profit organization, Finnish Blues Society and its publication, the original Blues News magazine, since the early 1970s. Pertti’s Blues photography archive covering 40+ years is unique in Finland and of high appraisal even internationally. His exhibitions have toured all major Finnish Blues festivals and have also been on display in New York and Hollywood.

Finnish Blues Society was honored with the KBA award in 2010 for significant contributions to blues music. Here pictured in the recognition luncheon in Memphis are FBS representatives: Kari Kempas, Aimo Ollikainen, Pete Hoppula (chairman 2007-11) and Pertti Nurmi (right).

Finnish Blues Society was honored with the KBA award in 2010 for significant contributions to blues music. Here pictured in the recognition luncheon in Memphis are FBS representatives: Kari Kempas, Aimo Ollikainen, Pete Hoppula (chairman 2007-11) and Pertti Nurmi (right).

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Self-Produced CD – Lazy Moose was FBS’s entrant

For thirty-four years, The Blues Foundation has celebrated and recognized established blues artists through the Blues Music Awards. For twenty-nine years, The Blues Foundation has encouraged future blues performers through the International Blues Challenge. The Best Self-Produced CD was established in 2005 to recognize excellence in independent Blues recordings.

Finnish Blues Society’s entrantLazy Moose, When Trouble Was Born

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Honey B & T-Bones heading for International Blues Challenge IBC2015

Finnish Blues Society’s representative in the International Blues Challenge (IBC2015) in Memphis, TN, on 20.1.-24.1.2015 will be Honey B & T-Bones. The band comprises Aija “Honey B.” Puurtinen (lead vocals), Esa Kuloniemi (guitar & vocals), Jaska Lukkarinen (drums) and Jaakko Kämäräinen (bass/vocals). See more at: www.hbtb.net and www.facebook.com/honeybtbones.
More info (in Finnish) at the Blues News web page.

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Aija Puurtinen (photo: Pasi Rytkönen Photography)

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EBC2015 NEWS:

European Blues Challenge EBC2015; Finland’s entrant nominated!

Finnish Blues Society / Blues News and Puistoblues started the search for Finland’s entrant for European Blues Challenge EBC2015. Five bands participated in the Finland’s national challenge which was held on 26.6.2014 in connection with Puistoblues festival in the Blackpool restaurant. And the Finland’s entrant for the EBC2015 competition is Micke Bjorklof and Blue Strip. See section National Blues Challenge (EBC2015).

European Blues Challenge EBC2015; Suomen edustaja valittu (in Finnish)!

Finnish Blues Society / Blues News ja Puistoblues kuuluttivat kisaajia European Blues Challenge 2015 -kilpailun Suomen karsintaan. Viisi yhtyettä kisasi torstaina 26.6.2014 Järvenpäässä Puistobluesin yhteydessä Ravintola Blackpoolissa. Suomen eduistajaksi valikoitui Micke Bjorklof (Björklöf) and Blue Strip.  Katso osiota  National Blues Challenge (EBC2015).

Micke Björklöf and Blue Strip performing at the Finland's national EBC competition at Restaurant Blackpool in Järvenpää.

Micke Bjorklof and Blue Strip performing at the Finland’s national EBC competition at Restaurant Blackpool in Järvenpää.

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European Blues Challenge 2014, Finland’s entrant was Ina Forsman & Helge Tallqvist Band

Finland’s representative in the 4rd European Blues Challenge (EBC2014) in Riga Latvia on 11.-12.4.2014 was Ina Forsman & Helge Tallqvist Band. The band comprises Ina Forsman on vocals, Helge Tallqvist on diatonic & chromatic harmonica,  Jonne Kulluvaara (guitar)  Iiro Kautto (bass)  Harri Ala-Kojola (drums). The band is really convincing in live performances and on record; they published this autumn their first album ‘Ina Forsman with Helge Tallqvist Band’ (Q Records, 2013), and in a short time they have managed to gather quite positive attention.

Also this year the selection process was a closed email voting organized by the Finnish Blues Society / Blues News magazine. The voting body was comprised of all Finnish EBU members and  a number of domestic professionals and non-profit societies operating in the blues industry. The band in the EBC2014 was sponsored by the Finnish Blues Society / Blues News magazine.

…And the winner was A Contra Blues from Spain, the runner-up was Pristine from Norway, the third was David Migden & Ther Twisted Roots from UK, and the fourth was Finland’s Ina Forsman & Helge Tallqvist Band, only 1.2 points from the third position. 

Helge Tallqvist – Webpage

Ina Forsman with Helge Tallqvist Band – Webpage

The brand new music video by Ina Forsman & Helge Tallqvist Band ‘What Have I Done’ is found here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-2iELALK5o

Ina Forsman (& Helge Tallqvist)

Ina Forsman (& Helge Tallqvist)

 

 

 

 

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Ina Forsman & Helge Tallqvist Band at EBC2014 in Riga – reached the fourth position.

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International Blues Challenge IBC2014, Finland’s entrant was duo Black River Bluesman & Bad Mood Hudson

Finland’s representative in the International Blues Challenge (IBC2014) in Memphis, TN, on 21.1.-25.1.2014 was a raucous duo  Black River Bluesman & Bad Mood Hudson. They were sponsored by the Finnish Blues Society, a Blues Foundation Affiliate. See more at:
http://www.bluesman.fi/

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European Blues Challenge EBC 2013; Finland’s entrant was Honey B & T-Bones

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Honey B & T-Bones: Esa Kuloniemi (guitar & vocal), Aija “Honey B.” Puurtinen (lead vocal & bass) and Jaska Lukkarinen (drums & vocal).

Finland’s representative in the 3rd European Blues Challenge (EBC) in Toulouse France on 8. – 9.3.2013 was a seasoned trio Honey B & T-Bones. The trio comprises Aija “Honey B.” Puurtinen (lead vocal & bass), Esa Kuloniemi (guitar & vocal) and Jaska Lukkarinen (drums & vocal). The selection process was a closed email voting organized by the Finnish Blues Society. The voting body was comprised of a number of domestic professionals and non-profit societies operating in the blues industry. – No run-of-the-mill grind, but a heady coctail, where best psychedelic elements from 1960’s San Francisco meet Mississippi blues in a garage with serious intentions. The phat bass lines of Honey B. and the funky and rich drumming of Jaska Lukkarinen build a house, where Esa Kuloniemi’s fiery and earthy slide takes no prisoners. The cherry on the cake comes courtesy of Honey B’s singing. Think updated Memphis Minnie and you’re close. Blues is not for teenagers, it comes out of life experience. After large-scale touring, often all over Europe and North America, T-Bones know the ropes. In the course of thirteen albums their style has matured from rootsy blues through rocking R&B and psychedelic experimental rock to today’s kaleidoscopic & jazzy psych-soul-pop that fills their current, excellent Walking Witness album. Internet: Honey B & T-Bones MySpace:  Honey B & T-Bones Facebook:  Honey B & T-Bones
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International Blues Challenge IBC 2013; Finland’s entrant was Ismo Haavisto Band

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Ismo Haavisto Band: Ismo Haavisto (vocal, quitar, harmonica), Jonni Seppälä (quitar), Ville Kujala (bass) and Mikko Järvinen (drums)

Ismo Haavisto Band formed by Ismo Haavisto (vocal, quitar, harmonica), Jonni Seppälä (quitar), Ville Kujala (bass) and Mikko Järvinen (drums) traveled to Memphis TN as a Finnish entrant for the International Blues Challenge (IBC) organized by the Blues Foundation (29.1.-2.2.2013). The band was nominated by the Finnish Blues Society (Affiliate Member of Blues Foundation). – Ismo Haavisto is known as a great harpist, guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is a professional musician and has played with many well-known blues musicians like Kim Wilson, Lurrie Bell, Otis Grand, Bill Sims, Steve Guyger, Delta Highway, Jessie Mae Hemphill and Sharon Lewis. Ismo Haavisto has several groups in Finland and he is considered to be part of the “Finnish blues elite”. Internet: Ismo Haavisto Band. MySpace:  Ismo Haavisto Band.

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Finnish trio Micke & Lefty feat. Chef performed at International Blues Challenge (Feb 2012)

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A Finnish trio Micke & Lefty feat. Chef  travelled to Memphis TN as a Finnish entrant for the International Blues Challenge (IBC) organized by the Blues Foundation (1.-4.2.2012). The trio was nominated by the Finnish Blues Society (Affiliate Member). Check their playabouts in Memphis through Micke’s Facebook updates.

Webpage: Micke & Lefty

MySpace: Micke & Lefty

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