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Walk in for Finnish blues artiste Erja Lyytinena��s first Indian gig

Slide guitarist Erja Lyytinen a�?did not know that there is a blues music scene in Indiaa�? until she received an invite to perform here. So the Finnish blues singer-songwriter is more than looking forward to her first gig in this part of the world.

a�?Ia��m hoping to make some new friends and fans in India. And for decades musicians have come to India looking for inspiration, such as The Beatles, so maybe therea��ll be a bit of a soul searching for me too!a�? says Lyytinen.

And shea��s come loaded for her Indian debut. First, shea��s got a new band, comprising Kai Jokiaho on drums, Antti Ikola on keyboards, Hammond as well as a�?the 20-something with the soul of an old mana�? Tatu Back on bass.

Shea��s got new riffs too! a�?We play mostly blues/rock, so our sound is modern, and a bit raw. Since I am a slide guitarist, therea��ll be a lot of down-to-earth shuffle blues too. Wea��ll also play new songs, which havena��t been recorded yet. The songs wea��ll play are similar to the works of artistes such as Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin.a�?

Lyytinen was bitten by the blues bug around the age of 18. a�?I saw Ray Charles on VHS, and I was touched by his emotional performance. I wanted to do the same, so I put together a blues band with my guitarist friend. There was something much deeper, and more honest in blues than any other music I was studying at the time,a�? Lyytinen recollects, adding that Bonnie Raitt, and Koko Taylor are her favourites. a�?Luckily I got to perform with these two great ladies in 2003 at a fest in Finland,a�? she says.

And how is it collaborating with her rhythm guitarist husband Davide Floreno? a�?When making music, you have to leave your ego, and just play the music. Artistes, of course, are always stubborn and want to have their own way. I guess Ia��m very much like that too!a�? laughs Lyytinen, whoa��ll get busy with gigs in the UK, Germany, Belgium, and Scandinavia later this year. A new album is also in the pipeline.
April 8-9. At Windmills Craftworks, Whitefield. 9.30 pm. Tickers (Rs 500 upwards) on bookmyshow.com
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