Same name but different styles

ON her visit to Scarborough Blues Club, Erja Lyytinen opened in her usual explosive style with Voracious Love, the title track of her latest CD.

As bright and bubbly as ever, Erja enticed the audience into her web with an infectious enthusiasm for both the club and her music.

She has kept her rock-chick image, enforced by her recording company, but changed her hairstyle back to normal, having removed the harsh forehead fringe.

Also gone was the leather skirt, though she still looked extremely sexy in her trademark black leggings and figure-hugging dress as she belted out I’m Not a Good Girl.

Still accompanying her on guitar was Davide Floreno, but her usual rhythm section were missing, as one was on holiday and the other’s wife was due to give birth. Instead, she had recruited the excellent Roger Inniss on six-string bass and an equally good drummer from Helsinki called Miri Miettinen. All her favourite songs were played, including Grip of the Blues, Oil and Water, Mississippi Calling and Tina Turner’s Steamy Windows. Erja then pranced into the audience playing Skinny Girl on slide guitar and downed her usual short at the bar.

Soul of a Man was the encore, ending a thoroughly enjoyable night.