Young Finn returns to blues club

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YOUNG Finnish blues-rocker Erja Lyytinen will kick off Scarborough Blues Club’s spring season at the Cask next Tuesday.

Erja Lyytinen – pronounced Area Lute u nun – was a guest on the Paul Jones show on Radio 2 on Monday.

Although not so well known in this country as UK blues-rockers Oli Brown and Joanne Shaw Taylor, she is much better known on the continent and has featured on the Blues Caravan tour several times. 

“Erja is known as the Bonnie Rait of Finland and is a great guitarist, singer and entertainer, as evidenced by her appearance on Radio 2” says club promoter Mark Horsley. 

“Her most recent album, Voracious Love, showcases her immense talent. It is a mixture of blues, rock, R&B and more delicate numbers,” Mark says.

Blues Matters magazine praised the “haunting quality” of her slide guitar playing and her “vocal prowess”. 

Erja will be bringing her band from Finland: Davide Floreno on rhythm guitar, Matti Vallius on bass and Rami Eskelinen on drums.

“She will also be bringing her own sound engineer, which should give people a good idea about the quality of her performance,” Mark says.

Tickets cost £12 (£10 for club members) and can be bought at Guitar Galleries in Bar Street, Record Revivals in Northway and from Mark on 07956 925925.

The new season includes shows by Oli Brown (12 April), Aynsley Lister (19 April), Chantel McGregor (3 May), the Billy Walton Band from New Jersey (17 May), WT Feaster, also from the USA (31 May) and Mitch Laddie (21 June).

From 24-27 March, the club is running a blues festival at the Cask and the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

On the bill are the Tom Townsend Blues Band, Miles Gilderdale’s Blueflies, the Stefan Ward Band, the Ian Parker Acoustic Trio, 24 Pesos, Krissy Matthew, Guy Tortora, Alan Nimmo’s King King, Hokie Joint and Never the Bride.

Further details are available on the club’s website at