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Micke Björklöf & Lefty Leppänen (FIN)

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Micke’t ja Lefty’t peetakse üheks Skandinaavia ja Euroopa huvitavamaks akustilise bluusi duoks. Eriliseks teeb neid nende andekas originaallooming, suurepärane pillimänguoskus ja hea häälte kooskõla. Nende muusika on segu Ameerika juurtemuusikast: country-bluusist, rockist, jazzist ning isegi Havai mõjutustest, nii on iga Micke ja Lefty kontsert on justkui iselaadne avastusretk.
Ville Leppänen, artistinimega Lefty Willie, on maailmatasemel resonaatorkitarri professionaal. Samuti peavad paljud teda üheks paremaks slide-kitarristiks Euroopas. Tema lavapartner Micke Björklof on aga üks tuntumaid võimsa häälematerjaliga bluusilauljaid ja bändiliidreid Soomes. Mõnikord liitub nendega ka kolmas liige – bassimängija Chef Kivimäki. Chef ühines duoga vahetult enne nende tunnustatud albumi “Big Bag” valmimist 2004. aastal. See suurepärane trio esindas Soomet 2011. aastal Euroopa Blues Challenge’i finaalis Berliinis ning 2012. aastal rahvusvahelisel Blues Challenge’il USA-s, Memphises.
20- aasta jooksul on Micke ja Lefty esinenud sadades lokaalides ja suurematel festivalidel Soomes. Nad on andnud kontserte ka Ameerikas, Saksamaal, Poolas, Rootsis, Norras, Slovakkias, Ungaris ja Eestis. Micke ja Lefty on koos avaldanud seitse albumit. Lisaks sellele projektile kohtuvad nad lavalaudadel ka tuntud Soome R&B bändi Micke Björklöf ja Blue Strip koosseisus.
Micke Björklöf: laul, suupill, kitarr, perkussioon
Lefty Leppänen: laul, suupill, kitarr
Micke & Lefty is considered as one of the most interesting acoustic blues & roots duos in Scandinavia and Europe. Original material, excellent musicianship, acoustic instrumentation and both singing lead vocals make them sound distinctive. Their music is a rich mixture of American roots music all from classics, influenced by country-blues spiced with some rock, jazz and even Hawaiian style. Micke and Lefty’s performance is a real acoustic roots & blues adventure.
Ville “Lefty Willie” Leppänen is a world class professional on a resonator guitar. He is also considered as one of the best slide guitar players in Europe. His companion Micke Björklöf is one of the best-known blues singers and bandleaders in Finland with a powerful voice. Occasionally a bass player Chef Kivimäki performs with the duo. He joined Micke and Lefty just a bit before sessions for their acclaimed debut album “Big Bag” in 2004. This superb trio represented Finland at the European Blues Challenge final in Berlin in 2011 and also at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA in 2012.
Micke & Lefty have performed together already for 20 years and released 7 albums. They’ve given concerts in hundreds of clubs and major festivals in Finland and as well in the USA, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Slovakia, Hungary and Estonia. Both of them are also a part of the top Finnish rhythm & blues band Micke Björklöf & Blue Strip.
Micke Björklöf: vocals, harmonica, guitar, percussion
Lefty Leppänen: vocals, harmonica, guitars