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Ensi lauantaina 13.10 Kokkola ja Scandinavian Blues Party klubi Corner´s. Micke & Lefty feat.Chef sähköistää tunnelman klo 23:00 alkaen.MLC seuraavan kerran koettavissa Kokkolassa 13.10 Scandinavian Blues Partyjen jatkoilla. Showtime 23:00, tulkaapa mestoille! ... See MoreSee Less

Ensi lauantaina 13.10 Kokkola ja Scandinavian Blues Party klubi Corner´s. Micke & Lefty feat.Chef sähköistää tunnelman klo 23:00 alkaen.

HOKAHEY MUSIC PRODUCTIONS SYKSYN KEIKAT:
Micke Björklöf & Blue Strip 25-Live Fall Tour 2018
22.9 Finnish Blues Society Cruise
24.9 Blues For Kids, Gloria, Helsinki
27.9 Sellosali, Espoo
28.9 Storyville, Helsinki
5.10 Raahesali, Raahe
9.11 Akustiikka, Ylivieska
10.11 Storyville, Helsinki
5.12 Teatteri Rio, Oulu
8.12 Juttutupa. Helsinki

Micke & Lefty feat.Chef
13.10 Scandinavian Blues Party, Kokkola

MLC with Eero Raittinen
3.11 Halloween Blues, Vaasa
24.11 Hela-Ravintola, Kauhava

Micke Björklöf & Lefty Leppänen
2.11 Halloween Blues, Vaasa
14.12 Pub 23, Kouvola
15.12 Pub 23, Kouvola

Kuva: Jarmo Vainionpää
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HOKAHEY MUSIC PRODUCTIONS SYKSYN KEIKAT:
Micke Björklöf & Blue Strip 25-Live Fall Tour 2018
22.9 Finnish Blues Society Cruise
24.9 Blues For Kids, Gloria, Helsinki
27.9 Sellosali, Espoo
28.9 Storyville, Helsinki
5.10 Raahesali, Raahe
9.11 Akustiikka, Ylivieska
10.11 Storyville, Helsinki
5.12 Teatteri Rio, Oulu
8.12 Juttutupa. Helsinki

Micke & Lefty feat.Chef
13.10 Scandinavian Blues Party, Kokkola

MLC with Eero Raittinen
3.11 Halloween Blues, Vaasa
24.11 Hela-Ravintola, Kauhava

Micke Björklöf & Lefty Leppänen
2.11 Halloween Blues, Vaasa
14.12 Pub 23, Kouvola
15.12 Pub 23, Kouvola

Kuva: Jarmo Vainionpää
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TOUR

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ABOUT

MEET THE BAND

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Micke Bjorklof:

vocals, drum&percussion, harmonica, guitar
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Lefty Leppänen:

vocals, acoustic & resonator guitars, harmonica
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Chef:

vocals, bass

BIO

ELECTRIFYIN´ ACOUSTIC BLUES
Entertainment with a capital E!!!
Micke Björklöf and Lefty Leppänen together with Mr.Chef are forming one of the most exciting acoustic blues and roots line ups in European blues scene today. One of their strongest trademarks is the powerful three-part harmonies as well as strong lead vocals sung by all band members. The band also stands out with their original material. It´s a rich mix of American roots music with influences from early delta- and country blues, spiced up with some bluegrass, rock, soul and Hawaiian flavours, with emphasis anyway on Blues! All these key elements with worldclass, explosive slide guitar, suitcase drum set and harmonica together make the band sound distinctive and authentic in the blues scene.
Through the years Micke & Lefty feat.Chef have stirred up audiences with their entertaining and energetic live shows wherever they play, from small club stages to big festival arenas in following countries: USA, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Slovakia, Hungary and Estonia. One of the career highlights has definatelly been when they opened for ZZ Top 2010 with an audience with over 15000 people. Trio represent Finland at the first European Blues Challenge in Berlin 2011 and at IBC in Memphis, USA 2012 being semifinalist.
Micke & Lefty has been working together over twenty years and collaborated on 8 albums so far. Both musicians are also a part of top Finnish bluesrock band Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip. Micke & Lefty has been working together over twenty years and collaborated on 8 albums so far. Both musicians are also a part of top Finnish bluesrock band Micke Bjorklof & Blue Strip.
Micke Bjorklof: vocals, drums & percussion, harmonica, guitar
Lefty Leppänen: vocals, acoustic & slide guitar, harmonica
Chef: vocals, bass

HISTORY

These two gentlemen started their musical collaboration in 1997 when the lead singer, harmonica player and bandleader Micke Björklöf (born –65) was looking for a new guitarist to his band, Micke Björklöf & BlueStrip (formed 1991) and asked Lefty Leppänen (born –66) to join the band. This world-class slide guitar virtuoso is also known from his previous work with Keystone Cops and his solo project Southpaw Steel N´ Twang. After playing few years together, they started talkin´ about doing some acoustic duo shows while the band was having a break from touring. They both shared a passion and love for older acoustic delta and country blues music; this would be great opportunity to play the music they both had strongly been influenced by. Their first show as duo, Micke and Lefty took place when they were asked by the festival organizer to fill up with an acoustic show due some cancellations. But a real kick-start came little later when they got a chance to open the show for Robert Plant and B.B King on the main stage at Puistoblues, the biggest blues festival in Finland, with audience over 10 000.

Musically it started as a spinoff from the MB& Blue Strip band, playing acoustic versions of the same material. Over the years it became and grew to a totally own band with original material and own repertoire. In the fall 2003 Micke & Lefty started to work on their forth coming debut album. “We thought it would be nice to get some upright bass on some tracks so we asked Mr. Chef Kivimäki to join us in the recording sessions”, says Björklöf. Those sessions were a blast! This talented young man has been cooking´ his bass rhythms and singing with Micke & Lefty since then. Nowadays Micke & Lefty perform mostly as trio with Chef but are still doing some duo performances every now and then. Their critically acclaimed debut album “Big Bag” was released 2004 by Bluelight Records. The album introduced strong original material among couple of unique performances of classic tracks.

2010 Micke & Lefty feat.Chef celebrated their 10th anniversary with releasing a new album “Up the Wall” (Hokahey Records!). This was already the fifth album where Björklöf and Leppänen were collaborating. With the follower to the critically acclaimed “Big Bag” album they took a huge step forward; hundreds of live shows had improved their unique band sound and made this trio very tight and groovy, which you really can hear on the album. The album was mainly recorded live in studio just to get as close as possible of the magic of a live show. Also bass player Chef has got his space as lead vocalist this time. Up the Wall album contains 11original tracks and 2 cover tracks, Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie” and Willie Dixon’s Big Three Trio’s “Come Here Baby”.

Key tracks on the “Up the Wall” album: “You Better Me”, the first radio single is strongly soul and gospel influenced song with great harmony vocals. This song also has some real crossover potential. “Up the wall” the title tracks for the album, with Micke on lead vocals. This is a really authentic down-home blues song. This will also be the first ever-filmed music video for the band. “Clean up” is a tight Louisiana flavoured rock´n roll song with Chef on lead vocals. “Guitar man” is an up tempo blues song with lyrics from blues guy’s hard but rewarding life; it’s also Lefty’s showcase of his fantastic slide guitar playing. He also sings this track.

DISCOGRAPHY

MICKE & LEFTY- BIG BAG

2004 (Bluelight Records)

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  1. It´s Allright Tonight
  2. I Can´t Be Satisfied
  3. Dollar Blues
  4.  Broken Window State Of Mind
  5. Mississippi
  6. Another Mean Red Spider
  7. Love´s Made a Fool Of You
  8. If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day
  9. Do The Right Thing
  10. Got You On My Mind
  11. Coffee, Bacon And Eggs
  12. Hawaii In Space

Produced by Micke Björklöf & Ville “Lefty Willie” Leppänen

Line up:

Micke Björklöf: vocals, drums & percussion, dobro, harmonica
Lefty Leppänen: vocals, guitars, mandolin, tenorbanjo, harmonica

Additional musicians:

Miikka “Chef” Kivimäki: upright bass, acoustic bass, background vocals
Mika Virkkala: fiddle on “Love´s made a fool of you”
Kimmo Ahola: grand piano sound on “If I had possession…”

MICKE & LEFTY feat.CHEF – UP THE WALL

2010 (Hokahey! Records)  

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  1. You Better Me
  2. I´m A Guitar Man
  3. Up The Wall
  4. Clean Up
  5. Come Here Baby
  6. Ultimate All-around Man
  7. Good Friend
  8. Busy
  9. Attention
  10. You know
  11. Good Ol´ Train
  12. Polk Salad Annie
  13. Don´t Take It So Hard

Produced by Micke, Lefty and Chef

Line up:

Micke Björklöf: vocals, drums & percussion, dobro, harmonica
Lefty Leppänen: vocals, National steel, pedal steel, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, harmonica
Chef: vocals, upright bass, acoustic bass

Additional musicians:

Pekka Gröhn: organ

REVIEWS

Blues Blast Magazine, USA
When hearing the words ‘three-part harmony’, what types of music come to mind?
Gospel might be first and foremost, with soul and country close behind. How about
this magazine’s favorite subject? Most of the harmony there typically comes via
instrumentation, especially guitar and keyboards. However, Finland’s Micke Björklöf
(Micke, pronounced ‘Mickey’), his colleague Lefty (Lefty Leppänen) and frequent trio
member Chef (Chef Kivimäki) aim to bring this vocal specialization back to the blues.
Up The Wall is the fifth album on which Micke and Lefty have collaborated, featuring
eleven original songs and two covers (Willie Dixon’s Big Three Trio’s “Come Here
Baby” and Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie”). This duo has been together since
1997, when lead vocalist and harmonica guru Björklöf sought a new guitarist to join
his band – Micke Björklöf and Blue Strip, formed in 1991. Lefty Leppänen, a worldclass
slide virtuoso, is also known from his previous work with the Keystone Cops.
The two of them, along with bassist Chef, present a smorgasbord of songs. These
three are scrumptious:
Track 02: “I’m a Guitar Man” – This autobiographical, up-tempo tune with a rollicking
beat and witty lyrics could (and probably should) have been first. Lefty Leppänen
launches into it with friendly ferocity: “Started out as a troubadour; I played the
streets and bars. I never made the headlines like ‘em rock and roll stars. But I don’t
mind – I’m a boy no more, and I’ve found the thing that I’m looking for.” His mastery of
the National steel guitar is consummate, especially on the song’s bridge. He also
sings carefree lead vocals, which are only a trifle hard to understand.
Track 03: “Up the Wall” – The title track is a traditional electric blues stomp, featuring
a killer electric guitar refrain by Lefty and whip crack-style sound effects to mark the
beat. Everything about “Up the Wall” screams ’blues purist heaven’ in blazing red
neon lights. “Gimme your number,” Micke pleads repeatedly, but when punctuated by
the cracking sound, it seems far more like a command than a request. Is this a
romantic song? Maybe not, but it’s danceable anyway.
Track 08: “Busy” – Number eight may be considered the flip side of “Up the Wall”,
after all the metaphorical ‘climbing’ has been accomplished. Our narrator has found
that it’s time to settle down: “Workin’ like a bee, lovin’ like a man. Feeding the tribe, I
do the best I can. I’ve been busy – I’ve been a good ole family guy. I’ll keep the big
wheels a-rollin’ until the day I die.” Micke plays suitcase, hi-hat drums and triangle
while Lefty takes the vocal lead again.
Included with this album is a handy lyrics booklet. Micke and Lefty will drive blues
fans Up the Wall – with desire to hit the ‘play’ button on their CD players!
Bman´s Blues Report, USA
I just received the newest release, Up The Wall, by Micke & Lefty (Featuring Chef).
Opening with acoustic ballad, You Better Me, Micke Björklöf on vocals,
drums&percussion, harmonica, guitar, Lefty Leppänen on vocals, acoustic- and national
steel guitar and Chef on vocals and bass sing in incredibly sweet harmony. I’m A
Guitar Man is an acoustic track featuring alternating vocal leads and hard driving Texas
style boogie. Lead resonator guitar soloing by Lefty is quick and clean. Up The Wall
has a simple country blues feel with cool guitar and harp riffs under vocal lead by
Micke, and clean bass and drums. Clean Up opens with a cool slide riff and had a early
sixties rockabilly feel. Slick slide work throughout and clever vocal backing make this
one of toe coolest tracks yet. Come Here Pretty Baby again showcases cool vocal
harmonies and clever guitar finger work. Ultimate All Around Man has a bit of a Cajun
feel with a light march beat from Micke. With it’s light springy feel and Lefty’s cool
resonator work and lead vocals make this a radio likely favorite. Good Friend has the
feel of a contemporary “old style” country blues. Nice acoustic 12 string by lefty and
harp work by Micke highlight this track. Busy really has a fast paced rhythm with train
like rhythm and slick country infused blues guitar riffs. Very nice! Attention again rubs
up against the rockabilly fence with rim shots and vocal harmonies. Nicely coordinated
guitar and harp lead gives this track additional spunk. You Know has a really nice bass
opening by Chef. With a general feel of St James Infirmary, this is a cool dramatic track
with nice vocal harmonies, a willowy harp solo from Micke and spatial pedal steel work
from Lefty. Good Ol’ Train has a real country flavor with soft country vocals and
featuring a really sweet guitar solo from Lefty. Pablo Grolin also adds a cool organ part
throughout. Tony Joe White’s Poke Salad Annie gets a more Latin feel but maintaining an acoustic sympathy and slide guitar overdrive. Nice take on a classic track. Wrapping the track is Don’t Take It So Hard, a melodic ballad. Again strong vocal harmonies highlighted by Lefty on guitar, banjo and mandolin define this track. A full bluegrass breakdown provides a fitting close for an interesting release.

MEDIA

PHOTOS

CONTACT

Bookings:

International Bookings, PR, General Requests & Management:

Hokahey! Music Productions / Hokahey! Records
Kaisankuja 2
62200 Kauhava
Finland
+358 40 5811981

Bookings in Germany, Austria & Switzerland
(with partners in Poland, Slovakia, Czech Rep.):

KBN Veranstaltungsagentur
R.Neumann
Langenfelderdamm 91
22525 Hamburg
Germany
Tel:  +49(0)40 54 76 52 94
Fax:+49(0)40 52 59 03 99
Mob: +49(0)172 430 72 20

Bookings in Benelux:

Bluesther Music Agency
Griegstraat 18
2901 JW Capelle aan den Ijssel
Phone: 0032 6 423 748 43
info@bluesther.nl

Bookings in Norway:

Arctic Music
Freddy Iversen
booking@arcticmusic.no
+47 40 24 96 78

Bookings in Japan:

Moosehead Productions, LLC
Tom Noguchi

Record Label:

Hokahey! Records
Kaisankuja 2
62200 Kauhava
Finland
+358 40 5811981

Publicity & Distribution

Germany (publicity)
UB-communications
Uta Bretsch
Beethovenstraße 15
D-50674 Köln
Germany
+49(0)221 – 420 44 62

Scandinavia
Playground Music
Tom Pannula
Pl 222
33201 Tampere
+358 (0)10 292 0501
tom@playgroundmusic.com

Europe
CRS / Continental Record Services
Industrieweg 9
6673 DE Andelst.
Netherlands
bertp@continental.nl