Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha combines Balkan Gypsy rhythms, old Russian romances and the golden era of Finnish tango. In the extreme conditions of Lapland, these ingredients create a fiery and passionate musical brew, with flavours ranging from deep despair to the most elated joy.

"We come from Lapland, from small towns called Salla, Inari and Rovaniemi. Our music is a specialty marinated in many soups. In it, you may hear echos from Balkan gypsy music, romances and old Finnish humppa. Our band consists of vocal, trumpet, bouzouki, accordion, double bass and drums. The songs are mainly our own compositions, with love and it´s bitter beauty as a main theme in lyrics, including other key elements of life, like mortality, the deceptive glow of memories, the swaying earthly happiness and the inexorable vanity of our ambitions. Joy and sorrow are engaged in our melodies and rhythms, just like in life itself."

Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha was established in 2009 after which they have been touring hard around Finland from very northern Lapland to Helsinki. Neither have they forgotten the foreigners. On the contrary, they have visited many times the Baltic and Scandinavian countries as well as Germany, Ukraine, Turkey and Russia! During the year 2010 only they did 80 gigs. From big festivals with thousands of listeners to shabby little pubs, culture houses, a living room, streets, weddings and in clubs.

Jaakko Laitinen (vocals), Marko Roininen (accordion), Tuomo Kuure (double bass), Janne Hast (drums), Jarkko Niemelä (trumpet, bouzouki)

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