Micke Bjorklof & The Blue Strip @ Tivoli Club, Bremerhaven DE on 2019-10-27. Very vibrant stage show. The band and the audience were really in a very good mood.
Band Members are:
Micke Bjorklof: Lead vocals, harmonica, guitar
Lefty Leppänen: Electric- and national steel guitar, vocals
Teemu Vuorela: Drums
Daniel Iiskola: Bass
Timo Roiko-Jokela: Percussion, MalletKAT
Bandleader and singer Micke Bjorklof founded Blue Strip with bass player Seppo Nuolikoski in 1991. After a few changes at the very start the line up has been the same for over fifteen years. They started as an acoustic blues/rock cover band but before long the roots & blues music and producing original material took over. Today the band is one of the most popular live acts in the roots & blues scene in Finland. They have stirred up audiences around Scandinavia and Europe with their energetic live shows wherever they play, from small clubs to big festival arenas. Opening shows for names like B.B. King, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Feat, Bill Wyman Rhythm Kings, Solomon Burke, Robert Plant etc. The sound of this exciting five piece band consists of the powerful vocals and harmonica of Micke Bjorklof and resourceful guitar playing of Lefty Leppänen, who is regarded as one of the top slide guitarists in Europe as well as percussion and mallet virtuoso Timo Roiko-Jokela who builds up the striking percussion elements with the dynamic drummer Teemu Vuorela and bass player Daniel Iiskola. Their energetic live shows have stirred up audiences from smoky Blues clubs to large Festival arenas around Europe. Throughout their career they’ve had the privilege of performing on stages in the presence of B.B King, Solomon Burke, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Feat, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and Robert Plant. Latest and their fifth album “After The flood” were recorded in New Orleans with producer Mark Bingham (Dr John, John Mooney etc.). Critically acclaimed album did even hit the Finnish charts. Album won the category of the best Finnish blues album of the year 2013 in annual voting at Bluesminister show, YLE Radio Suomi. Compared to the band’s earlier work the album features more percussive, more rhythmic, guitar-oriented material. Band performs unique original material, a contagious mix of groovy rockin’ blues with some “fonky” New Orleans rhythm and soul thrown in to add spice to the recipe with respecting blues traditions. Bjorklof and Leppänen participated at EBC 2011 with their acoustic trio Micke&Lefty feat. Chef. They also represented Finland at IBC 2012 in Memphis being semifinalist.
Their latest CD “Twentyfive Live at Baltica Blue” has been released in April 2018.