Mike Westhues Band / Fyyralyyra Pop-Liisa 14

LP

15,32 

excl. VAT

Black vinyl, 200 copies.

In the early 1900s it usually took several decades for new trends (in arts and music for example) to reach Finland – if they ever did. Things changed in the 1960s which was a revolutionary period in pop culture and music. In the pop music circles there were also a few people that were musically influential and exotic figures as individuals to the Finnish scene: for example Jim Pembroke and Frank Robson from the UK and Mike Westhues from the US.

All of the mentioned artists moved to Finland in the 60s and 70s. But unlike Pembroke and Robson, Mike Westhues (1949–2013) lived in Finland for only a short period (in the 1970s and again in the mid 00s). He recorded four albums in Finland altogether.

Mike Westhues Band performed at the Popstudio in 1977 before his Goodbye Rosalita album. Usually Mike performed solo with just his guitar and harmonica but occasionally with a band as well. For this Popstudio set he had been able to gather an impressive lineup behind him: Dave Lindholm (electric guitar), Make Lievonen (electric bass), Heikki Hiekkala (piano), Urpo “Zape” Leppänen (drums, backing vocals) and Tiitta Spout (backing vocals).

“This was a great band, like a mixture of Orfeus and Pen Lee”, says Dave Lindholm now. Lindholm was already involved with Westhues’ debut album in 1972.

The second band of the show, Fyyralyyra, came from Jyväskylä. Musically the contrast between the two acts is quite extreme but interesting: as Mike Westhues Band played American country rock, Fyyralyyra played prog rock and jazz-influenced traditional folk. But what the two have in common is that they both represent romantic and traditional culture. As such, the set is an interesting collision of American and Finnish culture in one live radio show.

Fyyralyyra was a very new band in the Finnish music scene at the time since it was founded just a year earlier in 1976. Nevertheless its members already had a long experience in folk music. In this case the word “folk” refers to traditional folk, not the 1950s–60s American folk in the popular music context (from the likes of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger etc.)

Fyyralyyra’s music was a unique mix of different styles. The songs are based on folk melodies but they have long, improvisational parts that grow into free jazz jams. Because of their musical style the band was very often compared to Piirpauke and the press considered Fyyralyyra “following Piirpauke’s footsteps”.

 

MIKE WESTHUES BAND

Live Broadcast on Channel Two, Wednesday, May 18th, 1977, 8 pm to 8.40 pm. Produced by YLE. Hosted by Jake Nyman.

 

A1. BAND INTRODUCTION by Mike Westhues (0:39)

A2. LONELY SWEET MARIE (3:50)

Music and lyrics by Mike Westhues

A3. HONKY-TONK JAMBOREE (2:21)

Music and lyrics by Mike Westhues

A4. ROLL ONE UP (3:16)

Music and lyrics by Mike Westhues

A5. NORTHERN NIGHTS (4:58)

Music and lyrics by Mike Westhues

A6. SALTY PRINCESS (3:16)

Music and lyrics by Mike Westhues

 

MIKE WESTHUES – vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar

TIITTA SPOUT – backing vocals

HEIKKI HIEKKALA – piano

DAVE LINDHOLM – electric guitar

MAKE LIEVONEN – electric bass

URPO ”ZAPE” LEPPÄNEN – drums, backing vocals

 

FYYRALYYRA

Live Broadcast on Channel Two, Wednesday, May 18th, 1977, 8 pm to 8.40 pm. Produced by YLE. Hosted by Jake Nyman.

 

B1. SPOKEN INTRODUCTION by Jake Nyman (0:54)

B2. PRELUDI / HOPPATAHTI KAUSTISELTA (2:37)

Music by Hannu Lehtoranta / trad. (Finnish folk song), arranged by Jouni Koskimäki

B3. ITÄKARJALAISET RISTIKONTRAT (6:38)

trad. (Finnish folk song), arranged by Jouni Koskimäki & Hannu Lehtoranta

B4. JOHN RYAN’S POLKA (1:58)

trad. (Irish folk song), arranged by Jouni Koskimäki

B5. TURUN LINNA (7:15)

Music by Hannu Lehtoranta

 

JOUNI KOSKIMÄKI – lead mandolin (B2, B5), bouzouki (B4), balalaika (B3), accordion (B3)

HANNU LEHTORANTA – Chinese flute (on Preludi), recorders (B5), alto saxophone (B3), rhythm mandolin (B2, B4)

ARTO KAKKO – electric guitar

HANNU TÄHTELÄ – electric bass

JOUNI ”JONNE” KESTI – drums

 

Mike Westhues Band / Fyyralyyra Pop-Liisa 14

LP (blue)

16,13 

excl. VAT

Blue vinyl, 150 copies.

In the early 1900s it usually took several decades for new trends (in arts and music for example) to reach Finland – if they ever did. Things changed in the 1960s which was a revolutionary period in pop culture and music. In the pop music circles there were also a few people that were musically influential and exotic figures as individuals to the Finnish scene: for example Jim Pembroke and Frank Robson from the UK and Mike Westhues from the US.

All of the mentioned artists moved to Finland in the 60s and 70s. But unlike Pembroke and Robson, Mike Westhues (1949–2013) lived in Finland for only a short period (in the 1970s and again in the mid 00s). He recorded four albums in Finland altogether.

Mike Westhues Band performed at the Popstudio in 1977 before his Goodbye Rosalita album. Usually Mike performed solo with just his guitar and harmonica but occasionally with a band as well. For this Popstudio set he had been able to gather an impressive lineup behind him: Dave Lindholm (electric guitar), Make Lievonen (electric bass), Heikki Hiekkala (piano), Urpo “Zape” Leppänen (drums, backing vocals) and Tiitta Spout (backing vocals).

“This was a great band, like a mixture of Orfeus and Pen Lee”, says Dave Lindholm now. Lindholm was already involved with Westhues’ debut album in 1972.

The second band of the show, Fyyralyyra, came from Jyväskylä. Musically the contrast between the two acts is quite extreme but interesting: as Mike Westhues Band played American country rock, Fyyralyyra played prog rock and jazz-influenced traditional folk. But what the two have in common is that they both represent romantic and traditional culture. As such, the set is an interesting collision of American and Finnish culture in one live radio show.

Fyyralyyra was a very new band in the Finnish music scene at the time since it was founded just a year earlier in 1976. Nevertheless its members already had a long experience in folk music. In this case the word “folk” refers to traditional folk, not the 1950s–60s American folk in the popular music context (from the likes of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger etc.)

Fyyralyyra’s music was a unique mix of different styles. The songs are based on folk melodies but they have long, improvisational parts that grow into free jazz jams. Because of their musical style the band was very often compared to Piirpauke and the press considered Fyyralyyra “following Piirpauke’s footsteps”.

MIKE WESTHUES BAND

Live Broadcast on Channel Two, Wednesday, May 18th, 1977, 8 pm to 8.40 pm. Produced by YLE. Hosted by Jake Nyman.

 

A1. BAND INTRODUCTION by Mike Westhues (0:39)

A2. LONELY SWEET MARIE (3:50)

Music and lyrics by Mike Westhues

A3. HONKY-TONK JAMBOREE (2:21)

Music and lyrics by Mike Westhues

A4. ROLL ONE UP (3:16)

Music and lyrics by Mike Westhues

A5. NORTHERN NIGHTS (4:58)

Music and lyrics by Mike Westhues

A6. SALTY PRINCESS (3:16)

Music and lyrics by Mike Westhues

 

MIKE WESTHUES – vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar

TIITTA SPOUT – backing vocals

HEIKKI HIEKKALA – piano

DAVE LINDHOLM – electric guitar

MAKE LIEVONEN – electric bass

URPO ”ZAPE” LEPPÄNEN – drums, backing vocals

 

FYYRALYYRA

Live Broadcast on Channel Two, Wednesday, May 18th, 1977, 8 pm to 8.40 pm. Produced by YLE. Hosted by Jake Nyman.

 

B1. SPOKEN INTRODUCTION by Jake Nyman (0:54)

B2. PRELUDI / HOPPATAHTI KAUSTISELTA (2:37)

Music by Hannu Lehtoranta / trad. (Finnish folk song), arranged by Jouni Koskimäki

B3. ITÄKARJALAISET RISTIKONTRAT (6:38)

trad. (Finnish folk song), arranged by Jouni Koskimäki & Hannu Lehtoranta

B4. JOHN RYAN’S POLKA (1:58)

trad. (Irish folk song), arranged by Jouni Koskimäki

B5. TURUN LINNA (7:15)

Music by Hannu Lehtoranta

 

JOUNI KOSKIMÄKI – lead mandolin (B2, B5), bouzouki (B4), balalaika (B3), accordion (B3)

HANNU LEHTORANTA – Chinese flute (on Preludi), recorders (B5), alto saxophone (B3), rhythm mandolin (B2, B4)

ARTO KAKKO – electric guitar

HANNU TÄHTELÄ – electric bass

JOUNI ”JONNE” KESTI – drums