[published: March 19th, 2013]

"Whisky in my Blood" by DAVE ARCARI & HELLSINKI HELLRAISERS is going to be released on Monday, March 25th, 2013 (BNCD 012 & BNLP 012)!

As well as CD, the album will be available on limited edition heavyweight coloured vinyl (with a free digital download). Standalone digital download (iTunes, Amazon MP3 eMusic etc) is via Buzz Records, UK.

Celtic spirit and passion slide guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari is accompanied on all tracks but one by Hellsinki Hellraisers consisting of seasoned musicians coming from the capital of Finland, Helsinki: Juuso Haapasalo (upright & electric bass) and Honey Aaltonen (snare drum, cymbal, rub-board), both of whom featured on three tracks on Arcari’s last album, Nobody’s Fool (Dixiefrog Records, France).

On this new album Arcari & Hellsinki Hellraisers offer 14 tracks of rough playing, which all are written by Arcari, except three covers; Bukka White’s Jitterbug Swing plus Walkin’ Blues and Preachin’ Blues from Robert Johnson. Arcari’s music sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have previously been showcased via seven internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases.

Said about Dave Arcari:

”Dave plays like he got his skin turned inside out and pretty soon my skin was insideout too listening and it was all good. That boy bleeds for you - he's a real down deep player and a soul man.”

Recordings: Sonic Pump Studios, Helsinki 2012. Mixing: Sonic Pump Studios & Paul Savage @ Chem19 Studios, Glasgow. Mastering: Collin Jordan @ Boiler Room, Chicago, USA. Production: Dave Arcari & Maiju Lasola. Publishing: Blue North Records / Finnish Blues Society.

FORMATS: Vinyl (180gsm, coloured, ltd edition), CD (6pp digipak), digital download
LABEL: Blue North (Finland) – vinyl, CD / Buzz Records (UK) – digital download
CAT. NO: CD – BNCD012 / vinyl – BNLP012 / digital BRS012013
EAPN: CD – 6417698114744 / vinyl – 6417698114751

More information: Finnish Blues Society/Blue North Records/Blues News magazine - Maiju Lasola, tel: +358 50 356 4102.
Dave Arcari; BUZZ, PO Box 15, Glasgow G63 0WR, Scotland, UK
e-mail: . Tel: +44 1360 870248.

Dave Arcari & The Hellsinki Hellraisers -
"Whisky in my Blood" (BNCD & BNLP 012)

BRAND NEW DAVE ARCARI ALBUM out on Blue North Records in March! [published: February 3rd, 2013]

Watch the trailer of forthcoming Dave Arcari album 'Whisky In My Blood', out on Blue North label on March 25th - available on ltd. edition 180 gr. coloured vinyl with free download / deluxe digipak CD / digital download!

STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY! - Blues and Roots Music City Festival at Helsinki Savoy Theatre on April 5th-7th, 2013! [published: January 15th, 2013]

Now in its third year, the ”Stompin' at the Savoy” event, offers a wide variety music styles for roots music lovers. On Friday and Saturday the evening concerts at the Helsinki Savoy Theatre will be followed by a Dance Hall Party at the Restaurant Katsomo. On Sunday afternoon, a wide Maxwell Street Market type happening will take place at the Savoy Theatre lobby and Restaurant Katsomo. The festival brings on stage a variety of high-profile and front-row roots music performers from both home and abroad. Except for Eddie Shaw, who performed in 1992 in the "Winter Blues" tour, for other international artists the ”Stompin' at the Savoy” festival is their first visit to Finland.

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Friday 5.4. at 19-22:

Saturday 6.4. at 18-22:

Friday 5.4 and Saturday 6.4. Dance Hall Party @ Restaurant Katsomo at 22-:
THE RELICS (FIN) & guests & DJs

Sunday 7.4. "Maxwell Street Market" at 11-17:
Blues-roots-type market event at the Savoy Theatre lobby! Vintage clothing sales, Record sales, Hand workers, Instrument makers, Live music, etc.

Sunday 7.4. Live @ Restaurant Katsomo at 12-16:

TICKETS: Fri 32,-, Sat 32,-, Fri-Sat together 55,- / Children 10,- (under 15y) / Dance Hall Partys at Restaurant Katsomo, Free Entrance / Sunday, Free Entrance.

Ticket Sale: Savoy Theatre and Lippupalvelu

The festival is organized by Finnish Blues Society, in collaboration with Helsingin Kulttuurikeskus (City of Helsinki Cultural Office), The U.S. Embassy Helsinki, Studiotec, Juurimusiikki ry.


David Evans (USA) - Grammy-winning Evans is one of the key figures in the blues circles, and who, while working as a ethnomusicologist and director of the Ethnomusicology Studies program (Memphis University), has written numerous world-wide attention winning books on the blues, and since the beginning of the 1980's operated his High Water record company, still highly regarded by the blues industry. He is also an accomplished musician, who has recorded his own country-blues tinged repertoire since 1997, run the workshops and performed as a solo artist as well as with a number of different bands on remarkable arenas. On his first visit to Finland he is seen at Savoy with his own acoustic guitar accompaniment only.

Tommy Brown (USA) - Tommy Brown is a living legend. He is best remembered for his rhythm 'n' blues classics from the 50's, which also include the 1951 Billboard # 1 hit ”Weepin' & Cryin'”. Born 1931, Brown still records and performs actively around the world. He is described as a performer who will make you dance, sing, laugh and cry, and this all during one set only.

Dr. Snout & his Hogs of Rhythm (FIN) – This 6-piece band consisting of leading Finnish musicians will accompany Tommy Brown at the Savoy Theatre, and acts as a ”house band” at the Dance Hall Party in the evening. The band's roots are in the 70's, and its members share a love for 40's and 50's jump blues, not forgetting the rock'n'roll and vocal group influences. At the club the Hogs of Rhythm perform with guests, such as Finnish doowop group The Relics.

The Relics (FIN) – Based in the metropolitan area, The Relics is Finland's only doowop group performing in an authentic 1950's singing group style, and they have long worked just with the Hogs of Rhythm orchestra.

Demetria Taylor Blues Band feat. Eddie Taylor Jr & Eddie Shaw (USA) - Demetria Taylor ("The Bad Girl of the Blues"), and Eddie Taylor Jr. are the world-famous blues legend Eddie Taylor's descendants, who have created extensive careers on the blues scene. At their first visit to Finland they arrive with an ”all-black" band, which includes also the famous Chicago blues artist, tenor saxophonist Eddie Shaw, who has also been a been a member and an orchestra leader of Muddy Waters' and Howlin 'Wolf's bands during his career . Own recordings he has done since 1978. Demetria Taylor's most recent achievements include the 2012 Female Blues Vocalist Award, awarded by The Bay Area Blues Society West Coast Hall of Fame.

Fabulettes (FIN) - Fabulettes is a vintage soul band consisting of Mari Hatakka, Tiina Isohanni and Saara Soisalo, founded in 1993. The band performed actively throughout the 90's, e.g. in their own popular clubs, mainly in the metropolitan area. Other musicians in the band are also familiar from other contexts and solo projects.

Rita Engedalen & Backbone (NOR) - Rita Engedalen representing the Scandinavian dimension for ”Stompin’ At The Savoy” is a strong-voiced singer influenced by the American folk and blues music. In 2012 she won the European Blues Challenge organized by the European Blues Union. Rita arrives in Finland – she also for the first time – with her high-quality Backbone band.

Si Cranstoun & His Band (UK) - Si Cranstoun has been in great demand for a few years, and he has been requested to Finland for some time. Now, this charismatic performer, blessed with a great classical singing voice and an spellbinding presentation skill, is coming to play at the Savoy Theatre with His Band his jump-style danceable rhythm music, as presented in sold-out gigs in various parts of Europe.

Jussi Syren & the Groundbreakers (FIN) - This group is one of the few bluegrass groups outside USA, who have actively played worldwide for years. The widely known group has received a lot of visibility in the world and has released several albums. Its members are all knowledgeable and seasoned musicians.

Lena & The Slide Brothers (FIN) - Heavily influenced by American roots music, Lena & The Slide Brothers consists of seasoned musicians played in different bands for more than a couple of decades. The band's music represents not only the blues and country music, but also some nuances from soul, rock, bluegrass and gospel.