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Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

Where: Juuksur
When: 25.03.2011
Time: 22:00


The Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha quintet was started in 2009 by five Laplanders living in Helsinki. The band sings about the sorrows and joys of living, from unrequited love and money that disappears like soap bubbles, to remembering the good times and the way life tends to triumph in the end. All this is couched in a mixture of Balkan Gypsy music, old Russian melodies and a touch of the immortal tangos by the great Finnish masters. In other words it marries one of the world's great transnational musical traditions with melodrama born in the vast distances of the world's largest country and a music that travelled to the other side of the world from the brothels of Buenos Aires, to find a cold home in the north. The music of Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha, albeit sung in Finnish, was born to travel. Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha have played a ton of gigs all over Finland and Estonia, to audiences consisting of pensioners and punk rockers and everything in between. Works for any celebration, from village fairs and suburban bars to the grandest concert halls and the hippest dancefloors. Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha released their self-titled debut on Helmi Levyt and received overwhelming reviews from Finnish media.