Bluesdoodles Thoughts: Guitar and pounding drum resonant the message of this much-loved and instant recognisable carol. Erja’s voice is emotive and her interpretation is different and yet timeless. She has grasped its beautiful simplicity in her fingers. The European Blues Award-winning guitarist Erja Lyytinen will release her Christmas single Silent Night on Wednesday, November 10th.
“Every year we play Silent Night as part of our annual Blue Christmas tour in Finland,” says Erja. “I’ve always wanted to record our version of this timeless festive number. The song has such a beautiful melody. We did our best to capture the atmospheric mood of the song. We didn’t want to overdo anything, but to stay true to the Christmas spirit of the song. Our rendition is like a warm blanket that you wrap around yourself whilst sitting cosy in front of the fire. The song is heartfelt and elegant with a subtle arrangement.”
Silent Night is released during the lead up until Erja’s eagerly anticipated return to the UK for her first tour since 2019. The award-winning Finnish slide guitarist will tour the UK from February 4–12, 2022.
Erja will perform joint headliner shows with Chantel McGregor at London’s 100 Club (Feb 4), Leeds Brudenell Social Club (Feb 5) Milton Keynes, The Stables, (Feb 6), and Bilston’s Robin 2 (Feb 7).
The Finnish artist will play songs from her Lockdown Live 2020 album that was originally released as a CD/DVD package on November 6, 2020. The album captures a historic moment in time, as it was filmed and recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coincidentally, there are parallels between the situation people found themselves in during the pandemic, and Erja’s last studio album Another World (2019). “I recently watched the music video we made for the title track,” says Erja. “It gave me chills seeing the people in the video wearing masks as they tried to survive on their uninhabitable planet.”
During the early stages of the lockdown, artists took their shows to the Internet via live streams. Lyytinen decided that she wanted to give her fans the best and most concert-like experience possible. When the opportunity arose, the versatile Finn headed to Bluesounds Studios in her hometown of Kuopio, Finland on Mother’s Day Eve to record and film the live album/concert performance. The concert was broadcast over the Internet as part of a pay per view event, and now forms the basis of her notable studio-live album Lockdown Live 2020.
Bluesdoodles Review: Tom says, I have always loved the way Erja plays the guitar: the emotion, energy and passion flows through her dextrous fingers and bottleneck and this album shows it all beautifully. Erja Lyytinen performs Lo ckdown 2020 Live A Wonderful, album packed with quality songs and musicianship that feeds the blues into many different guises so well. Read Full Review HERE