Author: Jussi Syren

Bluegrass musician

GIGS 2016-2017 & more to be announced!

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Keep yourself updated best by following our Facebook-page, or check out the website syren.fi!

Seuraa bändin Facebook-sivua tai katso syren.fi-sivustolta ajankohtaisimmat tiedot, lista kasvaa ja muuttuu aina välillä!

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What would bluegrass be without a banjo?

That answer you wont find in this song:
Here is the first banjo-tribute song, ever!
Tauri Oksala, our banjoist masters some excellent, and maybe unique techniques too!

Vastausta kysymykseen mitä bluegrass- musiikki olisi ilman banjoa ei ainakaan tästä laulusta löydy!
Tässä on ensimmäinen banjo-tribuutti laulu ikinä!
Tauri Oksalalla on mahtavat, mahdollisesti jopa ainutlaatuiset tekniikat näpeissään!

The band 2016!

So, at last we got some updated photos of all members in the band!

Tässäpä vihdoinkin, saimme päivitettyä bändin kaikkien jäsenten edustuskuvia vuoteen 2016!

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Kari Hella, Tauri Oksala, Jussi Syren, JP Putkonen 2016 by ertrudsgn .

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JP Putkonen, steady stroll on guitar.

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Kari Hella, the bass on the doublebass.

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Tauri Oksala, solid picking on the banjo.

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Jussi Syren, mandolin and lead.

Upcoming gigs and video:”The Auctioneer” LIVE from Sture21!

Here is a live performance of the 1956 song written by Leroy Van Dyke and Buddy Black; “The Auctioneer”!
30.9 we are playing in Huutoniemen kirkko in Vaasa, a bluegrass gospel gig! More information also HERE.
1.10 We are going to be live at Bar & Café Graceville in Iisalmi
5.10 live in Tampere, Paapan Kapakka!

Tässä on livekuvaa “The Auctioneer”- laulusta, jonka kirjoitti Laroy Van Dyke ja Buddy Black vuonna 1956!

30.9 bluegrass gospelia Huutoniemen kirkossa, Vaasassa. Lisätietoja myös seurakunnan sivuilla TÄSSÄ (linkki).
1.10 Keikkaa Bar & Café Graceville:ssä Iisalmessa
5.10 on Paapan Kapakka vuorossa, Tampereella!


Video & graphics by ertrudsgn.

Suit Up!

Though music is the number one thing, appearance does matter for a performing artist.
You represent your music, and yourself.

This is why I have always wanted to put a little more effort in my outfit. In much of bluegrass and country it has always been a part of the art to show respect to the audience and honor the occasion by dressing with grace and dignity.

I searched for a 50’s/60’s style tux jacket for a long time with no results. I’ve seen them on so many of my idols; Jimmy Martin, The Osborne Brothers and Earl Taylor to name a few.
Then I bumped into an old friend, Jukka Huikari, who recommended BQ Räätälistudio, and it turned out they have a store in Tampere, my hometown.
We started planning a tuxedo jacket made of silk as Sanna-Leena in the studio recommended.

Coming from a line of craftsmen and artisans I appreciate the good service and quality work BQ provided. Supporting the local market is also important.

We took some shots for BQ of the jacket while waiting for a gig to start at Sture21 in HKI, and the photos really do show off how nicely the fabric reflects different lights and color in a very stylish way! Perfect for a performer on the stage.

The pictures came out so good they became a whole set. With a retro-feeling, just like the jacket. You can see all photos in a slideshow at the bottom of this post!

BQ webpage
BQ on Facebook
They have a shop/studio both in Tampere and Helsinki.
Photos & edit by ertrudsgn
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Vaikka musiikki on se tärkein juttu, niin myös sillä on merkitystä miltä esiintyjä näyttää.
Siksi olen panostanut aina myös asupuoleen. Bluegrassissä ja country-musiikissa ylipäätäänkin on ollut tärkeää pukeutua hyvin ja siten kunnioittaa yleisöä ja antaa esitykselle tiettyä arvokkuutta.

Pitkään etsiskelin 50/60-lukulaista kiiltävää smokin takkia tuloksetta. Olin nähnyt niitä monen idolini päällä; Jimmy Martin, The Osborne Brothers ja Earl Taylor tulevat ensimmäisinä mieleen. Ongelma ratkesi kun törmäsin pitkästä aikaa entiseen esimieheeni Jukka Huikariin, joka suositteli BQ Räätälistudiota. Kotikaupungistani Tampereelta se löytyikin ja yhteistyö aloitettiin milläpä muulla kuin smokin takilla ja kangaskin löytyi kun BQ:n Sanna-Leena ehdotti silkkistä liivikangasta.

Laadukkaan työn lisäksi arvostan BQ Räätälistudiossa hyvää palvelua ja kotimaisuutta. Käsityöläissukuun kuuluvana nämä asiat ovat minulle tärkeitä.

Kuviakin ehdimme ottaa keikkamatkalla, ja hyvin niistä käy ilmi takin moniulotteiset värit ja miten ne heijastavat eri valoja – tämä on eduksi varsinkin lavalla ollessa!

Tästä tuli sitten kuvasarja retrohenkisellä otteella!

BQ kotisivu
BQ Facebook
Liikkeitä löytyy Tampereeltä and Helsingistä.
Kuvat ja editointi by ertrudsgn

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Duet “Garden In The Sky” LIVE bluegrass gospel

Family traditions play an important part in bluegrass and country music. Brother duets and family bands are common in the genre.

Traditions and values are sustained, shared and developed when you work, play and sing together with your family. You teach, and you learn.

Besides heritage and silent knowledge being passed on, there is something special in the air when you make music with your relatives. The timing and phrasing comes naturally, not mentioning how the timbre of the voices fit.

I remember when in 2009 I got to record the bluegrass version I had written of the song “The Ghost Of Laura Wilkins” – a Finnish poprock/folk classic song by J.Karjalainen (“Laura Häkkisen Silmät” ,1998) – and I asked my daughter Veera to come and sing harmonies with us. We only had time to practise the harmonies one day before recording the song, but still the recording session went amazingly well, a couple of takes and it was there! A peculiar thing to add to the history of that song is that she was exactly the same age as I was when I did my first recording – 17 years old.

After that it was even more obvious for me that I in the future would encourage my children to join into my songs and my bands music when possible.

They might have grown in a very different musical culture than me, singing and playing many other genres – genres an old bluegrass man like me might not have even heard of before! – but their immense talent and their musical abilities surprises me each time we work together. While the world changes around us, in both good and bad, in music we can share.

On the gospel album “There’s No Greater Message”, from 2013, I was blessed to work with Veera, Hertta and Aarne on the song “Mama Always Had A Song To Sing”, but also I am glad to have my son Aarne singing with me on this old brother duet number.
One you can not find us singing anywhere else on YouTube!

The Blue Sky Boys – Earl and Bill Bolick – did this song in the 40´s. They didn’t just sing about the Sunny Sides Of Life – this song tells a the story from the perspective of a child.

A child that has to pass away, how the child consoles the parents and trusts in God’s love. Teaching that sometimes a parent has to let go in love and trust.

Like we with our children in music too, have to trust their wings carry their own flight.

Here is “Garden In The Sky” as a duet with my son Aarne on the lead and guitar, and me singing tenor and playing mandolin.


Video by ertrudsgn. The song “Garden In The Sky” was written by Eva Conn also known by the name Louisiana Lou.