bluegrass is not dead

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.

In Honor Of Dr.Ralph Stanley – O Death – a capella

For decades Ralph Stanley has been one of my heroes in bluegrass music.

He recorded “Oh Death” with The Clinch Mountain Boys back in the early seventies and later on did the song a capella style in the movie “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou”. With his lifelong achievement he has inspired many generations of musicians, keeping the roots and old style bluegrass alive.

We wanted to honor his memory with a version of “O Death”, in a capella and in a version that combines the Clinch Mountain Boys and the latter.

Stanley has influenced a whole world with his unique voice and songwriting, and through his interpretation of traditional songs the memories and history is kept alive.

We wish to keep Stanley’s legend and contribution to bluegrass thriving so we will later on this year record some of our favourite songs of Dr. Ralph Stanley with Jussi Syren And The Groundbreakers and other guests.

Because even though Stanley wrote and sang with the soul of the Appalachian winds, the feeling he admitted in his music is universal and has spread along globally to echo in peoples hearts worldwide.

Even here – in the north and cold dark Finland.

Thank you Dr.Ralph Stanley – bluegrass would not be the same without your banjo, voice, and songs!

– Jussi Syren

Album Shave And Haircut NOW on YouTube!

NOW you find out 2011 album “Shave And Haircut” on YouTube!
They might still have some CD’s to order over at Goofin’ Records too if you like it!

The instrumental “Southern Lady” (Track 5) is composed by our banjoist Tauri Oksala!
Here underneath you can listen to the whole playlist we created.

NYT löytyy 2011-vuoden albumi “Shave And Haircut” YouTubesta!
Goofin’ Recordsin sivulta voi mahdollisesti vielä löytyä joitakin kappaleita CD:nä vielä jos haluaa tilata!

Ja instrumentaali “Southern Lady” (viides biisi) on banjistimme Tauri Oksalan käsialaa!
Tässä alla on soittolista koko albumista.


Photography by Marko Hämäläinen, Artwork on CD by J.Sävy. The video made by ertrudsgn!

VIDEO-playlist from the album release 2015

We put together a playlist from the release-event of the “Bluegrass Singer“-album on YouTube. There were many guests, such as Roy Hohenthal, Nelli Ikola, Jyrki Levä, Marko Vanhatalo, Veera Syren. And songs as “The Banjo Song”, “Sure To Fall” and “My Dreams Of Yesterday”! All the speaks are in Finnish, but the bluegrass goes in English!

It was also the 20th anniversary for Jussi Syren And The Groundbreakers!
The event took place at Rekolan Kino in Vantaa 2015 in November

Laitoimme kokoon soittolistan YouTubessa “Bluegrass Singer” albumin julkaisukeikasta.
Lavalla vieraili monet lahjakkaat muusikot, kuten Roy Hohenthal, Nelli Ikola, Jyrki Levä, Marko Vanhatalo, Veera Syren. Soitimme pitkän setin mihin muun muassa mahtui mukaan “The Banjo Song”, “Sure To Fall” ja “My Dreams Of Yesterday” joka on versio Kari Kuuvan “Pienen Pojan Haaveet”-biisistä!

Samalla juhlittiin Jussi Syren And The Groundbreakers 20-vuotispäivää.
Keikkapaikka oli Rekolan Kino Vantaalla, marraskuussa 2015.

“Daddy Doesen’t Live Here Anymore”

Now you can listen to the track “Daddy Doesen’t Live Here Anymore” from our album “Bluegrass Singer” on Youtube!

Nyt pääsee YouTubessa kuuntelemaan myös “Daddy Doesen’t Live Here Anymore”-kappaletta “Bluegrass Singer”-levyltä!


The video and all design is made by ertrudsgn and the bandpicture in the “magazine” is by Kristian Ojala. Videon on tehnyt ertrudsgn ja bändikuvan videon “lehteen” on ottanut Kristian Ojala.

INSTRUMENTAL “Keikyä Mandolin”

Here is our instrumental “Keikyä Mandolin” from the latest album!
In the picture is my late uncle Jukka Syren, the king of Keikyä Mandolin!

Tässä instrumentaali “Keikyä Mandolin” viimeisemmältä albumilta!
Kuvassa on edesmennyt setäni Jukka Syren. The king of Keikyä Mandolin!


Videon ja kuva-editoinnit on tehnyt ertrudsgn!

More bluegrass to listen to!

Last week the albums title-song “Bluegrass Singer” was posted on the YouTube-channel Bluegrass Is Not Dead, and tomorrow another song from the album will be published – so go follow and keep up to date!

Viime viikolla viimeisimmän levyn nimikkokappale”Bluegrass Singer” julkaistiin YouTube-kanavalla Bluegrass Is Not Dead. Huomenna tulee seuraava!


Videon teki ertrudsgn ja levyn kansikuvan on ottanut Pasi Rytkönen.