Erja Lyytinen announces September 2017 UK Tour

Erja Lyytinen UK Tour 2017 poster
Finnish slide guitarist and singer-songwriter, Erja Lyytinen, is pleased to announce that she will embark on her “Stolen Hearts” UK tour from September 20th – 26th.

The tour will feature songs from her latest critically acclaimed album “Stolen Hearts” mixed by, and vocals recorded by Chris Kimsey (The Rolling Stones, Bad Company, Marillion, Peter Frampton).

All tickets are priced £12.50. Dates includes Sheffield Greystones (Wednesday 20th September), Edinburgh, The Caves (Thursday 21st September), Nottingham Bodega (Friday 22nd September), Chester Live Rooms (Saturday 23rd September), Manchester, Band on the Wall (Sunday 24th September), London, Borderline (Monday 25 Sept) and Bristol, The Tunnels (Tuesday 26th September).

Tickets can be ordered from the debit/credit card hotline number 01472 349 222 (between 9am-5pm), here, or can be booked directly at the box offices from each venue.

“Stolen Hearts” was mixed on the very same EMI console Kimsey had often used with the Stones. Says Erja: “Chris said it was like meeting an old girlfriend after many years. He sat in front of the desk and his magic started to happen”.

Mastering was completed at Air Studios (part of the world-famous Air Studios started by Beatles producer George Martin) by Ray Staff, whose credits include iconic rock albums including David Bowie's “Ziggy Stardust” and Mott The Hoople's “All The Young Dudes”.

“Stolen Hearts” comes at a time when Erja Lyytinen is broadening her horizons. During the past year, she has played a sold-out tour of Finland with her compatriot Heikki Silvennoinen and made her first-ever concert appearances in India.

She describes the process of making her newest album “purifying” – the product of difficult times of “heartbreak, frustration, disappointment, fear of loss and yet, at the same time, the deepest love”. As an artist, Erja has always been open to change, and with “Stolen Hearts”, she wants to offer her audience something totally new. “I had the feeling that I had the ingredients in my hands to make something truly extraordinary and different”.

“Erja’s interpretation of the blues takes the genre to another level that I have never experienced before”, says Kimsey.

“Stolen Hearts” sees Erja spreading her wings into different musical genres whilst retaining her blues roots. Influences of country, Americana, funk, folk, prog, R&B, jazz and rock, are intertwined with Erja’s trademark slide guitar blues stamp, which makes “Stolen Hearts” her most stylistically accomplished and sonically adventurous release to date.

“Working with Erja was a revelation”, says Kimsey. “She has the ability to perform and write so many different kinds of songs, and her vocals and lyrics are powerful and they connect with listeners”.

Says Erja: “For this album, I wanted to break out of Helsinki by working with an established British engineer who could take my vocals further. When Chris Kimsey was recommended, I checked out his credentials, and realized that he had worked on some of the greatest rock records recorded by the Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, INXS, Marillion, Bad Company, to name but a few”.

Continues Erja: “Working at State of the Ark with Chris was amazing because we mixed the album and recorded my vocals on the same desk the Rolling Stones used at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, where they recorded all their classic albums. The desk is analogue, and the microphones were vintage, enabling us to capture an authentic and fuller sound.  I’m really pleased with the results, and I hope my fans will be, too. Production-wise, "Stolen Hearts" is the best sounding album of my career”.

UK Tour Dates 2017:
Wednesday 20 September - Sheffield, Greystones
Thursday 21 September - Edinburgh, The Caves
Friday 22 September - Nottingham, The Bodega
Saturday 23 September - Chester, Live Rooms
Sunday 24 September - Manchester, Band On The Wall
Monday 25 September - London, Borderline
Tuesday 26 September - Bristol, The Tunnels