Apollo was a Finnish psych-rock band that released a self-titled album on Blue Master in 1970. Percussionist Edward Vesala became a prominent ECM recording artist. Members: Edward Vesala (drums, percussion, flute, vocals), Harri Saksala (vocals, accordion, harmonica), Eero Lupari (guitar, vocals), Heimo Holopainen (bass, vocals) Background Apollo formed in 1969 when jazz drummer Martti “Edward” […]


Kalevala were a Finnish art-rock/psych band from Helsinki that was active for nine years, starting in 1969. In 1972, the band debuted with the popular People No Names album on Finnlevy. Between 1975 and 1977, the band released two further albums on Hi-Hat. Members: Juha “Lido” Salonen (guitar, bass, vocals), Beaver Aitto-Oja (drums, 1969), Remu […]


Organ was a Finnish synthpop band that released two singles in 1981–82 and the album Nekrofiilis, all on Poko Rekords. Members: Pekka Tolonen (synthesizer), Mikko Saarela (synthesizer), Tapani Lahtinen (synthesizer), Seppe Parkkinen (synthesizer, percussion) Discography: Nekrofiilis (1982) “Kundi meikkaa” / “Kaavakekauhu” (1981) “Suajele mua vähän jostain päin” / “Neekerisuukkoja” (1982)

The Group

The Group were a Finnish jazz-rock super-band that released a self-titled album on Finnlevy-subsidiary Dig It in 1978. It features bassist Pekka Pohjola and keyboardist Olli Ahvenlahti, who previously partnered in the jazz-rock supergroup Uni Sono, along with Pohjola sidemen Seppo Tyni (guitar) and Vesa Aaltonen (drums). All four would appear on Pohjola’s 1979 release […]

Blues Section

Blues Section was a Finnish rock band that played a mix of blues-jazz and psychedelic pop and released a self-titled 1967 album on Love Records, which issued six non-album singles by the band, including three co-billed to frontman Jim Pembroke and one co-billed to his temporary replacement, English singer Frank Robson. Pembroke formed Wigwam with […]


Sukellusvene were a Finnish jazz-rock band from Lappeenranta, Etelä-Karjala, that released a standalone single and the album Vesi- ja lintumusiikkia, both on Love Records in 1979. Members: Lassi Talasmo (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet), Kari Litmanen (keyboards), Jukka Mäkinen (guitar), T. Tuomanen (guitar, bongos), Pekka Muhli (bass), Timo Kotineva (drums) Discography: Vesi- ja lintumusiikkia (1979) […]


Ferris were a Finnish jazz-rock/psych band from Helsinki that released a self-titled album on Love Records in 1971. Members: Dave Lindholm (guitar, vocals), Heikki Hiekkala (organ, guitar, vocals), Matti Saxelin (drums, percussion), Jaakko Itävaara (bass), Klaus Stolt (bass, 1971) Discography: Ferris (1971)


Piirpauke are a Finnish ethno-jazz/rock band from Piippola, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa, that released two albums and a live disc on Love between 1975 and 1978, followed by a round of titles on Ponsi, Kerberos, and Rockadillo during the 1980s. Members: Sakari Kukko (wind instruments, keyboards, kantele, percussion, vocals), Antti Hytti (bass), Hasse Walli (guitar), Jukka Wasama (percussion), […]


Nova were a Finnish symphonic-rock band from Helsinki that released a standalone single in 1975 and the album Atlantis in 1976, both on Love Records. Members: Antti Ortamo (keyboards, vocals, guitar, harmonica), Jukka Marjala (drums), Veikko Kumpula (bass, 1975), Junnu Kostia (guitar, 1975), Michael Wasenius (guitar, 1975-?), Petri Peltola (bass, 1975-?) Discography: “Käytävä” / “Kaupungin […]


Yellow were a Finnish hard-rock/psych band from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi, that released the album Keltakuume on Finnlevy in 1975. Members: Hannu Takala (lead vocals, piano, percussion), Melvin McRae (guitar, vocals), Helge Koskela (bass), Raimo Osterman (drums) Discography: Keltakuume (1975)

Björninen Band

Björninen Band was a jazz-rock project headed by Finnish guitarist Juha Björninen. The project yielded the album Space Traveller Lost on the Music Makers label in 1985. Members: Juha Björninen (guitar), Jartsa Karvonen (percussion), Paul “Tubbs” Williams (vocals, bass), Olli Ahvenlahti (piano, synthesizer), Lauri Valjakka (drums), Heikki Virtanen (bass), Timo Pratskin (synthesizer), Vesa Aaltonen (drums) […]

Frank Robson

Frank Robson (April 27, 1946) is an English–Finnish keyboardist and singer who first emerged in 1968 as a member of Blues Section. Between 1969 and 1972, he was a member of Tasavallan Presidentti, playing on the Helsinki band’s first three albums. As a solo artist, he released two art-rock/jazz-rock albums between 1974 and 1976 on […]

Esa Helasvuo

Esa Helasvuo (born March 9, 1945) is a Finnish jazz pianist, composer, and arranger who released five albums between 1973 and 1985 on Finnlevy, Polarvox and Love Records. Discography: Think Tank Funk (1973) Omat hommat (1974) Onnimanni (1977) Q (1977) Huomenna sinä tulet (1985)


Kaseva were a Finnish pop/rock band from Tampere that released two albums and five singles on Love Records between 1974 and 1978, then another album for the local branch of EMI in 1982. Members: Mikko Jokela (guitar, vocals), Asko Raivio (guitar, vocals, ?-1989), Nils Jokela (drums, percussion), Tapio Rauma (guitar, vocals, 1974-present), Jouko Järvinen (bass, […]

Heikki Sarmanto

Heikki Sarmanto (born June 22, 1939) is a Finnish jazz-rock pianist, composer, and bandleader who has released more than 30 albums in solo and combo configurations since 1969. Discography: Flowers in the Water (1969 • Heikki Sarmanto Sextet) Counterbalance (1971 • Heikki Sarmanto Quintet) Like a Fragonard (1971 • Heikki Sarmanto Serious Music Ensemble) Everything […]

Jukka Gustavson

Jukka Gustavson (born Oct. 17, 1951) is a Finnish organist, vocalist, and composer who played with Wigwam between 1969 and 1974. Since 1978, he has released solo nine albums on assorted labels. Discography: …jaloa ylpeyttä yletän… ylevää nöyryyttä nousen (Pride’s an Exalted Purchase… Humility’s the Lever Sublime) (1978) Valon vuoksi (1979) Toden toistoa (1981) Bluesion […]

Jukka Linkola

Jukka Linkola (born July 21, 1955) is a Finnish pianist, composer, and conductor who first emerged as a member of Jupo Group, which issued the 1975 album Ahmoo on Hi-Hat. In 1976, he debuted as a solo artist on the label with the album Banana. Discography: Banana (1976) Protofunk (1979 • Jukka Linkola Octet) Kuinka […]

Uni Sono

Uni Sono were a Finnish jazz-rock supergroup of the mid-1970s comprised of distinguished players on the Helsinki music scene. The band released a self-titled album on Hi-Hat in 1975. Members: Paroni Paakkunainen (saxophone, flute, percussion), Olli Ahvenlahti (electric piano, synthesizer), Reino Laine (drums), Mike Koskinen (trumpet, 1973-?), Hasse Walli (guitar, 1973-?), Make Lievonen (bass, 1973-?), […]

Pekka Pohjola

Pekka Pohjola (Jan. 13, 1952 — Nov. 26, 2008) was a Finnish bassist and composer who was musically active for more than three decades, playing in the bands Wigwam, Uni Sono, and The Group. Between 1972 and 1980, he released five albums under his own name on Love Records and Dig It. Starting with 1982’s […]

Musta Paraati

Musta Paraati were a Finnish goth-rock band that released two albums and three singles between 1982 and 1984 on Johanna. Members: Pasi Nikander (bass), Jari Kääriäinen (synthesizer, 1981-84, 2015-present), Ykä Knuuttila (drums, 1981-83, 2015-present), Jore Vastelin (vocals, guitar, 1981-83), General Njassa (vocals, 1981, 1983-84), Saku Paasiniemi (guitar, 1982-85, 2015-present), Epe Kronholm (vocals, 1984-85), Sande Vettenranta […]

Wasama Quartet

Wasama Quartet were a Finnish jazz-rock band that released two albums on RCA between 1980 and 1983. Members: Ilkka Niemeläinen (guitar), Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola (violin), Olli-Pekka Wasama (bass), Jukka Wasama (drums, percussion, vocals), Pentti Lahti (saxophone, flute) Discography: Wasama Quartet (1980) Dirty Date (1983)

Jukka Tolonen

Jukka Tolonen (born April 16, 1952) is a Finnish jazz-rock guitarist, pianist, composer, and bandleader who first emerged as a member of Tasavallan Presidentti, which he co-headed between 1969 and 1974. Starting in 1971, he began releasing solo albums on Sonet and Love Records. Discography: Tolonen! (1971) Summer Games (1973) The Hook (1974) Hysterica (1975) […]

Scapa Flow

Scapa Flow were a Finnish symphonic-folk band that released the album Uuteen Aikaan on Kompass in 1980. Members: Ismo Järvinen (saxophone, flute), Timo Seppänen (guitar), Asko Ahonen (bass), Olavi Kyllönen (drums), Leevi Leppänen (drums), Kari Jaksola (keyboards), Eero Kolehmainen (keyboards), Pia-Maria Noponen (vocals, flute) Discography: Uuteen Aikaan (1980)

Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa were a Finnish symphonic-folk band that released two albums and a standalone single between 1975 and 1977 on Love Records. Members: Heikki Silvennoinen (guitar), Tapio Suominen (bass), Asko Pakkanen (drums), Jarmo Sormunen (flute), Jukka Leppilampi (vocals), Jukka Salmela (vocals), Jarno Sinisalo (piano), Jukka Aronen (drums) Discography: Tabula Rasa (1975) Ekkedien tanssi (1976) “Rakastatko […]

Pepe & Paradise

Pepe & Paradise were a Finnish jazz-pop combo that released 10 singles and three albums on assorted labels between 1970 and 1975. Members: Pepe Willberg (vocals, guitar), Pave Maijanen (vocals, bass), Pedro Hietanen (organ, electric piano, piano), Markku Johansson (trumpet, flugelhorn), Erik Dannholm (tenor saxophone, flute), Erkki Lehtola (baritone saxophone, clarinet, flute, triangle), Paavo Honkanen […]

Olli Ahvenlahti

Olli Ahvenlahti (born Aug. 6, 1949) is a Finnish jazz-rock keyboardist who has been active since the early 1970s. In 1975, he participated in the Hi-Hat one-off Uni Sono with Nono Söderberg and Pekka Pohjola. That same year, Ahvenlahti released his first of two popular albums on Love Records. In 1978, he re-teamed with Pohjola […]

Carita Holmström

Carita Holmström (born Feb. 10, 1954) is a Finnish singer/songwriter who released two albums shy of age 20 on EMI circa 1973/74. She has recorded sporadically in solo and combo configurations in the decades since. Discography: We Are What We Do (1973) Toinen levy (1974) Two Faces (1980 • Carita Holmström & Teppo Hauta-aho) Aquamarin […]


Sarcofagus were a Finnish hard-rock band that released back-to-back albums on JP-Musiikki in 1980. Members: Kimmo Kuusniemi (guitar, drums, 1977-present), Juha “Pulla” Kiminki (bass, 1977-present), Esa Kotilainen (keyboards, 1982-present), Ari-Pekka Roitto (drums, 1980), Ronnie Österberg (drums, 1980), Hannu Leidén (vocals, 1977-80), Kai “Sandy” Jansson (drums, 1977) Discography: Cycle of Life (1980) Envoy of Death (1980)

Tasavallan Presidentti

Tasavallan Presidentti were a Finnish psychedelic jazz-rock band that released four albums and a collaborative work on Love and Sonet between 1969 and 1974. Members: Jukka Tolonen (guitar, piano), Frank Robson (vocals, keyboards, 1969-72, 1983-present), Vesa Aaltonen (drums, percussion), Måns Groundstroem (bass, keyboards, 1969-72, 1983-2002), Juhani Aaltonen (saxophone, flute, 1969-70, 1983-present), Pekka Pöyry (saxophone, flute, […]

Nono Söderberg

Nono Söderberg is a Finnish guitarist who has been active since the late 1960s. In 1975, he played on the singular, eponymous album by jazz-rock supergroup Uni Sono with pianist Olli Ahvenlahti and bassist Pekka Pohjola. Söderberg released his debut solo album, Nono, in 1976 on Hi-Hat. The follow-up, Rare Bird, appeared in 1982 on Parlovox. […]

Jupo Group

Jupo Group were a Finnish jazz-rock band that released the album Ahmoo! in 1975 on Hi-Hat. Keyboardist Jukka Linkola launched a lucrative solo career with the following year’s Banana. Members: Juhani “Jupu” Poutanen (violin, percussion), Jukka Linkola (keyboards, percussion), Janne Louhivuori (guitar), Ilkka Hanski (bass), Urpo “Upi” Sorvali (drums, percussion) Discography: Ahmoo! (1975)


Kaamos were a Finnish symphonic/art-rock band that released the album Deeds and Talks in 1977 on M&T. Members: Ilpo Murtojärvi, Jarkko Leivo, Johnny Gustafsson, Kyösti Laihi Discography: Deeds and Talks (1977)


Wigwam was a Finnish psychedelic jazz-rock/art-rock band from Helsinki, formed in 1968. The band released seven studio albums, a live set, and assorted singles on Love Records between 1969 and 1977. Members: Mats Huldén (bass, 1968-70, 2004-present), Ronnie Österberg (drums, 1968-80), Nikke Nikamo (guitar, 1968-70), Jim Pembroke (vocals, keyboards, 1969-present), Jukka Gustavson (keyboards, vocals, 1969-74), […]


Haikara were a Finnish symphonic/jazz-rock band from Lahti, formed in 1971. The band released two popular albums on RCA Victor between 1972 and 1974, followed by an album and single on Satsanga/Hi-Hat in the mid-’70s. A late-’90s reunion produced two further albums. Members: Vesa Lattunen (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards), Vesa Lehtinen (vocals, percussion), Harri Pystynen […]


Finnforest were a Finnish jazz-rock band that released three albums and a standalone single between 1975 and 1979 on Love Records. Members: Pekka Tegelman (guitar), Jussi Tegelman (drums), Jukka Rissanen (keyboards, 1972-75), Jarmo Hiekkala (bass, 1972-73, 1976), Aaro Mustonen (vocals, 1972-73), Pertti Pokki (synthesizer, 1976), Jarmo Rissanen (guitar, 1978-79), Jarmo Savolainen (keyboards, 1978-79), Heikki Keskinen […]


Fantasia were a Finnish symphonic-rock band that issued a self-titled album on Hi-Hat in 1975. Members: Hannu Lindblom (guitar, vocals), Jukka “Juki” Halttunen (guitar, 1973), Markku Lönngren (bass, 1973), Paavo Osola (keyboards, 1973, 1976), Karl-Erik Rönngård (drums, 1973-76), Roul Helantie (keyboards, fiddle, guitar, bass, 1973-78), Harri Piha (bass, 1973-76), Mikko Laine (keyboards, 1976), Thomas Lindström […]

Eero Koivistoinen

Eero Koivistoinen (Jan. 13, 1946) is a Finnish jazz-rock saxophonist, composer, and bandleader who first emerged in 1967 as part of the Helsinki blues-rock/psych combo Blues Section. Since 1968, he has released more than 20 albums as a jazz-band leader. His most popular works include the 1973 RCA releases 3rd Version and Wahoo!, as well […]


Elonkorjuu were a Finnish hard-rock band from Pori that was active for two periods during the 1970s. The band’s first grouping produced the 1972 album Harvest Time for Parlophone. In 1978, the reactivated band released Flyin’ High, Runnin’ Fast on RCA Victor. Members: Jukka Syrenius (guitar), Veli-Pekka Pessi (bass, 1969-72, 1976-present), Timo Hannukainen (vocals, 1969), […]