Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha

Line up

  • Jaakko Laitinen (vocals)
  • Janne Hast (drums)
  • Jarkko Niemelä (trumpet, bouzouki, altohorn )
  • Marko Roininen (accordion)
  • Tuomo Kuure (double bass)

Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha (fake money) are five Helsinki-based Laplanders operating on the amorphous Nordic borders of Balkan gypsy grooves, Russian romances and old-school Finnish tango and humppa. The throbbing rhythmic combo, laced with expertly wrought accordion, trumpet, bouzouki and bravura harmony singing, fronted by the besuited figure of besotted crooner Jaakko, have been thoroughly responsible for causing maximum enjoyment throughout Finland and across several borders as far as Turkey and Macedonia. In five years they have released three albums, provided music for a movie by Saija Mäki-Nevala, collaborated with Bavarian band Django 3000 and played countless gigs winning fans with driving dances, melting ballads and deep lyrics bristling with philosophical observations on eternal subjects like unfulfilled love, disappearing money and taxi rides in Lapland nights. Real stuff, no counterfeit.



Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha


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