Cosmic Meltdown Vol. 1

Erik Hokkanen & Lumisudet
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It all began when I arrived in Finland in the summer of 1987. Austinite/Helsinkier/friend Phillip Page whisked me away in Helsinki for a jam session/meeting with musicians from Finnish groups Fast Buck Roberts and the Town Squares and Korkkijalka at a bistro called O'Malley's. That's where I met Janne & Tommi Viksten as well as Petri Hakala. We ended up playing a lot of jams and gigs together that summer. Petri accompanied me weeks later in Kaustinen, just the two of us. We worked the next two summers together as well (1988/89). It's important to me to include Janne Viksten here, for not only did he become Lumisudet's recording engineer and banjoist years later, but during my initial breakthrough years (87-89) we played a lot together, and he helped me greatly in getting established in Finland. When I played in Kaustinen with Petri in '87, it was there I saw a fellow about my age walking barefoot with ankle bracelet, pants from South America, and T-shirt with sleeves cut off. And he was carrying a fiddle too! It turned out to be Arto Järvelä and soon we were jamming around the fire along with Risto Hotakainen, Petri Hakala, and many others. We became fast friends and played and laughed more than I can remember. It was there I also met the girls from Värttinä, who were still teenagers then. I sorta remember seeing Tapani Varis playing basso with them back then, but it wasn't until our first tour (1994) as Lumisudet that we played together and became friends. I recall Arto recommending Tapani for our group, and that was all I needed to hear. So Lumisudet's beginnigs span at least 20 years now, and I feel blessed to get to work and play with all my brothers once again. It means a lot to me to return to Finland whenever I can, and performing with Finland's best is an honor an privilege I am ever grateful for.

Erik Hokkanen
Code: 
HW08
Publisher: 
Happy Wolf Production
Publishing year: 
2008-00-00T00:00:00
Recording year: 
2007

Produced by Happy Wolf Production
Recorded by Marko Myöhänen
Mixed by Marko Myöhänen
Mastered by Pauli Saastamoinen, Finnvox

1. Cat With The Fiddle On Fire

Comp. Erik Hokkanen, lyrics Erik Hokkanen.

This song written for the great Joe Venuti & my teacher Nick DeCollibus.

Timo Alakotila: grand piano
Petri Hakala: mandolin, guitar, backing vocals
Erik Hokkanen: vocals, guitar, fiddle
Arto Järvelä: fiddle, snare, backing vocals
Tapani Varis: double bass, jew's harp, backing vocals

2. La Hermosa Madra Tierra

Comp. Erik Hokkanen.

Petri Hakala: mandolin, guitar, backing vocals
Erik Hokkanen: vocals, guitar, fiddle
Arto Järvelä: fiddle, snare, backing vocals
Tapani Varis: double bass, jew's harp, backing vocals

3. Twilight Girl

Comp. J. Karjalainen, trad., lyrics J. Karjalainen.

Petri Hakala: mandolin, guitar, backing vocals
Erik Hokkanen: guitar, fiddle
Arto Järvelä: fiddle, snare, backing vocals
Mauno Järvelä: fiddle
Jukka Karjalainen: vocal, banjo
Tapani Varis: double bass, jew's harp, backing vocals

4. Going Down to Ruby's

Comp. Erik Hokkanen, lyrics Erik Hokkanen.

Petri Hakala: mandolin, guitar, backing vocals
Erik Hokkanen: vocals, guitar, fiddle
Arto Järvelä: fiddle, snare, backing vocals
Mauno Järvelä: fiddle
Kimmo Pohjonen: harmonica
Tapani Varis: double bass, jew's harp, backing vocals
Janne Viksten: mandolin

5. I Don't Need To Be Alone

Comp. Erik Hokkanen, lyrics Erik Hokkanen.

Timo Alakotila: grand piano
Petri Hakala: mandolin, guitar, backing vocals
Erik Hokkanen: vocals, guitar, fiddle
Arto Järvelä: fiddle, snare, backing vocals
Mauno Järvelä: fiddle
Tapani Varis: double bass, jew's harp, backing vocals

6. Water Song (instr.)

Comp. Erik Hokkanen.

Petri Hakala: mandolin, guitar, backing vocals
Erik Hokkanen: vocals, guitar, fiddle
Arto Järvelä: fiddle, snare, backing vocals
Mauno Järvelä: fiddle
Maria Kalaniemi: accordion
Tapani Varis: double bass, jew's harp, backing vocals

7. Hackberry Boogie

Comp. Erik Hokkanen.

Petri Hakala: mandolin, guitar, backing vocals
Erik Hokkanen: vocals, guitar, fiddle
Arto Järvelä: fiddle, snare, backing vocals
Mauno Järvelä: fiddle
Tapani Varis: double bass, jew's harp, backing vocals

8. Empty Pockets

Comp. Erik Hokkanen, lyrics Erik Hokkanen.

Petri Hakala: mandolin, guitar, backing vocals
Erik Hokkanen: vocals, guitar, fiddle
Arto Järvelä: fiddle, snare, backing vocals
Tapani Varis: double bass, jew's harp, backing vocals
Janne Viksten: banjo

9. Good Boat Bettership

Comp. Erik Hokkanen, lyrics Erik Hokkanen.

Timo Alakotila: grand piano
Janne Haavisto: drums
Petri Hakala: mandolin, guitar, backing vocals
Erik Hokkanen: vocals, guitar, fiddle
Arto Järvelä: fiddle, snare, backing vocals
Maria Kalaniemi: accordion
Tapani Varis: double bass, jew's harp, backing vocals

10. Gypsy Stuff

Comp. Erik Hokkanen, lyrics Erik Hokkanen.

Petri Hakala: mandolin, guitar, backing vocals
Erik Hokkanen: vocals, guitar, fiddle
Arto Järvelä: fiddle, snare, backing vocals
Tapani Varis: double bass, jew's harp, backing vocals