Daniel Smith Blues Band
FRIDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2017
Ina Forsman is the one you’ve been waiting for. Maybe you’ve caught a glimpse of her on the blues stages off Europe, blowing out the speakers with that burnt-honey voice. Perhaps you marked her for future greatness when she represented Finland at the 2014 European Blues Challenge or during her early guest spots with Guy Verlinde and Helge Tallqvist. In early 2016 Ina Forsman released her self-titled debut album – and has since rocked the house on the famous Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2016 throughout Europe and also North America, so it’s time for a proper introduction.
Released on Ruf Records, Ina Forsman is everything that great music used to be: real, raw, written from the heart and shot from the hip. Likewise, Ina herself is everything that great frontwomen are meant to be: enigmatic, honest, passionate and dangerous. By the time you’ve heard these ten self-penned songs – plus a stellar cover of Nina Simone’s “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl “– you’ll know her inside-out, and want to know more. When it came to the album sessions, Ina also looked towards America, tracking at Wire Recording in Austin, Texas, where her band included Laura Chavez and Derek O’Brien (guitars), Nick Connolly (keys/organ), Russell Jackson (bass) and Tommy Taylor (drums) – plus guest harp from Helge Tallqvist and brass from The Texas Horns, led by producer/saxophonist Mark ‘Kaz’ Kazanoff.
With a classic debut album in her back pocket and major international touring plans afoot, many are tipping Ina Forsman as the breakthrough artist of 2016. When Ina Forsman steps up the mic, you’ll believe every word. The Finnish vocalist hit the radar aged 17 with a show-stopping rendition of Etta James’s All I Could Do Was Cry on a TV talent show. Since then, she’s achieved international recognition, guesting with blues heavyweights Helge Tallqvist and Guy Verlinde on the road, touring mainland Europe and proving her own song writing chops with her self-penned and fiercely personal material.
When Ina hits the stage, all bets are off. “I rarely plan anything,” she says, “so what happens on the stage, just happens.” Ina will be appearing with her five piece band from Helsinki which includes Scottish Robbie Hill on guitar, who has appeared at the club previously with his own band.