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Pepe Ahlqvist

Pepe Ahlqvist

Finnish Blues Legend

A distinguished member of the European blues elite, Pepe Ahlqvist (born on 4th of July 1956) is an internationally famous Finnish blues artist. Already as a young boy in the mid 1960`s he had a clear vision of his future as a blues musician. During his over 30-year-long career he has frequently performed with many legendary blues artists. He has managed to maintain his popularity through the years by presenting fabulous and successful recordings with various bands and giving over 5.000 gigs and concerts. Pepe Ahlqvist is considered a talented and personal singer-guitarist-harmonica player with individual style who also writes his own songs. Pepe began his career in the turn of the 1960`s and 1970`s. Chicago Overcoat, his band in the 1970`s, thrived under the shield of the legendary Love Records, wherefrom Pepe moved on to collaborate with Fazer/Warner Music for a good period of time. In the late 1980`s and early 1990`s Pepe Ahlqvist H.A.R.P. recorded several indispensable albums, one of them including the cut Back To The River: Pepe`s biggest hit by far. Besides Finland, the Pepe Ahlqvist albums have been released for instance in the other Nordic countries and in Middle Europe. The last one of the three most important Pepe Ahlqvist bands, The Rolling Tumbleweed (founded 1995), recorded four albums that represent the absolute cream of Finnish blues. Pepe`s most recent project, SF BLUES (Suomi-Finland Blues) started in 2002 with Heikki Silvennoinen. So far there`s been featuring top guests, and more is to come. He is also working with legendary drummer Matti Oiling and his OILING BOILING RHYTHM 'N' BLUES BAND. Along with his own projects, Pepe Ahlqvist has featured as a guest soloist on hundreds of recordings by other artists. Nowadays Pepe continues as a solo artist for Bluelight Records. He has been touring in Sweden, Norway, Danmark, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Luxemburg, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, USA and Canada. He has also performed as a guest soloist in a large number of concerts by international blues legends in Finland, for example for B.B. King in 2004 and 2006. Nowadays Pepe works as a solo artist from acoustic gigs to big band concerts.

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