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  HELSINKI
BOSKO 2008-07-02 06:52:05
B&H flew into Europe not far from the Summer Solstice and found themselves severely jetlagged and sleep deprived in HELSINKI...
the sun went down (though not completely) for at least 1 and a half hours a day!

we were there to visit the folks at the FINNISH UKULELE NETWORK (FUN), to play at their home ground BAR MENDOCINO, with resident ukulele-band LOS BASTARDOS SYMPATICOS

also there was PETE HOWLETT - ukulele maker extraordinaire - and it was B&H's great pleasure to meet him...
Pete was delivering 10 or so ukuleles he had made for various FUN members, on order from a previous visit to Helsinki...
the anticipation of the delivery of these instruments - dubbed the HELSINKI SOPRANO - was intense, and Master of Ceremonies Juha Väänänen gleefully prolonged the handing out of these long-awaited beauties...

Juha's band played a lively set, followed by Pete playing the blues, before we went on and did the Safari-show...
afterwards there was an auction or two and the handing out of the Helsinki Sopranos...

then Bastardos Sympaticos jammed well into the light night...

During the next days, Juha guided us around town, had lunch with us and FUN founder "SEPI" and his wife, along with MARKKU (who is a professional CLOWN DOCTOR who uses the ukulele in his work), and Pete Howlett

We also went to SUOMENLINNA island - a former garrison island, a short ferry ride from Helsinki - where we drank beer and ate ice-cream with Juha and his lovely wife and daughter
we found a nice scenic spot to conduct a safari interview...

the Helsinki ukulele scene is small but healthy, friendly, growing and extremely enthusiastic!
we had great fun on a road trip with "WEELIE" and UKULELE IGOR in a late model Russian LADA
we went to visit a folk festival in the countryside.. in a town called FISKARS....

BAR MENDOCINO VIDEO
FISKARS ROAD TRIP VIDEO

here's Juha Väänänen of F.U.N. and Los Bastardos Sympaticos outside Bar Mendocino with the event poster...
HELSINKI
 

  Bar Mendocino
BOSKO 2008-07-03 22:23:20
Bar Mendocino
 
  Los Bastardos...
BOSKO 2008-07-03 22:22:15
in action!
Los Bastardos...
 
  Pete plays the Blues...
BOSKO 2008-07-03 22:20:25
Pete plays the Blues...
 
  honey models the wares...
BOSKO 2008-07-03 22:19:06
it's auction-time!
honey models the wares...
 
  prize-giving (of another type!)
BOSKO 2008-07-03 22:13:44
b&h reward Juha #2
prize-giving (of another type!)
 
  at night's end...
BOSKO 2008-07-03 22:12:14
a group shot with Pete and Los Bastardos Sympaticos (well, some of them)
at night's end...
 
  Suomenlinna Island
BOSKO 2008-07-03 22:09:54
on a beautiful day!
Suomenlinna Island
 
  uke transportation
BOSKO 2008-07-03 21:34:27
bosko tries it Helsinki-style
uke transportation
 
  Ukulele Igor and the LADA
BOSKO 2008-07-03 21:27:44
it has 5 keys and makes as many alarm sounds...
we loved it!
Ukulele Igor and the LADA
 
  road trip pre-production
BOSKO 2008-07-03 21:25:19
road trip pre-production
 
  FISKARS FOLK FESTIVAL...
BOSKO 2008-07-03 21:23:31
we arrived (and so did the rain!)
FISKARS FOLK FESTIVAL...
 
  the Australian connection...
BOSKO 2008-07-03 21:21:54
the Australian connection...
 
  hot Mando-Jazz...
BOSKO 2008-07-03 21:20:23
hot Mando-Jazz...
 
  traditional Finnish old-time strings...
BOSKO 2008-07-03 21:18:29
traditional Finnish old-time strings...
 
  a nice local ensemble
BOSKO 2008-07-02 07:30:59
a nice local ensemble
 
  uke protection gear
BOSKO 2008-07-02 07:26:58
uke protection gear
 
  keeping dry...
BOSKO 2008-07-02 07:23:51
with beer, warm company and ukuleles...
keeping dry...
 
  the LADA gets bogged...
BOSKO 2008-07-02 07:21:09
the LADA gets bogged...
 
  driving to the airport...
BOSKO 2008-07-02 07:15:56
Ukulele Igor is the greatest
driving to the airport...
 
  goodbye Finland...
BOSKO 2008-07-02 07:10:07
flying out
goodbye Finland...
 
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