NINNI & MIKA
FINLAND’S FINEST FOLK ROOTS DUO
Genre: FOLK ROOTS, AMERICANA
NINNI & MIKA are a Helsinki based duo who play a transcendent blend of pop, rock, folk, roots, blues, country and Americana. In the space of six years and two landmark albums Powderburn (2011) & Vagabond Moon (2013) they have established themselves as Finland’s finest musical duo. If Powderburn announced their arrival then Vagabond Moon confirmed NINNI & MIKA as no flash in the pan. The album earned rave reviews and was voted one of 2013’s top releases. Radio Finland picked up on the gloriously infectious single Looking For Love, which shot to #10, with the album peaking at #26 on the mainstream charts & #7 on the indie charts.
Late 2016 DyNaMik Records signed NINNI & MIKA to a U.K. record and publishing deal and last October we released the well received Love Will Come Around EP, a six track compilation drawn from the Powderburn and Vagabond albums, and the duo flew in from Helsinki to play a series of showcase gigs in London. On stage NINNI & MIKA are strong, vibrant and charismatic. Festival favourites in Finland, they have supported Sting, Neil Young ,Don Maclean & Joshua James in concert, winning accolades and a string of ever growing new fans. They regularly headline their own shows and pack out venues as part of popular Helsinki roots band Hoedown.
This year NINNI & MIKA have been busy touring their home country with rising USA singer-songwriter Joshua James, and finalising details for the much anticipated release of their third album All Them Pretty Things. Produced by Mika & recorded & mixed at Milan Hills Studio in NY by triple Grammy winner Justin Guip (Levon Helm, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams) All Them Pretty Things captures the duo’s signature twined harmonies and inspired arrangements. All Them Pretty Things also features the fruits of the ongoing songwriting partnership between Mika and Terry McArthur, the Australian APRA winner & Golden Guitar nominated lyricist and poet. Since being introduced by their mutual friend, singer-songwriter Audrey Auld-Mezera on her 2007 Australian tour, Mika and Terry have formed an enduring song writing partnership.
Here at DyNaMik we are really excited to be introducing NINNI & MIKA to the U.K & ireland. We believe they have the songs, the musicianship & the talent to establish themselves as major artists. We are planning to release All Them Pretty Things in late January 2018.
Andrew has folk and alternative music on Sunday afternoons and regular guests for live acoustic performances.
After an all too brief spell in BBC local radio as "the most junior member of the team", Andrew made a number of community stations in south London his home from home.
His several years of radio experience have included:
- showing some estimable young people how to press all the right buttons, probably in the wrong order.
- winning the Terry Wogan award for mid-morning banter. (Oh, alright, it was a joke certificate!)
- regularly having tea with musicians in the name of broadcasting. This is the second time Andrew has added Ninni & Mika's songs to his Sunday playlist thank you Andrew.
Gill Manly Interviews Ninni & Mika on Croydon Radio
VAGABOND MOON REVIEWS