Biography in English
The latest album will be released on 21st of May 2020
“Hard Stompin’ Blues” is Ismo’s tenth album.
Jemma Award 2017
Ismo got the coveted price from Blues Lovers Ry in Tampere.
The Other Side Of Hope 2017
Ismo performs his own song “Midnight Man” in the latest movie of well-known Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.
IBC 2013 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Ismo Haavisto represented Finland at the International Blues Challenge.
EBC 2012 Berlin, Germany
Ismo Haavisto represented Finland at the European Blues Challenge
Ismo Haavisto is a professional blues artist from Lahti, Finland. His 30-years-plus blues career guarantees a great performance. The blues come from deep down in his soul. Ismo is known as a great singer, harmonica player, guitarist and songwriter. He has released nine albums and eight of them include mostly his own song. Ismo mainly performs his own songs, but his live set does include a few classics too. He does gigs as One Man Band and with Trio. The gigs are all over Finland and abroad. He’s toured in the USA, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
Ismo Haavisto One Man Band is the hardest working ensemble – it works as well in living rooms as at festivals. Haavisto plays guitar, slide, harmonica and naturally sings. Stomp box and foot tambourine provide a solid beat. This is something unique that you must see and hear!
Ismo Haavisto Trio is one of the best blues trios in Finland. There’s the great Ville Vallila on bass and the mighty Mikko Järvinen on drums. Haavisto sings and plays guitars, slide and harmonica. In the show you can hear songs from semi-acoustic Country Blues to electric Rhythm’n’blues.
Once in a while Ismo does gigs with other groups like The Bay City Sonics and Sherwood Tigers. He has co-operated with other solo artists like Andres Roots (EE), Dave Arcari (UK) Brian Kramer (USA) and Howard Fishman (USA). Ismo has a set of his own songs for big band and recorded the album “Fire Breath” with Lahti Big Band in 2016. In addition, Haavisto is often asked to guest or sit in with other blues bands.
So keep your eyes open, you’ll never know where you might see this hard stompin’ guy play’!