Bluegrass Christmas from Jussi Syren and the Groundbreakers

Are you facing the proverbial year end dilemma of having someone of your gift list who has everything? Well, here’s something we’re sure they don’t have – a bluegrass Christmas album from Finland!

That’s right… Jussi Syren and the Groundbreakers, from the Land of a Thousand Islands, have released their latest record, Bluegrass Christmas, featuring a mix of holiday favorites with new songs that Syren has written. Played in his inimitable retro-grass style, these songs bring back the hard core grass sound from the ’50s and ’60s, supported by Jussi’s lonesome vocals and mandolin playing, with the incomparable banjo work of Tauri Oksala.

The album is available now from Bluelight Records, Finland’s top roots and folk label, in digital form and on CD or vinyl.

A full track listing includes:

  • Christmas Has Come
  • Bluegrass Christmas
  • Northern Chimes
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
  • Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
  • Riding In The Open Sleigh
  • A Son Is Given
  • Jingle Bells
  • Call Collect On Christmas
  • White Christmas
  • Silent Night

A music video for the title track has been released, which Syren wrote and sings. Along with Oksala, he is joined by Tero Mäenpää on bass and Juha-Pekka Putkonen on guitar.

Bluegrass Christmas is available now wherever you stream or download online, You can contact the label for details about purchasing in other formats.

And remember that by following this link, you can see all the bluegrass Christmas music we have highlighted.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.