Battersea

Featuring instruments like the jouhikko, mandola and bouzouki, this group is the only degree of separation between Irish, Indian, Greek and Scandinavian cultures. Grady Larimer has an amusing short origin story: “Kevin Sikkila is really into his ‘Finnish-ness.’ He showed up on my doorstep on his 45th birthday with a kantele and no musical training, so we jammed in C.” The band’s name refers to the Battersea Power Station in London, the famous coal-powered electrical plant immortalized on the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals, which explains the 1970s classic-rock vibe that comes through in the band’s sound. Battersea’s lineup also features locals Jon Rieman and Rick Palm, and out-of-towner Jeff Grettenberg. “We just like to play around with strange instruments,” says Larimer. “Sometimes it’s a pure cacophony of sound and doesn’t work; other times it’s great.”

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