A FINNISH blues queen who played Keighley last year will tour the UK in March.

Singer/guitarist Erja Lyytinen appeared as part of the Ladies of the Blues line-up at the recently-closed Octagon.

Fifteen years after first entering a recording studio, she is now a star in her homeland and is known internationally as “the Finnish slide goddess”.

Rooted in both traditional and modern blues, she blends styles like jazz, pop, soul and rock into a sound all her own.

Born into a musical family in the town of Kuopio, Lyytinen quickly emerged as an artist to watch in her native country.

She recorded her international debut Pilgrimage, and the 2006 Blues Caravan tour gave audiences in Europe and the United States a first taste of her spirited live performances.

The solo follow-up Dreamland Blues took Erja back to the USA to record, then after two years on the road she returned with Grip of the Blues in 2008, mixing hard-edged blues with modern R&B.

In 2014 her album The Sky Is Crying served as her international breakthrough, winning Best European Blues Album and Best Tribute Album of 2014.

The collection of stripped-down, old-school blues convinced even the most discerning listeners that Lyytinen’s feel for the blues ran deep, and that as a slide player she had few peers.

Erja can be seen at Greystones, Sheffield, on March 21.