Mighty Four – Ten Years of Solid Rhythm ‘N Blues

MIGHTY FOUR was formed in October of 2003, after the dissolution of founding member, vocalist and upright bass player Ari Berghall’s previous band Ninety Nine & Half. While searching for new members for Ninety Nine & Half, Berghall reached out to Finland’s premier Roots Music virtuosos, resulting in collaborations that led to a new band altogether, and becoming Might Four as we know it.
Since its inception, MIGHTY FOUR has toured Finland regularly, becoming familiar with both small and large rock events and venues. Choosing to perform selectively rather than intensively, the band prefers quality over quantity, and it is apparent in their performances.
The Mighty Four experienced a shake-up in December 2009, when the founding saxophonist, Pertti Palmu, decided to retire from the band. Now “The Mighty Three,” they began rehearsing as a trio, and the sound was satisfactory. They came very close to continuing as a trio, but were joined in February of 2010 by Harri “Boogie-Boy Harris” Saanio, an accomplished pianist and an old hat in the Roots scene, thus completing the quartet.
The early Mighty Four sound was guided by the saxophone of Pertti Palmu towards more traditional Jump Swing Blues. However, the introduction of Boogie-Boy Harris’ piano pulled the band in the direction of Rhythm and Blues – evoking the sound of artists such as Little Richard, Professor Longhair, and others of the same rock and roll style. Harri has quite the repertoire of covers and original material, so it was natural for the band to fuse them into Mighty Four’s mold. They thrive with their new sound, especially ‘cause it seems to rock and roll so nicely, the audience digs it, and the band enjoys playing it.
In 2012, Mighty Four achieved further recognition when they were invited to perform at the Rhythm Riot Festival in Southwest England, the biggest festival in the area with more than 3000 in attendance and bands from all over the world. The audience was thrilled when the Legendary John Spence (The Pirates) sat in with the Mighty Four.
The Mighty Four celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2013 by recording a 4-track CD, Take It Easy, Greasy, and playing a record release party on November 15th at Mikkelin Pub Paamaja in Mikkeli, Finland. Take It Easy, Greasy was recorded in a single live analog session, a tip of the hat to old school traditions. The Mighty Four look forward preserving the customs of their influence and furthering the evolution of their own sound throughout their journey ahead.

Ari Berghäll – upright bass, vocals
Arto Hämäläinen – Guitar
Kimmo Oikarinen – Drums, background vocals
Harri Saanio – Piano, vocals