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(This page is about the Finnish band. For the electronic group of the same name, see Wigwam(2)).


Wigwam is a Finnish progressive rock band formed in 1968 and was founded after the split of the seminal Blues Section, with whom drummer Ronnie Österberg had played before. He formed the band as a trio, but soon brought in British expatriate singer/songwriter Jim Pembroke (also in Blues Section) and organist Jukka Gustavson. A year later, Pekka Pohjola joined on bass.

For a time in the 1970s Wigwam seemed poised to break through in Europe, along with bands like Tasavallan Presidentti, but even though they were highly praised by the UK press large-scale international fame eluded them, and by 1978 they had disbanded. Jim Pembroke and Ronnie Österberg formed the Jim Pembroke Band in late 1979, but following health problems with diabetes, Österberg committed suicide on December 6, 1980.

Wigwam reformed in the 1990s with the Pembroke-Rechardt-Groundstroem core intact, and has been active to the present. In Finland they have a lasting (although limited) following, and their influence on Finnish rock music is widely recognised.

In 2021, singer, Jim Pembroke died at the age of 75.

Links to Peel

Peel was fond of the band's music in the mid 70's and reviewed their single, Freddie Are You Ready, for the Singles Reviews in Sounds, published on 7th June 1975, where he gave it 4 stars out of 5 and described the track as a tuneful and mellow wee thing. By the time punk arrived, Wigwam's music was played less on his shows. However, In 2000, Peel played their song, Guardian Angels The Future, after playing a track from an electronic group also called Wigwam.

Shows Played


Freddie Are You Ready

  • 23 June 1975: Freddie Are You Ready (LP - Nuclear Nightclub) Virgin
  • 30 June 1975: Pig Storm (LP - Nuclear Nightclub) Virgin
  • D030: Do Or Die (LP - Nuclear Nightclub) Virgin
  • 21 May 1976: Lucky Golden Stripes And Starpose (LP - Lucky Golden Stripes And Starpose) Love
  • 25 July 1979: Nuclear Nightclub (album - Rumours On The Rebound) Virgin
  • 01 August 1979: Freddie Are You Ready (LP - Nuclear Nightclub) Virgin

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