Bring your dancing shoes and come join us!
Lee Taul – fiddle, vocals
Arno Tamm – fiddle, vocals
Lauri Kadalipp – saxophones, bagpipe, vocals
Marti Tärn – bass guitar
Ahto Abner - drums
The most distinctive feature of 5/5’s sound is the tight rhythmic beat based on traditional Finnish folk dance music. By their freshly written original tunes 5/5 is bringing this tradition to meet present day’s standards.
“If the peasants of the past had subwoofers in their horse carts, there would have been only one playlist to be heard on every town and street and that is 5/5”
Leija Lautamaja (ENKEL, Floating Sofa Quartet)
Lauri Kotamäki - melodeon
Arttu Mäkelä - guitar
Miia Palomäki - fiddle
Sampsa Kujala - bass
Joonas Ojajärvi - mandolin
Ando & Friends
In Paalanen’s music, man and accordion breathe the same air and exude the same energy. He creates a one-man band, simultaneously producing bass, harmony, melody, vocals and percussion. The result is a massive, pulsating wall of sound where at times it is impossible to tell whether it is the musician or the instrument producing the sound.
Paalanen has a vision of bringing the accordion into modern genres of dance music, which means mining the capabilities of the instrument for the sort of sonority and power expected by listeners of contemporary popular music. Paalanen combines lovely melodic lines with a modern techno beat and throat singing that resembles the grunting vocal styles of metal music.
Arno Tamm and the traditional musicians from the Eller College
Mirjam Aavakivi - flute
Dan-Voldemar Dehteruk - fiddle
Kätlin Kits - fiddle
Emma Lotta Kiviberg - flute
Herbert Konnula - accordion
Juuli Kõrre - fiddle
Sofia-Liis Kose - fiddle
Maria Mänd - fiddle
Tobias Pilv - contrabass
Villem Suits - piano
Arno Tamm - guitar
Katariina Tirmaste - flute
Mirabell Veli - fiddle
Kertu Zahharov – fiddle
Black Bread Gone Mad
Their wild and energetic live performances remind you that music can be unbounded and absolutely unlimited. The band members are fans of different music styles, such as the 70's rock, afro rhythms, estonian folk, Middle Eastern music. While creating new tunes BBGM wants to add freshness and exciting sound to the traditional music scene with the sole goal that music should inspire and wire the band members up.
In summer of 2021, Black Bread Gone Mad will release their second album.
Merike Paberits - flute/vocals
Lee Taul - violin/vocals
Peeter Priks - guitar/vocals
Mati Tubli - bass/vocals
Martin Aulis - drums and percussion
Curly Strings and friends
The band’s new songs offer positivity, beauty, life-affirming joy and inspiration to the listeners. The band members feel that despite the hardships, the world is a beautiful and interesting place and life with all its shades is worth living. The soundscape of the Curlies is familiar to traditional music fans: the enjoyably gripping and pulsating multi-layered mix of string instruments is combined with Eeva’s iridescent vocals. But their new music is more of a joint venture than ever before and each song has been thoroughly thought and felt through in endless rehearsals. The arrangements are mode detailed and wholesome than ever before. At the same time, they’ve also been going back to their roots and rediscovering them which is something that bands and people do from time to time. The band will also play their other beloved hits so come and party with Curly Strings!
Eeva Talsi - vocals, fiddle
Taavet Niller - contrabass, vocals
Jaan Jaago - guitar, vocals
Villu Talsi - mandolin, vocals
DJ Ats Luik
DJ Heivi Saaremets
DJ Susanna Raiend
DJ's Lauri Täht, Erkin Antov
Lauri Täht (Tähetund, IDA Raadio) and Erkin Antov (JazzItUp, Raadio2) are one of the best traditional music DJ's in the world from Estonia (try to prove otherwise!).
This time they will keep it simple by offering various kind of dance music - from tropical funk, dancy jazz to ultramodern vibrations.
DJ's Maarja Nuut & Evar Anvelt
Early-morning set of Maarja Nuut and Evar Anvelt is mainly meant for different pets and wild animals.
Abstract beats and animal sounds are dominating, hypno moon is raging in the sky.
DJ's Roman Vjazemski ja Kaarel Valter
Peacekeapers of underground folkscene of Tallinn, members of boardMonopol Entertainment OÜ.
One of them is the boss of IDA radio morning show "Seinast seina tapeediks", other one sidekick of R2 "Tetris" and "Estonian Funk Embassy".
Otherwise simple guys, who don´t need much. Yin-yang, Roma Fie ja Karlaone. Nothing else to add.
Duo Mann ja Juula
Maria Mänd - violin
Juuli Kõrre - violin
At the concert, the new songs from the new short album called “Kulla kerguseks” (“For the Lightness of the Gold”) and older hits will be played. Duo Ruut will bring you familiar flavours but also something more spicy and exotic and of course mellow vocals and juicy kantele sounds. Starting from dancing and ending with the new moon, from singing to spells - that’s how Duo Ruut asks you for a dance.
Duo Ruut is a joint effort of two good friends who have different musical backgrounds and tastes. Having found a new musical bereathing from their ancestor’s heritage, Katariina Kivi and Ann-Lisett Rebane sat down behind a kantele in 2017. The decision to come together was, on one hand, a crazy coincidence and, on the other, a result of a long period of experimenting and academic music studies. The kantele became a “blank slate” which gave them room for inventing and developing new playing techniques. Playing on one instrument together sets strict limits on what you can do – that’s why Duo Ruut challenged themselves to let their imagination run wild and make sure that their essentially minimalistic music is jam-packed with exciting ideas.
Duo Ruut’s debut album “Tuule sõnad” (“The Words of the Wind”) was released in 2019 and it received the debut album of the year award at the Ethno Ladles ceremony in 2020. In 2021, it was a nominated for the debut album of year and the ethno/folk album of the year awards at the Estonian Music Awards 2021.
Even though Duo Ruut has been active for a short time, they’ve toured around the world and visited, for example, Japan, one of the most reputable festivals Celtic Connections in Glasgow and Sharq Taronalari festival in Usbekistan.
Get up the Wooden Hill
Get Up the Wooden Hill are a new and exciting band to emerge onto the traditional music scene. Comprised of five individuals – each masters of their instruments, this group forged their musical understanding from years spent playing together in the various venues and pubs of Dublin including The Cobblestones and The Pipers Corner. Seán Garvey, Leonora Lyne, Maitiú Ó Casaide Dermot O’Hanlon and Ian Kinsella’s blend of fiddle, flute, accordion, guitar and uilleann pipes, complimented by vocals in English and Irish generate a dynamic and compelling sound that encapsulates the essence of Traditional music.Seán Garvey
Maitiú Ó Casaide
In Memoriam Igor Tõnurist
Igor Tõnurist's activities and personality had a significant impact on the revival of folk music in the last quarter of the 20th century.
As an ethnologist, he studied folk instruments near and far, collected invaluable knowledge about instruments and the way musicians played together, and gathered information about old songs and lifestyles. His mission was to share the knowledge he had gathered in live performance, to which end he established the folk music groups Leegajus and Sõsarõ. His wish and aim was to present folk culture as a whole, encompassing music, song, dance, knowledge, customs and costumes.
Igor was a brilliantly captivating performer - a musician and storyteller - who, in his lectures and concerts, gave a vivid insight into the village life of our past, but was also happy to share information and introduce the traditions of other peoples, especially Finno-Ugric, East Slavic and Baltic people, which he had sudied himself.
As a scientist and a wise revivalist, Igor Tõnuris became a key figure in the folklore movement and the founder of the Baltica folklore festival. With the determination and personal charm of a master, he advocated the traditional authenticity of folk music performance and the performer, which was far from self-evident at the time.
For decades he was an invaluable expert and advisor in the field of folk costumes, as well as co-author of comprehensive works on Estonian folk culture.
Igor Tõnurist was a pioneer and a bridge builder, both in the past and in the present, and his influence leads to the future. Over the years, he taught at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn University and its predecessor, supervised student projects at the Viljandi Academy of Culture, and reached a wider audience of folk music enthusiasts through courses and seminars organised by the predecessor of the Estonian Centre for Folk Culture. However, it is perhaps more important to acknowledge Igor's invisible influence through attitudes and principles that will surely transcend time.
Former member of Leegajus
UNESCO Chair of Applied Studies of Intangible Cultural Heritage
University of Tartu
Kaisa Kuslapuu ja Karl Laanekask
Despite that, they’ve started discovering the endless treasure troves of tradition music together and their unique sound keeps them going. Kaisa and Karl’s repertoire consists mainly of their favourite dance songs and other interesting archival finds mixed with original songs.
Kaisa Kuslapuu – piano, garmon, vocals
Karl Laanekask – bandjo, vocals
Kärt Johanson & Seán Garvey
Seán Garvey is one of the most exceptional traditional singers who follows the older Irish singing tradition (sean-nós singing) and who has a thorough understanding of the culture and language. His ballads in English are similarly exquisite. He’s a great guitar, bouzouki, banjo, flute, fiddle, etc player. Seán has been a fan of Estonia for 30 years since 1988 when a few dozen extraordinary traditional musicians came to Estonia to perform.
Kärt Johanson is a singer whose repertoire consists of both newer and older traditional songs mixed with a few of her own songs from the album she’s about to release. What happens when the two worlds which are so different yet so similar meet?
Seán Garvey - Guitar, bouzouki, fiddle, flute.
Kärt Johanson - Guitar, mandolin
Every summer, the camp has new faces that come from different parts of Estonia and make the whole experience, both for the audience and the participants, unique and special. Every Children's ETNO concert radiates energy and vitality, which is conveyed through music.
For the first six months, they focused on instrumental songs, then they started to include more and more songs in their repertoire. In2017, the frontman of the group Andres Eelmaa switched his accordion for a bassguitar to add a variety of sounds to the band’s music. Ott-Mait Põldsepp, who plays the guitar and the mandolin, joined the group in 2019.
Lõõtsavägilased play mainly folk and traditional music but they do not say no to playing other styles either. During the last five years, the band has given more than 600 concerts and has taken the stage at all the main folk music festivals in Estonia.
Mads Hansens Kapel
These are the words that define the dance orchestra and folk ensemble Mads Hansens Kapel.
Entering the service of the fine arts in 2016 MHK quickly became noticed on the Danish folk scene - and dance floor! The dance music has always been vibrant and changeable and this is heard clearly in the interpretation of theold melodies played with wildness, authority and heart! For there will be dancing, whether it is on the floor or the chairs!
The ensemble has played for dance, as well as concerts, throughout the danish kingdom, as well as countries such as England, Germany, Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Switzerland. Mads Hansens Kapel is, with their eternal curiosity and playful approach, always in motion. From the fierce, the bold and the fussy, to the delicate, beautiful and heartily, MHK tells the story of 5 young men and their journey towards the stars.
Mads Hansens Kapel consists of:
Jonas Lærke Clausen - Violin
Martin Strange Lorenzen - Klarinet
Sebastian Boesgaard Bloch Larsen - Guitar
Emil Ringtved Nielsen - Bas
Julian Svejgaard Jørgensen - Klaver
Mari Kalkun has got a master degree in traditional singing from Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Part of the study time she spent in exchange in Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and performed her master concert both in Tallinn and Helsinki. She received Estonian Ethno Music Award 2013 as the Best Singer.
Maria Mazzotta & Vince Abbracciante
Previously with the “Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino” band, Mazzotta has gone on to become one of the most appreciated voices on the European world music scene.
She fearlessly passes through all the emotions that love can arouse, with the song as a vehicle for catharsis, consolation, strength, and as a “cure”, which is so very typical of popular tradition
She is coming to Viljandi with a talented accordionist Vince Abbracciante
Maria Mazzotta - vox and percussions
Vince Abbracciante- accordion
Metsatöll & Riffarrica
The passion with which Metsatöll tells the stories of Estonian tribes hasn’t waned with years. The group sincerely believes that you can save the world from the symbolic plague with music and that there will be honourable Estonian old men in a thousand years’ time who are proud of their country and language, sacred places and traditions.
Metsatöll’s music is a mixture of metal music and our ancient musical heritage - the feeling and wisdom of being Estonian. In addition the instruments that metal bands usually use, Metsatöll also plays our own bagpipe, kanteles and flutes which were played here more than a thousand years ago. Metsatöll won’t let the Estonian story die out. Never.
The power and persuasion with which Riffarrica presents their original songs that are intertwined with tradition leaves no doubt that the name of this band which was born to play on large stages will be written in the cultural history of Estonia. Riffarrica’s powerful riff folk is inspired from the runo songs from centuries ago and the Nordic way of thinking. The name for the duo was taken from Lennart Meri’s book “Hõbevalge” (“Silver White”) where they talk about Aethicus’ “Cosmography” where the place name Riffarrica is used for the ancient coastal area of Rävala which is now the Northern coast of Estonia. Kulno Malva’s throaty voice, powerful accordion grooves and the novel soundscape of Kristjan Priks’s unique drum set has given birth to a fresh and interesting sound that Baltic Music News called “folk with a muscle”. Riffarrica – it’s massive riffs and runo songs.
Metsatöll consists of:
KuriRaivo – bass guitar, vocals
Tõnis - drums, vocals
Markus – vocals, guitars
Lauri – vocals, bagpipe, whistles, kanteles, ängipill, acoustic guitar, other traditional instruments.
Riffarica consists of:
Kulno Malva - accordion, bagpipe, vocals
Kristjan Priks - drums, vocals
Behind the colourful sound there is an intriguing set of instruments: vocals, bagpipe, flute, double bass, drums and acoustic guitar. It’s the freedom of crossing boundaries and the courage to experiment, that create the youthful symbiosis between tradition and modern times. The genuine warmth and positive charge, born of the Nagy Bögö’s synergy, will stay with the audience long after the last chord has faded away.
Karolin Übner - bagpipe
Katariina Tirmaste - flute, violin, vocals
Jaan-Eerik Aardam - guitar, vocals
Kevin Lilleleht - drums
Mart Nõmm - double bass, bass guitar
NOËP Goes Folk
The talented songwriter has been listened to more than 40 million times on Spotify alone. In addition to other important achievements, NOËP received the pop album of the year award at the Estonian Music Awards ceremony in 2019 for his EP “Heads in the Clouds”.
In March 2021, NOËP released an EP named “folktronic” which was inspired by the performance that was supposed to take place at Viljandi Folk Music Festival 2020. The concert was cancelled last year due to the pandemic but he did release the album. It includes songs by beloved Estonian musicals like Trad.Attack!, Curly Strings, Mari Kalkun, Maarja Nuut and Duo Ruut with a uniquely NOËP twist.
“Last year, they approached me with the concert concept “NOËP Goes Folk” which was based on the idea that I would add a traditional spin to my songs. In turn, I suggested that half of the programme could be folk songs with a NOËP spin. Inspired by this idea, I started creating remixes during the first wave of the pandemic,” explains NOËP.
This year, NOËP is back and ready to play both his own well-known songs and interesting remixes of the works of other artists.
In May, NOËP released a new song “Differences” which introduces the musician’s debut album which will be released this year. NOËP’s long-awaited LP marks the beginning of a new chapter on the musician’s creative journey. The deepest sounds on the album are inspired by the cold and dark Estonian winter during which the album was written and produced.
Sofia-Liis Kose - fiddle and vocals
Felix Verlin - contrabass and vocals
Alex Verlin - guitar and vocals
Kert Krüsban - bellows, accordion and vocals
PásztorHóra: a Csángó urban folk band – five young masterful musicians who spice the urban rush up with a pinch of the essence of Moldova.
Since 2014 when the band was created, they has performed in four countries on more than a hundred stages for at least 10,000 people. No one is surprised that the party lasts until the morning – their memorable rhythms and lively music makes you forget about everything else. The band’s repertoire oscillates between world music and traditional music by mixing the older and newer traditions. Their music is light and natural but also very powerful. The archaic style of old farmhands receives a modern 21st century makeover so it fits well on the contemporary stages proving that traditional music is both historical and contemporary.
Their recent album “Soha el nem felejtelek“ (“I Will Never Forget You”) which was released this year is a summary of their first five years on the music scene. The album contemplates on the footprints of life and the members have been working on it for years. PásztorHóra’s trademark is collaboration between different styles. The members of the band have played different styles of music ranging from early music to jazz and from pop to metal. The dynamic nature of Balkan music is combined with the elegance of classic music and all of this blends in with the love for traditional music. Their diverse personalities and captivating concerts create a special, even magical atmosphere. They will enchant you and you won’t want to leave!
“Even though tradition and the influence of old masters is clearly felt in their music, their rhythm is so contemporary and natural that any other genre-specific characteristics no longer matter in their music,” Mihály Rácz in his blog Lángoló Gitárok (langologitarok.blog.hu)
“One of the best Moldovan albums released during the last few years. I will never forget you. There’s no doubt about that,” Viktor Fehér, from the band Kerekes.
András Bergics – fiddle, bagpipe, kaval, flutes
Ádám Újházi –fiddle, Jew’s harp
László Szlama – koboz, kaval, vocals
Mátyás Egervári – cymbalom, bagpipe
Gergely Okos – drum
Ramo Teder (Pastacas) – talharpa, vocals, electronics
Marko Veisson – talarpa, vocals, electronics
Starting from the 2011 / 2012 season Estonian National Male Choir is led by chief conductor and artistic director Mikk Üleoja. In 2015 Estonian National Male Choir and Mikk Üleoja were awarded the State Cultural Award, marking the choir’s remarkable performances.
Estonian National Male Choir’s newest project “REGIRAM” is dedicated to arrangements of runo songs and features acclaimed musicians Celia Roose, Tuule Kann and Robert Jürjendal.
Stories and songs from the Ruhnu island
We’re taking a trip to the Ruhnu island and it’s beautiful nature – we’re going to a wedding, a party, the beach, cultural centre, church and we’re placed in the middle of the island’s everyday life.
Once upon a time, the island was known not only because of its masterful seal hunters and craftsmen but also for its exquisite fiddlers. When researching the forgotten Ruhnu-Swedish traditional music, Karoliina Kreintaal, Lee Taul and Sänni Noormets came up with the idea to organise a fiddle camp on the island to breathe new life into the old songs. Today, the camp has been filling the entire island with Ruhnu-Swedish for seven years.
Recently they recorded the songs from the island on an album which introduces the colourful heritage of Ruhnu starting from the wedding songs and ending with original songs inspired by the island. Kairi Leivo is telling colourful stories she’s heard on the island and introduces the village chronicles.Karoliina Kreintaal - fiddle, viola, vocals
Lee Taul - fiddle, vocals
Sänni Noormets - fiddle, viola, vocals
Kairi Leivo – storytelling
Suits and Kool
Kristi’s family has several generations of diatonic accordion players: already her grandfather August Laanesaar was a popular diatonic accordion player and Kristi’s mother Ülle Kool also plays this traditional folk instrument, which is a favourite of Estonians. During her studies in Viljandi, Janne also studied at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden, where she learned to play their traditional instrument the nyckelharpa.
In 2019 we released an album titled “Kasesalu tantsud”. The title of the album has two meanings in Estonian. On the one hand, it means that we are playing songs from the repertoire of Erni Kasesalu – the kannel maestro from South Estonia. But the title (which also translates as “Dances of Birch Groves”) also hints at the dance culture of olden times: young people came together in birch groves and village swing grounds to dance, sing, play games and socialise.
Svjata Vatra and Žurba
The group Svjata Vatra is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Estonian-Ukrainian friendship with a CD and concert called “Maailm, sa muutud” (“World, You’re Changing”), which was released in 2020 was created in collaboration between three generations and musicians from three different countries. The aim was to hand down the important values in life from grandparents to grandchildren and highlight the connection between generations and collaboration between musicians across different countries.
Svjata Vatra has invited the band’s soloist Ruslan’s daughter Rute and the Ukrainian but residing in Estonia grandmothers’ folk band Žurba to join them on the stage at Viljandi Folk Music Festival. Rute Trochynskyi has grown up together with the band and performed with them since she was five years old which makes it ten years. The folk band Žurba has been active in Tallinn for 28 years and has performed at festivals in both Estonia and abroad.
When Ruslan Trochynskyi wrote the song “Maailm, sa muutud” (“World, You’re Changing”), no one could suspect how prophetic it will turn out to be. During the album release event in March 2020, the entire world was experiencing a global change which has had a great impact on the entire world of music.
The music of Tbilisi who sing traditional choir songs has everything – one moment, it’s incredibly gentle and affectionate and the next, it’s booming like a thundering cloud. The programme includes songs from various areas of Georgia including war songs, songs about being on the road, church songs, pastoral songs and wedding songs.
Thinking of Jaak
Jaak Johanson was a singer and artist who liked to seamlessly navigate very different worlds: metropolitan cities and isolated islands, opposing personalities, teachers and students, various artistic communities, religions, musical genres and musicians – original song, folk song, jazz, rock, etc. In his performances and concert arrangements, he was able to combine the composer's and the folk singer's songs into a natural tandem – a musician's personal way of expressing himself.
Jaak's songs, his performances, and his way of thinking were influenced by many famous predecessors, and he himself was an influence on and companion to many. His view of folk music was one of the key drivers behind the birth of the festival and its ideals. He also stated that Viljandi Folk Festival was an event conducive to falling in love.
Jaak Johanson passed away on 14 February this year.
Krista Citra Joonas, Kärt, Mart and Ants Johanson, Jaak Tuksam, Eesti Keeled, Seán Garvey, Sofia Joons Gylling, Marko Matvere, Mari Kalkun, Meelika Hainsoo, Silver Sepp, Sakarias Jaan Leppik.Photo: Kaari Saarma
The album consists of 9 songs which are based on the expedition materials which were published in 2015 in the anthology “Siberi eestlaste laulud” (“Songs by the Estonians in Siberia”, edited and collected by Any Korb). The archival materials that were published in the anthology have been used by several Estonian musicians and bands but this is the first full album of Siberian Estonian songs released in Estonia.
“The singing culture of Siberian Estonians is unique,” says Arno Tamm who is the newest member of the band. “For example, the texts in local dialects from different parts of Estonia are combined with the Slavic style of singing and there are also folk melodies from the awakening period which are given a new life.”
“It’s incredibly interesting to observe the improvisation that’s part of folk songs and how it changes in time,” explains the soloist and fiddle player Karoliina Kreintaal. “For me, it’s very inspiring to see what the traditions were among Estonians who lived in small villages and how despite the times, circumstances, political and social situation, people still thought it was important to get together and sing old songs together.”
Karoliina Kreintaal – vocals, fiddle, viola, small kantele
Taavet Niller – contrabass, vocals
Lauri Täht – backs, samples, drums, percussion instruments, vocals
Arno Tamm – vocals, guitar, keyboard instruments
Torupilli Juss 176
We play and sing songs which were part of his repertoire 100 years ago. We tell stories which have been brought to us by historical records and also make a nod to this year’s festival theme and bring together all sorts of musicians to play the 21st song by Torupilli Juss.
On the stage:
Cätlin Mägi, Liisi Koikson, Eeva Talsi, Sandra Vabarna, Karoliina Kreintaal, Silver Sepp, Marko Mägi, Marek Talts, Jaan Pehk, Piret Päär, Merike Paberits and Ulvi Võsa.
Traditional musicians from Virumaa
The idea of an album was attractive to a number of traditional musicians who have a connection to Virumaa like Villu Talsi, Ilmar Kald, Taavet Niller, Asso Int, Jaanus Põlder, Enver Lani and many others who formed different bands when playing music together. For the album, the musicians also played songs from the areas of Kiviõli, Jõhvi, Püssi and Rakvere which are connected to our traditional musicians.
The music on this album is our musicians’’ vision of the traditional music culture of Virumaa throughout time and space.
With our team, we have made a start to find and preserve our local traditional culture.
And we can’t forget that it’s the people of Virumaa who have to protect Virumaa!
Martin Müller – accordion, vocals
Asso Int – Estonian diatonic accordion, vocals
Villu Talsi – mandolin, guitar, vocals
Taavet Niller – contrabass, vocals
Ilmar Kald – fiddle, saw instrument, vocals
Jaanus Põlder – guitar, mandolin, vcoals
Enver Lani – bass guitar, vocals
Tanel Sakrits – mandolin, vocals
Kaarin Aamer – guitar, vocals
Sten Aamer – mandolin, vocals
Tõnis Kirsipu – drums
Karoliina Alla – garmon, vocals
Mariliina Alla – mandolin, vocals
Randmar Tuulemäe – mandolin, vocals
Mattias Kaasik – bass guitar, guitar
Mariel Ahven – mandolin
Kirke Veiser – garmon
Adeele Aamer – fiddle
Lisete Ivask - fiddle
Alex Gallacher - Folk Radio UK
"Those lucky enough to have caught the Dhoore brothers on the festival circuit raved about their freshness and verve!"
Dave Hadfield - The Living Tradition UK
This album strengthens the theory that something special happens when families perform together. An atmospheric and moving collection of instrumentals inspired by the Flemish tradition.
Rock’n Reel Magazine (Ireland)
Trio Dhoore, is a band existing out of three brothers from Flanders found in 2010. Known for its innovative instrumental compositions rooted in the Flemish traditional music.
Growing up in a family where making music was encouraged and folk music was never far away Ward, Hartwin & Koen started playing their first traditional tunes together around the kitchen table at the age of ten. The seed was planted.
Through the years the brothers managed to create their own musical identity that attracted many listeners far across the Flemish borders.
Diatonic accordion, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, and electronic effects complement each other seamlessly in a musical adventure where you sit on the edge of your chair.
Tuulelõõtsutajad was born to perform at Viljandi Folk Music Festival in 2000. During the first decade of the new millennium, they took the stage of the festival quite often. The last time they performed at the festival was in 2012 together with the male engineers choir. As a lot of water has flown into the sea since then, Tuulelõõtsutajad are back! As before, they play music for the joy of listeners to accompany dancing and they’re presenting their third album “Elumere lained” (“The Waves of the Sea of Life”) they released to celebrate their 20th jubilee.
Juhan Uppin – diatonic accordion, vocals
Siim Rikker – diatonic accordion, octave mandolin, vocals
Priit Rikker – bass, vocals
Enrik Visla – fiddle, vocals
Toomas Oks – guitar, vocals
Tarmo Noormaa - Estonian diatonic accordions and vocal
Lauri Õunapuu - songs and stories
At the concert you will hear the following music:
· Runo songs (these were invented a few years before the band was started, straight after the world was created)
· Derisive songs (in the past, they sang about everything, even about vodka and women)
· Modern songs and war songs (NB! these songs will require parental guidance)
· Songs by the forest brothers (it’s getting worse and worse)
· Songs by the Pogues in Estonian (this is a band that’s even older that Untsakad from abroad, they’re older than bread)
That’s a summary of our music. In addition, it’s worth pointing out that the members might be elderly but they are very clean. At least for the moment. All vaccinated and chipped.
Instrumental group VIIK connects two musicians who have been active on the Estonian traditional music scene for a long time and who have now decided to join their creative forces and instruments. The 12-string kantele and the guitar are looking for harmonies and self-expression through the means of original songs.
The duo’s music is personal and carries the face of the authors by giving the listeners the chance to take part of the authors’ journeys, their celebrations and every day routine and the emotions that accompany both.
The kantele and the guitar don’t often play together on the stage which is why it’s enjoyable to see how the sounds of these two instruments are melded into one in VIIK’s music.
“VIIK is like an ancient weighted swing where the people on opposite ends have to observe each other to keep the balance and make sure they don’t fall over. When Kadri and Ott play their instruments, the swing is constantly moving and it makes for a great spectacle to see how the melodies and phrases land or where they end up. You won’t find any comfortable stagnation here, or if so, it’s deceptive and is preparing you for a new surprise. The strings on the two instruments paint a picture in the listener’s ear where the players are everywhere around you and create a bright and airy playing ground where everything is possible.”
Kristjan Priks, musician (DAGÖ, Riffarrica)
Kadri Lepasson – 12-string kantele
Ott Kaasik – guitar (Swedish lauto)
Both were born in Riga, Latvia, as was ZeMe, however, it was polished and presented in Japan in 2015 and 2016 while both artists where
touring and learning the art of observation.
Their melodies come from their heritage of Latvian roots music in combination with cutting-edge technologies and the competition between free improvisation and live looping. The inner meditative sounds of the kokle interacting with expressive scratching makes this duo special.
It is that moment, when a breezily flowing stream comes together with a groove as heavy as clay; that moment when two different spirits come together to express the instinct of being a part of this earth.
Zeme in Latvian mythology literally signifies Mother Earth. The kokle is a traditional Latvian stringed instrument whose 2000 year history is still a topic of discussion among philologists. Laima plays a replica of a 19th century kokle. Latvia is the heart of the Baltic states. A country with beautiful landscapes and a complex history. A treasure trove of traditional music and ancient myths.
When this band of young Seto boys was created in 2003, no one knew that Seto leelo songs could play in mainstream radio stations, on TV and at music festivals. Zetod mix together folk, rock, punk and metal music and it creates an energy that is rarely seen elsewhere. They have released six albums, the latest of which is “Traadilda” in the a cappella style. In addition to different Estonian folk festivals, the band has also performed in Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Belgium, France and the USA. Their music plays an enormous role in introducing Seto leelo singing around the world.
Zetod have created a lot of new music during the pandemic and it’s now time to play it on the stage! Viljandi Folk Music Festival without Zetod would definitely not be a real Viljandi Folk Music Festival and that’s just how it is. Are you ready?
Artur Linnus – accordion and vocals
Matis Leima – fiddle, garmon and vocals
Jalmar Vabarna – guitars and vocals
Jaanus Viskar – bass guitar and vocals
Martin Kütt – drums