Artist Profiles: Trad.Attack!


Trad.Attack! members, Sandra Vabarna, Jalmar Vabarna and Tõnu Tubli have been good friends for a long time, and have been involved in the Estonian music scene since the early 2000s.

Sandra started playing the Estonian bagpipe when she was thirteen. She has been disseminating folk music by being role model as a female bagpiper and band leader.

Jalmar is a Seto: a member of a small ethnic community in southeastern Estonia. Setos have their own kingdom and king and a unique culture, which is predominantly known for its traditional singing called leelo. Jalmar’s great grandmother, Anne Vabarna, was one of the most famous folk singers in Estonia. Jalmar’s mother and sister preserved the family singing tradition, so he has grown up in this tradition as well.

Tõnu’s father was the conductor of a brass orchestra so Tõnu played brass at a early age. He learned classical trombone and drums, and is now one of the most in-demand drummers in Estonia.

In 2014, Sandra, Jalmar and Tõnu decided to play together just for fun and to do something different with folk music. When they applied to play at Tallinn Music Week 2014 they didn’t even have a band name; they only had five musical pieces, but it was just enough for the short showcase.



After a great reaction from audience and critics, the trio decided to take things more seriously. They named their act Trad.Attack!




Trad.Attack!, EP (2014)
Ah! (Nordic Notes, 2015)
Kullakarva Shimmer Gold (2017)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


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