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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)


Transfixing Estonian Fiddler Maarja Nuut to Perform at Play Circle in Madison

Maarja Nuut
Maarja Nuut

Fiddler Maarja Nuut is set to perform at Fredric March Play Circle Theater in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday February 4, 2016.

Maarja Nuut is a fiddler, vocalist and composer and singer from northern Estonia, who combines traditional folk music influences with electronics.

Her first solo album, “Soolo,” was released in 2013 and put her on the world music map in Europe. Since then, she has performed at numerous events and festivals across Europe, including the influential WOMEX international world music showcase and conference in Spain and Eurosonic Noordeslag.

Her second album was released on June 3rd 2016, titled “Une meeles.”

Maarja Nuut - Une Meeles
Maarja Nuut – Une Meeles

Tickets are available online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person.


Maarja Nuut & Special Guest to perform in London

Estonian fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut & Special Guest are set to perform in London on July 20th July, 2016.

Maarja Nuut’s music combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics to create an intricate and layered soundscape where minimalism and experimental sounds meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe.

In the spring of 2013, Nuut released her debut album Soolo that generated buzz in Europe, including glowing reviews and favourable comparisons to Czech avant garde violinist Iva Bittová. Her second album Une meeles was released in spring 2016.

Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden