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Saura Booking Agency is expanding

Saura Booking Agency, 5 years old in December, will continue to grow and expand from domestic and Sámi artists to the biggest names in Estonian world music.

Saura Booking Agency has made an agreement with Trad.Attack! and Puuluup groups for their representation in Finland. Saura also started a collaboration with the Finnish Juurakko band, a rooted storyteller who is releasing a new album in December.

TRAD.ATTACK! is the most extraordinary Estonian band which has turned Estonian music market upside down by bringing folk music to the big stages and all over mainstream media. In five years Trad.Attack! has received 21 music awards in Estonia and toured in 37 countries from Chile to Australia and played at significant festivals such as Eurosonic, WOMEX, WOMAD and Transmusicales to mention some.

Trad.Attack! plays their own interpretation of Estonian folk drawing inspiration from archive recordings of Estonian folk singers and instrumentalists. Trad.Attack! brings their voices to the 21st century building modern sound and pulsating rhythmic structures around them, with incredible modern drive, power and charisma. In May 2017 Trad.Attack! released their second album “KULLAKARVA – SHIMMER GOLD” and are currently touring around the world.

Trad.Attack!:
Sandra Vabarna – bagpipes, vocals, jew’s harp, flutes
Jalmar Vabarna – guitar, vocals
Tõnu Tubli – drums, vocals


Kuva Taavi Arus

Neozombiepostfolk duo Puuluup directs the vibrations of talharpa’s horsehair strings through effect blocks and looper, uses alternative bowing and drumming techniques and sounds. The mellow sighs of talharpa are paired with electronically amplified echoes, knocks, creaks and crackles, while still maintaining the instrument’s natural sound. Puuluup sings about wind turbines, heroes from Polish TV series, fat cakes and the uncomfortable feeling that your neighbour’s dog might try to bite you while you take out the trash.

Talharpa is a bowed lyre, popular in Northern Europe since the early middle ages and was played on Western Estonian islands until the beginning of 20th century. Puuluup approaches talharpa’s bowing technique and repertory playfully by borrowing and mixing motives from different musical traditions. The music may have a dancing beat, or resemble a dark film soundtrack, spy around in the chambers of ancient talharpa players, or travel to far-away lands. Puuluup draws inspiration from Vormsi island nights, trams in November, junkies in love, criminals from Odessa and Antonio Vivaldi.

Puuluup’s firs album “Süüta mu lumi” (“Light My Snow”) was released in 2018.

Puuluup:
Ramo Teder – talharpa, vocal, looper and effects pedals
Marko Veisson – talharpa, vocal, effects pedal board


Kuva Janne Mikkilä

”Juurakko combines blues and folk music irresistibly.”
JUURAKKO offers a delightful combination of Finnish and Afro-American roots music with vivid storytelling and rakish skiffle spirit. Highly skilled a cappella blues singing in Finnish is combined with many exotic instruments like the kantele, the harmonium, the bowed lyre, the cigar box guitar, a coffee mug and a suitcase. The music of Juurakko invites you to a waltz with an old sailor, takes you to an island of unwanted people and brings earthy echoes from the Deep South.

Juurakko was founded in 2011, and since then the group has made music together for nine winters, released three albums and toured festivals in Finland as well as abroad. They have been acknowledged for creating their own style of music and for their radiant positive energy on stage. Juurakko has been described in the following manner:

“Un superbe univers musical.” (Musicologie.org, concert review, Festival Les Traversées Tatihou 2019)

“Unbelievably strong! Professional, funny, delightful.” (audience feedback, Humlefestival 2018)

“Juurakko well done! Your show was the most empowering, unifying and soul-stirring performance of the whole festival!” (audience feedback, Kihaus Folk 2016)