TRAD.ATTACK!

TRAD.ATTACK! play their own interpretation of Estonian folk, a fusion of rock, folk and bagpipe drive. They draw inspiration from archive recordings of the great Estonian folk singers and instrumentalists who created and performed music for work, leisure and festivities in the old times. TRAD.ATTACK! brings their voices and their music to the 21st century, building modern sound and pulsating rhythmic structures around old recordings, creating an impressively big sound from acoustic 12-string guitar, drums, an array of whistles, bagpipes and mouth harps.

Since their 2014 debut TRAD.ATTACK! has literally turned Estonian music scene upside down! They have managed to bring traditional music to the big stages and first pages of music magazines, sell out solo concerts for nearly 4000 people in Estonia and become trade mark of Estonia abroad.

The band released two internationally acclaimed albums, won 17 music Awards in Estonia, and played in over thirty countries from Chile to Malaysia — including such festivals as WOMEX, WOMAD, Eurosonic, Transmusicales, and Mundial Montreal.

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Imagine folk music at the top of the charts. Imagine thousands of fans singing along with a rural refrain recorded decades ago. More than that, imagine bagpipes as a pop instrument. Well, it happened in Estonia, and TRAD.ATTACK! did it on their first album. Now imagine having to follow that. But the Baltic three-piece have done it with admirable style, and built on that enviable start to create an album that breathes, dances, and keeps close to their love of archival songs.

Chris Nickson, fRoots, UK (2017)

This band didn’t come on stage to seek the audience’s sympathy but to take it.

Aivar Loog, Postimees, Estonia, 2017

They have the making of one of those unforgettable folk festival acts…

Louise Thomason, Shetland News, UK, 2017

Trad.Attack!’s second LP, the charming and gripping “Shimmer Gold” is, no doubt, one of the most important albums in Estonia this year.

Margus Haav, Magazine Music, Estonia, 2017

Trad.Attack! will be at WOMAD and could well prove to be the European success of the summer.

Robin Denselow, The Guardian, UK (2017)

This trio absolutely goes outside the usual box of the genre.

Christian Ruf, Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, Germany, 2017

A wonderful combination of their homeland’s song traditions with modern pulsating rhythms.

Eclipsed, Germany, 2017

They are really powerful.

Jazzthetik, Germany, 2017

Shimmer Gold as a whole is a very exceptional album.

Rasmus Klockljung, Lira, Sweden, 2017

…they create an almighty sound.

Tony Hillier, Weekend Australian, Australia, 2017

Trad.Attack! are a Baltic marvel.

fRoots, UK, 2017

…confident, assured, and playing to their gift for performing great tunes.

Lee Blackstone, Rootsworld, USA, 2017

Its music is punchy, rousing, soaring and disarmingly infectious.

Henning Bolte, London Jazz, UK, 2016

TRAD.ATTACK!

// Estonia

Exciting and energetic Estonian sounds in which the old and new collide and spark.


LineupSandra Vabarna: bagpipe, whistles, Jew’s harp, vocals
Jalmar Vabarna: 12-string guitar, vocals
Tõnu Tubli: drums, vocals

Photos byRene Altrov
Silver Tõnisson
Jelena Rudi

Websitehttp://www.tradattack.ee
BookingWorldwide except Estonia, North America, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh