Monday, July 30, 2012

Upcoming Shows

...For the next few weeks:

July 31st: Pärnu Bluusipäevad, Pärnu, Estonia

August 2nd: Ugriblues, Tallinn, Estonia

August 10th: Fontaine Festival, Liepaja, Latvia

Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Tune With El Trio

Here's a preview of "Solitaire" - a brand new tune written by Andres Roots, recorded @ White Room in Tartu by Asko-Romé Altsoo and featuring Lorete Medne (vocals) and Edgars Galzons (tuba) from the Latvian band El Trio, as well as Roundabout regulars Raul Terep (drums & percussion) and Andres Roots (guitars).

The song will be released on a special CD single next month, promoting the annual railroad station show at the Augustibluus festival in Haapsalu on August 18th. The concert line-up is El Trio, Andres Roots Roundabout and Deivert & Kramer (USA), and befittingly, the "B-side" of the single will hold "Lightnin' On Horizon", originally released on "Leigh's Spider Jam" and featuring Bert Deivert (mandolin), L.R.Phoenix (vocals), Martin Eessalu (electric guitar), Raul (drums) and Andres (dobro).   

Sunday, July 22, 2012

TV6, UK Gigs & Tampere Pics

It has somewhat belatedly come to our attention that on July 16th, TV6 chose "Link To Elmore" as their tune of the week - cheers, y'all! Here's a live version of the song from July 13th, as performed by the Black Bay Zydeco Stompers feat. Andres Roots and hailed as the "ultimate highlight" of a set "composed for the most part of stylishly swinging cajun and zydeco" by Jyrki Kallio, who also captured it on video:

If you read Finnish or just want to see some great photos and more video footage, here's the link to Mr. Kallio's wonderful report of the Louisiana Cajun Party. Here's one of his pics, just to wet your appetite:

In other news, three trio gigs for the Andres Roots Roundabout in the Manchester area have just been confirmed, namely:

- September 28th: Blue Cat Cafe, Stockport, UK + Silver Sound Explosion
- September 29th: Dulcimer, Chorlton, UK
- September 30th: Didsbury Arts Festival, Fletcher Moss Park, UK 

The band will also be recording a live session for Stockport's Roots & Fusion show on Pure FM. Supporters of the tour thus far include Music Export Estonia and EAÜ.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Live Black Bay Zydeco Footage

On Friday 13th, Andres appeared at the Louisiana Cajun Party in Tampere, Finland with the wonderful Black Bay Zydeco Stompers  (aka Dortmunder): Marko Aho (guitar, cigar-box guitar, vocals); Tapsa Kojo (accordion, keyboards, vocals), Jysky Ristilä (bass) and Make Kelokaski (drums).

Alongside Louisiana and New Orleans classics and a few Roots originals, the set included "Sihijuomaboogie", the title track from Dortmunder's recent EP that was recorded with Andres on slide guitar. The other featured artist of the night was the great Ismo Haavisto (accordion, harmonica, vocals), and of course there were a few numbers that had everybody on stage...

Phone pic by Siret Roots.

...such as both sides of the CD single released that night: "Instrumental Disorder" and "Evil Woman". You can order the single HERE!

And yes, there was a lot of zydeco played that night! :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Zydeco Single & Trio Photos

In connection with the Louisiana Cajun Party in Tampere, Finland on July 13th (see previous post for poster), a two-track single by the Black Bay Zydeco Stompers feat. Ismo Haavisto & Andres Roots will be released and it will look like this:

Your first chance to obtain it will be at the festival, but in case you can't make it, watch this space. Meanwhile, the Roundabout trio's last Tartu show for the summer was a blast. Siret Roots caught the band before the concert:

With those shots of summertime Tartu, Roots Art Records now closes shop for a week's holiday - back on Monday, July 16th. But hey - while we're gone, you can dowload the "Link To Elmore" radio single by the above trio for merely 99 cents! 

Andres Roots Roundabout: Link to Elmore