Friday, January 31, 2014

A Rewarding Listen

In the December issue of Blues In Britain magazine, there was a review of "Three!" by John Mitchell - describing Roundabout as a "predominantly acoustic band who blend traditional country blues, slide guitar, swing and classic rock influences". After namechecking Led Zeppelin, Cream and even Pink Floyd, Mr. Mitchell concludes: "For anyone who enjoys well-played acoustic guitars and a playful sense of humour this one will be a rewarding listen." Thank you! :)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review: "From Beethoven To Heavy Rock..." has just published a review of "Three!" by Pasi Tuominen. In addition to complimenting the players and the sound achieved at Tartu's White Room studio, he notes: ""Three!" is an album that deserves a place on any music lover's shelf...The disc can justifiably be called a blues album, even with its virtually endless number of undertones...Bringing to mind everything from classical music to heavy metal, oozing with innate humour from start to finish." Cheers! :)   

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Schedule Change

Please note that Roundabout's Volga gig in Tartu has been moved from February 7th to February 22nd, with Martin Eessalu's MOduo opening! 

That means it'll be a busy week for the band, as Roundabout will also be appearing with Finland's Devil Box in Pärnu and Tartu - the schedule reads:

Feb. 20 - Devil Box & Roundabout @ Underground, Tartu, Estonia
Feb. 21 - Devil Box & Roundabout @ Blue Icicle Festival, Pärnu, Estonia
Feb. 22 - Roundabout & MOduo @ Volga, Tartu, Estonia

Tomorrow, though, we'll see y'all at Tartu Bluusiklubi - see previous post for details ;)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tartu Blues Club

2014 has started off nicely - the gig at the Estonian Writers' Union was truly a blast! On Thursday, January 23rd, Roundabout will be doing a 30-minute set at a Tartu blues club event at Sõbra Pubi in Tartu.

The programme for the night is as follows - and there's no cover charge:

20:00 Riho Terase & Ranno Koorep
21:00 The Stoves:
Kaisa Maria Ling & Mikko Leinonen + Priit Part, Sergei Gvozdkov, Ivar Vigel, Enn Vei
22:00 Andres Roots Roundabout: Raul Terep, Peeter Piik, Andres Roots
23:00 Crosswood: Hanno Hansson, Riho Gross, Ivo Jääger, Arvo Lepik, Ove Maidla
00:00 Blueshound: Louie Digman, Ivar Moro, Eduards Glotovs, Heiki Vilep

Meanwhile, here's a 2010 track with Red Mouth which resurfaced last year on the "Lutsuvad kivid" compilation - the recording band was Eric "Red Mouth" Gebhardt on vocals, Andres Roots on guitar, Kalle Kindel on drums and Ahti Bachblum on keys, the live band in these 2011 photos from Endla Jazzklubi was Eric, Andres, Kalle and Jantso Jokelin on harmonica. Photos by Leif Laaksonen!

Friday, January 10, 2014

January Gigs

Today, Andres Roots & Peeter Piik will play their first gig of the year at a private event in Tartu - an acoustic set along the lines of this one, captured in May 2013 at the 30th anniversary of the University of Tartu Library's music department:

On Wednesday, January 15th, the Roundabout trio will appear at the Estonian Writers' Union in Tallinn at the presentation of "Rokenroll" - a book by Jürgen Rooste, Karl Martin Sinijärv and Tiit Pruuli. And then on Thursday, January 23rd, the band will be doing a short set at a Tartu Blues Club event at Sõbra Pubi.

Incidentally, the video for "Thru the Valley" off the 2010 "Roundabout" album, directed by Asko-Romé Altsoo and featuring Jantso Jokelin (FIN) and Bottleneck John (SWE) as well as Andres and Raul, was voted 31st in the annual Top50 Estonian music videos poll. Cheers! :)

Photo by Siret Roots.