Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Haapsalu Show Cancelled!

Due to influenza, Roots & Terep's appearance at the Lemon Lounge in Haapsalu on February 27th has been cancelled; Slinghunt will go ahead with the concert and R&T hope to be back on the road in time for next week's shows. Here's a clip from Finland last week:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Tartu, Põlva Shows & Lerwick Reviews!

Roots & Terep's Trad.alt.winter Tour continued with two gigs that were also part of Slinghunt's album release tour - at Genialistide Klubi in Tartu and at UnderGround in Põlva, the latter night also featuring the band Desert Queen. Sirje Penjam has again kindly provided footage from the Tartu show, featuring another new tune, "Tea For Alex".

Meanwhile, Blues In Germany has published a wonderful review of last year's Steve Lury & Andres Roots album "Live In Lerwick": "From the very first song on the album, the band show themselves to be masters of their craft." You can read the whole thing here (natürlich in German!).

Also, the Estonian monthly KesKus has published another cool review of the said album - DJ Pickney Tiger writes: "Andres Roots with his various companions must be travelling and performing around Europe more than most other musicians. Recording, too... I dread the thought of a time when he runs out of steam and stops releasing records... But now, dear folks, you must get this album and listen to it, too, for everything about it is good - both Roots *and* Lury!"

Next up: Andres Roots & Raul Terep will be opening for the legendary Dr. Feelgood in Hämeenlinna, Finland on February 19th and appearing with Devil Box in Turku on the 20th and with Little Willie Mehto in Järvenpää on the 21st.   

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Tartu, Pärnu Shows - Video!

Roots & Terep's Trad.alt.winter Tour continued with shows at the Tartu Illegaard with Dirty Trainload (ITA) and at the Pärnu Yacht Club/Blue Icicle Festival with Louie Digman (UK) and Ismo Haavisto (FIN). Here's footage from the former, filmed by Sirje Penjam and featuring a brand new tune - "Spanish Run".

Pärnu Postimees also published a lengthy interview with "blues ace" Andres Roots. Next up: Genialistide Klubi in Tartu on Thursday, February 12 with Slinghunt and UnderGround in Põlva on Friday, February 13th with Slinghunt and Desert Queen!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tour Launched With Lahti, Helsinki Shows!

Piazza Blues, Lahti - photo by Markku Pyykkönen.

Roots & Terep's Trad.alt.winter Tour kicked off last Friday in Lahti, Finland, with the Etelä-Suomen Sanomat newspaper announcing the event with the headline "Estonia's blues king to open Piazza Blues" - and confirming in a later story that the music was "really good." The show was also reviewed in the Puutarhakatu blog: "Andres Roots proved to be an excellent guitarist and an even better composer... His modest-looking amplified acoustic guitar provided a variety of sounds thanks to the dexterity of the guitarist and his selection of pedals. The artist himself appeared modest, too. Needlessly so, for Roots is master class... We'll be hearing more about this guy. You'd do well to remember the name: Andres Roots."

If the Lahti show was opened by Antsu Haahtela with just a man and his voice, his guitar and his full-size Marshall stack, then the next night at Helsinki's Ghettoblues kicked off with a powerful, semi-electronic set from Zalo Duo - with a snow storm raging outside. Roots & Terep followed; to say that the tour got off to a good start would be something of an understatement. Thanks to everyone involved and all who attended - this week's gigs include Illegaard in Tartu, Estonia with Dirty Trainload and the Blue Icicle festival at the Pärnu Yacht Club in Pärnu, Estonia!

In other news, "Chicken Man" has repeated its Eesti Top7 performance and reached #2 on Kanal 2's Reporter Hit Chart as well. Should you feel inclined to vote for the tune there, you are most welcome to do so! :)

Ghettoblues, Helsinki - photo by Leif Laaksonen.