Roots & Kadakas

Photo by Leif Laaksonen.
"A real thunder of applause erupted after the set from Andres Roots and Anneli Kadakas, with the audience willing to skip intermission two hours into the concert," observed the daily Postimees in their coverage of jazz festival FiESTa's XXX anniversary show at the Endla theatre in Pärnu. That May 2016 event reunited the chart-topping blues guitarist Roots and the sought-after jazz and rock drummer Kadakas for the first time in 20 years.

After a series of duo shows and the release of the live EP "FiESTa!" in 2016, Roots & Kadakas teamed up with Dramamama frontman Mikk Tammepõld in October 2017 for another run of live appearances, the first of which was the Estonian Blues Challenge, which they won - thus also representing Estonia at the European Blues Challenge in Hell, Norway in March 2018. As a duo, Andres Roots & Anneli Kadakas returned for the Tallinn Music Week festival in April, also appearing at the Pärnu Bluusipäevad and Porkuni Bluus festivals in Estonia and the Floating Cockroach alt.blues fest in Finland over the summer.

Anneli Kadakas is a professional drummer who has worked with a great variety of artists from rockabilly legends Robert Gordon and Chris Spedding to the Canadian blues harp virtuoso David Rotundo and Eurovision winner Dave Benton, to Estonian rock heavyweights Rock Hotel, Rasta Orchestra and Vennaskond. Back in 1996, she was the drummer in Andres' very first band - read Andres Roots' full bio HERE.