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.

Anneli Kadakas is a professional drummer who has worked with many artists such as Rock Hotel, Rasta Orchestra, Vennaskond, Eurovision winner Dave Benton's Latin Band, the Canadian blues harp virtuoso David Rotundo, and the late great Slavka Kobrin. Slide guitarist Andres Roots has played with Honeyboy Edwards and Tuomari Nurmio, toured and recorded with Steve Lury and Ismo Haavisto, and earned five Best European Blues Album awards from the Canadian Blues Underground Network.