Estonian guitarist Andres Roots and Finnish harpist Jantso Jokelin have just released a duo reworking of the Roots tune "Django" - see Bandcamp link above or YouTube HERE. In 2023, Roots and Jokelin have played a number of duo shows in Finland and Estonia, and on November 19th, Jokelin will appear as Roots' very special guest at the Estonian culture festival Martin Markkinat in Helsinki, Finland for both shows that Roots is set to play there.
Jantso Jokelin is a Finnish harmonica player, guitarist and vocalist who has won the Finnish street music championship with the Ataturk Band and in 2009 came third in the world's biggest harmonica competition in Trossingen, Germany. Jokelin's first solo EP "Silver Lining" was released earlier this year.
Andres Roots is an official Ambassador for the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 - a slide guitarist and a songwriter whose music has received airplay on five continents and whose 2016 LP “Roots Music” remains the only blues album ever to top the sales charts in the Baltics. Later this month, Roots will be heading to the UK for four solo concerts:
Nov. 30 – Honey Bee Blues Club @ The Lescar, Sheffield;
Dec. 1 – Didsbury Baptist Church, Manchester;
Dec. 2 – Leeds Blues Club @ The Cross Keys, Leeds;
Dec. 3 – Sunday Blues Train @ Marsden Mechanics, Marsden.
Photos by Leif Laaksonen.