Wrapping up the open mic tour: three things I’ve learned

This week I returned to the Junction in Brixton to play the final night of my experimental open mic tour of songs from Forest Brothers. … More Wrapping up the open mic tour: three things I’ve learned

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A tribute to Veljo Tormis: music for a peaceful revolution

“It is not I who makes use of folk music, it is folk music that makes use of me.” The immortal words of Veljo Tormis, the legendary Estonian composer whose music breathed new life into ancient choral traditions, and reverberated through the peaceful revolution that led to the restoration of the country’s independence in 1991. I was saddened … More A tribute to Veljo Tormis: music for a peaceful revolution

25 years of Estonian independence – and a five-year plan to take Forest Brothers to stage

As I begin to write these words, the Estonian Roman Fosti crosses the finishing line in the Olympic marathon at the Sambódromo in Rio de Janeiro. A week ago, the sisters Liina, Lily and Leila Luik competed in the women’s event – the first time in history that triplets have done so in an Olympic … More 25 years of Estonian independence – and a five-year plan to take Forest Brothers to stage