TRAD.ATTACK! are three good friends and well-known Estonian musicians Sandra Vabarna, Jalmar Vabarna and Tõnu Tubli who have literally turned Estonian folk music on its head.
Surrounded by traditional music all her life, Sandra first picked up the Estonian bagpipe when she was thirteen. Jalmar is of the Seto people. Setomaa, a small community in the south of Estonia, has its own a king and distinctive culture, and is particularly well known for its traditional singing. His great grandmother, Anne Vabarna, was one of the most famous Estonian folk singers, so he has grown up in this tradition. Tõnu’s father was the conductor of a brass orchestra, so Tõnu was playing brass before he could walk. He took up classical trombone and drums, and is now one of the most in-demand drummers in Estonia.
Trad Attack! takes its inspiration from old archive recordings of Estonian traditional songs. Folk music is their starting point but not their boundary: they remain open in ears, mind and soul to different styles and new directions whilst maintaining their emotional roots-heart. Trad.Attack! is fresh folk music – friendly, passionate, powerful, dynamic,cheerful and true to the roots.