Folk Music

Music is the most lifelike from arts because it accompanies us from the cradle to the grave (August Pulst). Folk music is the mother tongue of music, that has retain in our subconsciousness and influenced both our music preferences and the development of music. Creation of music, whether its playing a musical instrument or singing, is the deepest and the most genuine way to express for many people – it helps them to express the feelings that cannot be put into words. Music brings people together. It brings the musicians together. It is one common language and love.

Folk Music Celebration has become an inseparable part of the Dance and Song Festival and brings together the musicians from all over the country. Our common language is Estonian folk music, hereditary tales that many generations have played and sung for tens and even hundreds of years.

Attending folk musicians are divided by the types of musical instruments according to their ensembles. This time, the instruments are kannel (Baltic zither), fiddle, concertina, plucked strings instruments, accordions, unified orchestra and as a new type the bagpipe. Kannel is divided into three subgroups: small kannel, folk kannel and chromatic kannel, which perform a concert called “The Kannels Night” on their own.

The settings of the folk music pieces are assembled simply, so different ensembles can play them. Altogether, 74 collectives and more than 800 musicians all over Estonia are attending the Folk Music Celebration.

Let’s play with heart and joy!

“The Kannels Night” concert takes place on Thursday, 4 July, at 21.00, at Estonian Methodist church (51 Narva road)
Folk Music Celebration concert takes place on Fridat, 5 July, at 14.00, in Freedom Square