Mari Kalkun: Estonian Folk in Portsmouth

Lose yourself in this meditative mix of Estonian tradition and innovative song writing, brought to you by one of the most forward-looking folk artists today. Since releasing her first album in Estonia in 2007, Mari Kalkun has toured Europe and sold albums as far afield as Japan. In 2018, Mari was nominated in two categories at the Estonian Music Awards and also received the Tallinn Music Week artist award. Her fifth and latest album, Ilmamõtsan, was rated in The Guardian’s top 10 best world albums.

About Mari Kalkun

Mari Kalkun is a musician, singer and a composer relying on her Southern Estonian roots. The songs are largely her own compositions, inspired by nature, Estonian poetry and folk music. Many of the lyrics are written by local poets carrying the feeling of rural life, the forests, the landscape. The flowing sound of Estonian language and its dialects create a meditative atmosphere in her music intertwined with the traditional singing – regilaul – and folkore. For making music and accompanying herself she uses kannel, piano, accordion, guitar but sometimes also pipes, whistles and various experimental instruments.

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