Eva Väljaots & Robbie Sherratt

 

Eva Väljaots (EST) and Robbie Sherratt (ENG) write and perform music rooted in Estonian and English folklore. Their music, both modern and tradition-sensitive, combines kannel, fiddle, and vocals in a colourful, rich and enchanting way. Sharing an affinity for improvisation and spontaneity, the duo’s communication and companionship captivates the ears eager to float and the toes yearning to dance.

They perform regularly in England, Estonia and Finland for both concerts and dancing. In 2022 they were finalists in Kaustinen Folk Music Festival’s Konsta Jylhä competition and in 2020 won the Grand Prize of the Mooste Elohelü Folk Music Competition in Estonia.

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Eva Väljaots (EST) ja Robbie Sherratt (ENG) loovad muusikat, mille juured ulatuvad nii eesti kui inglise pärimusse.  Põimides traditsioone ja omaloomingut, loovad kannel, viiul ja laul kõlavärviderikka ja võluva terviku. Duo kontserdid on tulvil improvisatsiooni ja spontaansust, nende muusika on samal ajal traditsioonitundlik ja modernne. Duo hea kooskõla ja ühine tunnetus paelub nii tantsumaia kui ka kuulates kulgeda armastava publiku kõrvu.

Eva Väljaots & Robbie Sherratt on andnud nii kontserte kui ka mänginud tantsuüritustel Eestis, Soomes ning Inglismaal. 2022. aastal olid Kaustineni Folk Music Festivalil Konsta Jylhä võistumängimise finalistid ning aastal 2020 võitsid nad Mooste Elohelü pärimusmuusikatöötluste festivalil.

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Main Prize winners of Mooste Elohelü’s Competition, Eva Väljaots & Robbie Sherratt. Photo: Kristina Masen

 

Upcoming Gigs

 
January 7-8, 2022 (FIN) Folklandia [Cancelled]

February 19, 2022 (UK) Eesti Kodu, Bradford
April 29-30 (FIN) – Nordic Music Therapy Conference
May 5, 2022 (EST) – Tallinn Music Week
July 15, 2022 (UK) – Festival at the Edge
July 24, 2022 (EST) – Hiiu Folk
July 28-31, 2022 (EST) – Viljandi Folk Music Festival

Media

A trailer from our concert at Musiikkitalo, Helsinki, May 2021

Our performance at Mooste Elohelü in August 2020.


In 2021, Helsinki Stage filmed a selection of our songs and tunes and interviewed us. The songs included are:

Sõprade labajalg (Friends’ Labajalg) – A dance tune written by Eva.

Lõoke/ Skylark – In 1936, in Estonia, Mari Sutt was recorded imitating various birds’ song using nonsensical words and phrases. Being inspired by that, we used Mari’s imitation of skylark as the springboard for our own bird imitation.

Helevalge tuvi (A Dove Flew Over England) – A traditional counting game from Estonia which we set to music. It’s surprisingly topical for 2020-2021!

Select a video by clicking on the pictures below the video player. There are subtitles in English and Estonian for the interview and English subtitles in Helevalge tuvi (A Dove Flew Over England).


A selection of videos from Tallinna Tantsuklubi (Tallinn Dance Club, Estonia), December 2019 and our concert at The Floodgate, UK in June 2019

Live recordings from Genevieve Tudor’s Sunday Folk on BBC Radio Shropshire and Lillie May’s Summer Saturdays on BBC Radio Stoke. These live sessions took place during our first UK tour in June 2019.