Ruut at the Viljandi Folk Festival
Kathryn Tickell with the band Ruut recorded at the Viljandi Folk Festival in Estonia, plus a Road Trip to Tanzania.
Kathryn Tickell with the Estonian folk band Ruut recorded at the Viljandi Folk Festival in Estonia.
Named after a local wetland bird and with album titles that mean 'Picking Strawberries' and 'Junipers' Ruut are a band deeply in touch with their environment and Estonian heritage - "We have to take care of the nature and the birds" they say "otherwise they will not exist anymore. It is the same thing with traditional music."
We feature highlights from their concert at the Viljandi Folk Festival, a quiet village that once a year becomes the centre of Estonian roots music.
We've a Road Trip to Tanzania, Bill Odidi introduces us to the roots of Tanzanian music from the slopes of the great Mount Kilimanjaro to traditional songs of Zanzibar.
And Kathryn's Classic Artist is the Godfather of World Music - sitar player Ravi Shankhar