By a picture from the Kaustinen Festival in Finland I have discovered the band Curly Strings.
Curly Strings are
- Eeva Talsi – fiddle
- Villu Talsi – mandolin
- Jalmar Vabarna – guitar
- Taavet Niller – double bass
This band is very popular in Estonia, and their song Kauges Külas is one of the songs that were the No. 1 in the Estonian iTunes charts.
The style of Curly Strings combines elements of bluegrass and folk, including the harmony-singing and virtuoso solos on fiddle, mandolin or guitar. Some songs sound like traditional folk songs from Estonia, others are typical bluegrass tunes – the music of Curly Strings creates a happy mood and brings the listeners to dance and sing with the music.
Playlist Curly Strings
I have compiled the best Curly Strings videos in my playlist
Villu Talsi does also play in a trio with accordion player Tuulikki Bartosik and the Swedish fiddler Jonas Hjalmarsson:
Me and Villu also play in trio with Swedish fiddler Jonas Hjalmarsson. You can hear us enjoying traditional Swedish music mostly from Dalarna, our own music and all kind of traditional tunes from Estonia. We do concerts, workshops in Swedish and Estonian traditional music and play to dance.
Tuulikki Bartosik – free bass accordion
Villu Talsi – mandolin
Jonas Hjalmarsson – fiddle
Eeva und Villu Talsi are playing two matching instruments made by Campanella Stringed Instruments:
Eeva and Villu Talsi, fiddle and mandolin, and a married couple, came to me several years ago and asked me to build them matched instruments. I delivered the fiddle and mandolin approximately one year ago, and have been extremely impressed with the material that they are producing.
In the youtube channel of the guitar player Jalmar Vabarna you can find some older videos with Villu Talsi