maarja nuut

Maarja Nuut is an utterly unique folk singer and fiddle player from Northern Estonia.  She tells traditional Baltic songs and stories using live electronics, voice, strings and looped fiddle which is reviewed here on Louder Than War.

Her minimalism and experimental music meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe. She accompanies her intricate layered soundscapes with the most beautiful song and spellbinding dance that bewitches and engages her audience.


Nuut’s second album Une Meeles , released last summer, explores the boundary between reality and dreams and was named one of last year’s top 10 albums of 2016 by fRoots, picked by Songlines for their Top of the World accolade, earned 4*reviews in the Guardian and Independent alongside a plethora of reviews amongst the hipster media.


For her London show only,  Nuut collaborates with electronic music composer, Hendrik Kaljujärv.  In his native Estonia, Kaljujärv creates sound for a variety of formats including art installations and drama productions.  Together, they produce a blend of “folk, their boundary-pushing loops and primeval forest chill to enticingly mysterious effect.”  (Mojo)


On Tour:

12 May CARDIFF                   Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

13 May LEEDS                       Grand Theatre / Howard Assembly Room

15 May NORWICH                Playhouse

16 May LONDON                  Rich Mix, as part of Serious Space

19 May SOUTHAMPTON     Turner Sims

20 May BRISTOL                   Colston Hall / The Lantern

21 May MORECAMBE          More Music


Support (in London) comes from Archivist. Following on from the critically acclaimed self-titled debut EP, which saw support from Noisey, Dummy, The 405, Q Magazine, Radio 1, Radio 6 and more 2017’s Memo Ep marks a strong return for songwriter Ed Begley aka Archivist.  He yields a sound with huge pop sensibilities and a definitively British experimental sound that has ethereal, independent flare – with powerful glistening synths, intricate drums, evocative falsetto vocals and heavy grooves.

Listen to Maarja Nuut                                          

Watch Maarja Nuut feat Hendrik Kaljujärv 

Watch Video,  ‘Hobusemäng’                           

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