Singer, guitar player and songwriter Tanel Padar is undoubtedly the most notorious figure in the Estonian music scene.
Tanel has won more than 20 music awards, 8 Golden Records, nominated twice for MTV Awards, and has participated in almost every noteworthy Estonian music project over the past 15 years.
In 2001 he won the Eurovision Song Contest together with Dave Benton.
In 2016 he was awarded 2 Gold Records and decorated with the Order of the White Star by the Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
Tanel Padar Blues Band was born in 2012 as a one-time old-friends-project, but soon evolved into a steady band.
In homeland the band enjoys a fame of all times dream team. The band’s keyboard player Ülo Krigul is one of the most recognized young classical composers of Estonia, guitar player Raul Ukareda is the most acclaimed blues guitarists of the country and organizer of the international blues festival Augustibluus, bass player Argo Toomel is Estonia’s most sought-after roots bass player, and drummer Petteri Hasa is an acclaimed Finnish jazz multi-instrumentalist and big band leader. In some occasions on drums Michael Miley from Rival Sons.
Tanel Padar Blues Band is a frequent headliner of domestic festivals and touring extensively throughout Europe.