Welcome to zither player Sander Karu (Kandlemees Sander) & Estonian folk music group Simmaniduo's page online!

The current page enables you to find out more about the famous Estonian folk musicians, zither player Sander Karu (Kandlemees Sander) and zither group (ensemble) Simmaniduo (founded in 1983) a.

Simmaniduo and Kandlemees Sander presents original and popular songs & folk music coming from different regions of Estonia and abroad. Using Estonian national instrument  - the zither (the table-harp) - gives Simmaniduo´s music a special colouring which is rather original in nowadays music.

The  zither (the table-harp, gusli, kantele, kokle, kanklės, citars) is Estonian national instrument (folk instrument). Kandlemees Sander ja Simmaniduo are using electric zither, which have 55 strings and produced in Tallinn Piano Factory (Tallinna Klaverivabrikus) at the 80s of last century. They are using accoustic and electric zithre.

7 exellent possibilities:

1. Invite us to perform or write to us simmaniduo@gmail.com
2. Look at the playlist and demosongs and Sing Karaoke with us 
3. Buy CD (CD), vinyl, songbook and souvenirs 
4. Look at the and print out or copy FREE Sheet music and lyrics by Sander Karu 
5. Print or copy yourself our songbooks
6. Buy Estonian Kannel (zither)
7. Learn to play Estonia Zither (Free videos)

Sander Karu is an Estonian folk musician, a zitherist (the zither is a 55-string folk music instrument, which allows to play the melody while accompanying it with chords, est kannel, rahvakannel), a song-writer, and the founding member of a folk music group „Simmaniduo".
Sander Karu's music, the songs as well as his instrumental pieces, attract the listeners to dance and sing along. His broad repertoire ranges from traditional to contemporary folk music.
Sander Karu has contributed to the Estonian contemporary folk music heritage with numerous songs: "Valga, Valgamaa", "Heade mõtete linn, Tartu", "Trilleri polka", "Elva männid“, "Ja siis tõusis aktsiis“, "Kärna-Ärni", "Uks lahti tee", "Merimehe armastus", "Kandlemees Sander tervitab“, „Simmaniduo alustab“ and others.
A number of Sander Karu´s zither melodies have been recorded by the Estonian Public Broadcasting. 
Sander Karu's well-known songs are a good example of Estonian contemporary folk music.


Sheet music and lyrics by Sander Karu 
 songs notes and texts

or buy online 

Simmaniduo and Kandlemees Sander songbook in e-pub format "43 songs for birthdays, weddings and other celebrations"


Best buy to You and to Your friends - Simmaniduo´s and kannel-player (zitherist) Sander Karu`s CD-s and vinyl record (LP) and souvenirs! 
  • NEW vinyl record (LP) in May 2017! Kandlemees Sander "Kandlemuusika ja rahvalikud laulud simmanile" Price 19,99 € *  track listing    Video here  .   See more information
  • NEW album in June 2016! Kandlemees Sander "Kandlemuusika kogu perele" Special price 9,99€* track listing  Video here     See more information
  • CD 2014: Kandlemees Sander CD "1 kannel ja rahvalikud laulud" (2014). Special price 9,99€*  track listing . Video here
  • CD "Tule simmanile" (2011) special price: 9,99 €
  • Track listing here , video here
  • CD "Kandlemees Sander Karu kandlelood" (2011) special price 9,99 €. track listing here demo  video here
*Delivery expenses outside Estonia are added (approx 4,8 )

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Kandlemees Sander - Heade mõtete linn, Tartu (music and words Sander Karu). Tartu is European Capital of Culture 2024

"Kandlemees Sander - Elva männid" (music and words Sander Karu, 2016) (song of Sander*s birth town Elva) 

NEW vinyl record (LP) in May 2017! Kandlemees Sander "Kandlemuusika ja rahvalikud laulud simmanile" See more information

NEW album in June 2016! Kandlemees Sander "Kandlemuusika kogu perele". See more information

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Simmaniduo - estonian folk music group 

During the 30 years Simmaniduo has played its own creation and also original Estonian and international folk music. Its creation combines the sound of Estonian folk music instrument zither (est kannel) with contemporary sound. Simmaniduo performes at both public events as well as weddings and birthday parties. Members of Simmaniduo have presented its music outside Estonia in Finland, Sweden, Germany and Vietnam

Band members:
Sander Karu - Estonian zither (Estonia rahvakannel), vocal, rythm machine
Märt Toom - bass, vocal