Recordings from the Estonian Folklore Archives 3

Kristjan Joakit

Kristjan Joakit and Otto Hiiop at a recording session in Tallinn in 1937. Photo by P. Parikas. ERA, Foto 770.

Violinist from Urvaste Parish, Kristjan Joakit (1863–1942) was born in the community of Vana-Antsla and lived in the town of Antsla. Kristjan had made his first violin as a herder boy. Later he could still play the herder’s horn and the buckhorn. Kristjan had been a farmer but after he moved to town he became a cobbler. In 1937 the National Radio recorded Kristjan Joakit playing with another violinist from Urvaste Parish, Otto Hiiop.