International Festival of Instrumental Folk Music


September 10 - 14, 2014





The festival









2000   2004
2006   2008

2010   2012

  In this year, we are waiting for performers from Hungary, United Kingdom, Poland, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Istvánfi Balázs and Németh András duo  – Hungary

  Istvánfi Balázs and Németh András met four years ago when studying at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest where they are now working as teachers. Their duo started playing in 2010. They stand out from the others as these masters of bagpipe and hurdy-gurdy are playing the specific own invented music style which is based on Hungarian musical tradition. Duo plays own compositions as well as the arrangements of historical pieces.

  Wild Troupe -
United Kingdom

  Wild Troupe was formed in 2011 in Bristol. The playing and singing trio comprises of Alan Kennedy (guitar, harmonica & mandolin), Aoife Sullivan (flute, whistle, clarinet, accordion & ukulele) and Georgie Asser (accordion, keyboard & percussion). Musicians play an upbeat, foot-stomping Irish melodies, contemporary covers and original songs. Although they are not professionals, they successfully teach Irish dancing, and are already known abroad.

  Ales Los trio -

  Ales Los
is a Belarusian folk researcher, performer, graphic artist and a craftsman of music instruments. He helped to restore several important traditional Belarusian instruments such as bagpipe, harp and bass. The band has been established in 1995. A group then decided to be a part of the recording and studies of an authentic instrumental Belarusian folk music. The band which is still the only one in Belarus still playing the folk instruments in traditional manner comprises of three members: fiddle teacher Alona Meleshko, bard and director Olesya Sivochina, and the founder Ales Los.

  Kapela Bornego z Podzamcza  (The Borny Ensemble from Podzamcze) - Poland

The Ensemble was created in the spring of 2012. Its core repertoire features traditional dance music, but the musicians also perform folk lyrical songs. Their signature instruments include: fiddle, suka biłgorajska, bass, frame drum. What interests the Ensemble the most is traditional music from the Roztocze region. Their repertoire draws on the folk masters of the genre. Also, what interests the Ensemble is the human touch – first-hand encounters with fellow musicians and dancers. Partial to Podzamcze – the grounds adjacent to the Lublin Castle, they are fascinated by close interaction with audiences and with the raw sound of music. For that reason, they can be frequently heard at urban and rural dance parties all over the Lublin region.

Mateusz Borny – suka (folk vertical fiddle)
Piotr Deptuła – fiddle
Bartosz Gajdzik – frame drum
Robert Miedziocha - bass

  Karmen Juhkam, Karolin Härm, Leanne Barbo -

  This trio of kannel players is from North-Estonia. Two of them are the students of the most honorable guest of „Griežynė” Leanne Barbo. Girls perform both together and separately, they also are interested in different instruments. You will hear them playing not only kannel but also a bagpipe, buckhorn, singing some traditional songs.

Asnate Rancāne, Aurēlija Rancāne, Ēriks Zeps - Latvia

Although all three members of this trio have different musical backgrounds, their taste of music is greatly influenced by a traditional Eastern Latvian folk music. They mostly enjoy playing and singing the energetic Latgalian region songs.

  Harmonica players` duo - Vytas Rimkus ir Dainius Maslauskas -  Lithuania

Harmonica players` duo started playing together one and a half year ago when encouraged by their teacher and inspirer, one of the best harmonica players` Algimantas Mieliauskas. Moreover, both love playing, „petersburgian“ harmonica. Soon enough they had a debut performance in the festival “Pamituvio armonika 2013”. Later in the fall they became laureates in republican harmonica player duo competition.
  Dainius Maslauskas
– a young harmonica player, laureate of different competitions.
  Vytautas Rimkus – an older harmonica player, a musician since he was 5 years old. Not only a master of playing but also of the instruments themselves – he has raised a number of harmonicas for the second life.

  Folklore group "Ritingo" - Lithuania

  Cozy and exquisite musical harmonies, gentle guitar sounds and a folklore treasure spread through the calm vocals, a never ending thread between the modern and folk music – it is only a part of what can be felt when listening to the performances of the ensemble from Mykolas Romeris university „Ritingo“. For a number of years the creative pieces written by the leader of ensemble Arvydas Kirda and a member of ensemble Marius Kačiulis are being loved and memorized not only by the members of „Ritingo“ but also by those who have listened to them. The ensemble hopes that their performance in this festival will be unforgettable, and will allow to experience an even stronger and more intense harmony and coherence between the old folk treasure - folklore and folk - and the modern world music.


© 2014

D. Lingė