Performers of the 2020 year festival:

„Paazerje“ - Belarus

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The famous folk ensemble „Paazerje“ started their activities at Pastavy Anatoly Tyzenhauz School of Arts in 1991. It is believed that Pastavy is the only city in Belarus where the diatonic antique cymbals are still played at. The subtleties of this instrument can be learnt either in the school of arts or by joining the ensemble – the largest part of their instrumental music repertoire is dedicated to diatonic cymbals. The band also plays polkas, waltzes, krakowiaks and many other tunes.

The members of this instrumental trio are AnatolijSobol (harmonica), Vanda Mackevich (cymbals) and Lyudmila Yanukovich (fiddle). The musicians are often performing not only in Belarus, but have also visited Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Moldova, Russia and other countries. They also became the laureates of many national and international competitions and festivals.

„Kolisnija“ - Belarus

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"Koliśnija" is a Belarusian folk band. The idea of forming a band and its name came up in 2015. The repertoire includes mostly traditional folk dances, being inspired by the legacy of old rustic musicians. We're not trying to turn time back or to create a romantic image of the past. But we do believe that the old-time music culture is still essential and in high demand. So as far as possible we introduce its elements into the current environment.

Band members: Dzianis Sukhi: fiddle, bagpipe Siarhei Chubryk: hammered dulcimer, bagpipe Stanislau Chavus: fiddle Ihar Zhaltkou: drums


Andris Kapusts and Friends - Latvia

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This year, after a few years of break, Andris Kapusts, called a great Latvian folklore master, once known as the "Griezynė mascot", comes back to the festival with the mysteriously named band "Andris Kapusts and Friends". Andris Kapusts has been active in traditional culture for over 35 years and is the founder and leader of several folklore groups. He plays many different Latvian folk instruments - kokle, whistle, bagpipe, accordion. Andris gained skills of playing in folk manner from folk musicians. In addition to singing and music, he organizes and hosts annual festivals, folklore festivals, training seminars, and lectures. Andris has performed at folklore festivals in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, France, Finland, Russia, Japan, USA and elsewhere. He also participated in various "Griezynė" festivals throughout the years. Andris Kapusts will play with three other Latvian musicians this year at Griezynė and perform Latvian folk music of different periods and styles.

Juhan Uppin - Estonia

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Juhan Uppin is a versatile Estonian diatonic accordion and kannel player whose music is deeply rooted in tradition. He began his kannel studies in 1992 and started to play the Estonian diatonic accordion on his own in 1999. Uppin earned his Master’s degree in music in 2015 after researching the playing style of Karl Kikas, the most influential Estonian diatonic accordion player in the tradition, and is now continuing the research as part of his doctoral studies, describing how the traditional playing style has developed in the 20th century.
Uppin has released five solo albums and is also a member in two ensembles. He teaches the Estonian diatonic accordion and traditional music in different institutions and has been the artistic leader of folk music in Estonian Song and Dance Celebrations three times. Since 2018 Uppin has been the first and till now the only owner of the title of the Traditional Musician of the Republic (Vabariigi Pillimees).


Tuule Kann - Estonia

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Tuule Kann is musician and kannel teacher. She studied the chromatic kannel in Tallinn Georg Ots Music College (teacher Els Roode), later in Lithuanian Music Academy (teacher Regina Tamošaitienė). Tuule has step-by-step self-educated herself in traditional kannel playing taking the other Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Russian kannel-players as example. In her performance Tuule will introduce the Estonian kannel and its different playing styles on an archaic 10-string instrument and a diatonic village kannel.

Alice Burn Robinson - England

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Alisa Robinson comes from the North East of England, Northumberland, and has played the Northumbrian Smallpipes for 20 years. She attended music school in Scotland for eight years and, during this time, she was a part of Kathryn Tickell’s youth group ‘Folkestra’ and was taught pipes by Dr. Anthony Robb. In 2009, she was a finalist in BBC Radio2’s Young Folk Musician of the Year. Since then, she has been broadcast on radio, including live on BBC Radio3, and has performed as a soloist with the Royal Northern Sinfonia Quartet and the Scottish Youth Orchestra. She has recorded a few albums with the Windy Gyle Band, with whom she has enjoyed playing at folk festivals (she particularly loved being at the 2014 Strakonice Bagpipe Festival in the Czech Republic). Alice is passionate about musical academia too; she has a 1st class degree from York University and a Masters from Durham University, where she is currently studying for her PhD. In the last year, Alice has played with the St-Martin-in-the-Fields choir, recorded two tracks on Jack Rutter’s critically acclaimed new album, and performed in a composition by René Aubryfor BBC One. Her set of pipes were made by David Burleighand she often plays a chanter which was made by Colin Ross.

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Elio Eco and Rosalba Baldinelli - Italy

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Elio Eco and Rosalba Baldinelli are partners in life and music. Both born in Naples, they have now been living in Pisa for over 20 years. Their story together began in the early 80s, when they joined two of the most popular Neapolitan folk bands of the time: Sciuontirà and Tupeapò.
Elio is a seasoned performer of traditional Neapolitan music. He’s a singer and he plays the guitar and the tammorra (a typical Neapolitan frame drum). With his voice and his instruments, he carries on the tradition by giving life to typical folk dances, such as Tarantella, Villanella and Tammurriata.
Rosalba, on the other hand, is a professional Neapolitan folk dancer. She also performs as an actress in Neapolitan theatre plays. More information about Elio and his music career with Rosalbacan be found on www.elioeco.net

Mario Di Pasquale - Italy

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Mario Di Pasquale has been playing music of various genres for years. In recent years he has mainly performed the Italian folk music. He plays classical guitar and sings, and also writes songs. He participated in several folk music festivals.

Baruch Friedman – Sazbush and Volodia Levitan Kadosh - Israel

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World music duo from Israel Baruch Friedman – Sazbush, vocal and Volodia Levitan Kadosh - Cretan lyra, vocal. They already had been in Lithuania and played with our musicians.

Ethno music band “Ratilai” - Lithuania

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 The band was founded in Vilnius in 1996 by students who became professionals. As ethno music is not a stage music, youthful energy and good mood of musicians involves the audience to dance, sing, play Lithuanian folk games.
In 1996 “Ratilai” released the CD “20”.
Concerts of “Ratilai” take place not only in Lithuania, but all around the world.
The main goal of the band is to retain and continue Lithuanian countryside music tradition.