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Russian And Northern European Folk

traditional folk songs and dances from Russia, Lithuania and Belarus - for tv, film, documentary, archive

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Gypsy Kalinka
Intoxicating gypsy band version of the popular Russian song by Ivan Larionov. Accelerates to dizzying speed with fiery fiddle and balalaika.

Longing In Russia
Slow, sad instrumental Russian ballad with accordion, upright bass, balalaika and violin. Beautiful and highly emotional.

Russian Boots
Instrumental arrangement of traditional Russian folk song played on dombra (2-stringed lute) and accordion.

When The Woodpecker Knocks
Acapella mixed choir sing traditional Lithuanian folk song about a woodpecker pecking at the door of a house where daughters are unmarried. Often sung at Christmas.

The Linden Tree
Traditional Lithuanian 'Sutartines' (multipart pagan song), with 3 acapella female voices. Popularly performed at weddings.

The Sun Goes Around
Lithuanian folk song about pagan sun-worship, with female vocal over bagpipes and drum.

You Willow Tree
Upbeat Lithuanian pagan folk-song celebrating nature. Female vocals over bagpipes, violin, flute and drum.

Where Will We Ride?
Traditional Lithuanian choir with simple drum. Young men head to war wistfully thinking of nature and family.

Walking In The Garden
Lithuanian folk song about a daughter who is sad leaving her family to be married. With kankles (zither) and female vocal.

The Oak Tree
Lithuanian folk song with female vocal, zither and percussion. Tells of son who goes to war and dies in battle. His spirit returns home to live in oak tree.

Belarus Party Song
Popular Belarusian drinking song. Accordion-led, folk band with merry male and female vocals. Version with party fx.

Crop Song
Belarusian sing-a-long working song, traditionally performed by farmers and their hands in the fields with bagpipes and male vocal. (with Christian references).

Rustling Birch Trees
Traditional Belarusian folk-ballad expressing longing for the homeland. Male and female vocals over acoustic guitar.

My Father's Homeland
Nostalgic Lithuanian song remembering family, homeland and youth. With female vocal over strummed kankles (zither), bagpipe drone and drum.