Authentic Bulgarian Folk Songs

 

Svoge and Svidnya are located on the northern border of the polyphonic Shope region. Situated on both banks of the Iskar River, they strive to preserve their unique folk heritage. The singers of the Svoge Group have worked together since 1980, and those from the Svidnya Troika – since 1981. Their age ranges from 64 to 81 years. Many of the singers remember the time when these songs were part of their way of living: ritual songs, songs for harvest time, pastoral, working-bee, horo, at the table songs. For this reason they sound so authentic!
The singers perform in antiphony to present the local polyphonic tradition (both groups alternate). One of the singers (a “whooper”) sings the song, while the rest drag the bourdon voice (“draggers”). The songs are very effective; they also employ trill-like quavers and yelling. Some monophonic songs are also included in the album, but they are not so many. They resemble the polyphonic songs in their ornamentation, melody and rhythmic structure.
The Svoge Group and the Svidnya Troika often participate at different folk festivals and celebrations, TV and radio programmes. During the past few years they have been working with the famous folk singer Snejanka Borissova.
“We know that these songs are ancient and beautiful. But we are the only ones who know this ... There is nobody to sing them now – nobody would set to do this. We feel very sorry about that…” These revelations of the grannies from Svoge and Svidnya speak of the value of this release.

THE GRANNIES FROM SVOGE AND SVIDNYA

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  • Track Listing

    [1] Mori, momchedava 1’30’’

    [2] Gyurgelena kon vodila 1’22’’

    [3] Pushka pukna 2’56’’

    [4] Ni zselo odat lazarki 1’05’’

    [5] Uruglitsa trepere 1’40’’

    [6] Lazarsk ipesni 1’30’’

    [7] Piltsi peyat 1’49’’

    [8] Poshl isa momi 1’04’’

    [9] Bu’a lbu’a 1’29’’

    [10] Gyache yore 3’21’’

    [11] Pil Bogdan 1’31’’

    [12] Deka Yana prominala 1’21’’

    [13] Napred, napred, kumitse 1’12’’

    [14] Zalyulia se zlatna lyulkya 1’17’’

    [15] Dobar vecher, Eleno nevesto 1’05’’

    [16] Dude le, devokyo 1’53’’

    [17] Sede sedenkya 1’43’’

    [18] Na komu sa dremka dreme 1’15’’

    [19] Nagore, nagore 2’07’’

    [20] Rano rani Irina 1’26’’

    [21] Pavlina voda naliva 1’12’’

    [22] Sedi, mome, da sedime 1’09’’

    [23] Mori, Tana boli belo garlo 1’48’’

    [24] Dve nevesti yoro vodat 0’57’’

    [25] Poide Doina 1’25’’

    [26] Site sa momi na sedenkyata 1’38’’

    [27] Pladne doide 2’07’’

    [28] Eh, ti, goro, goro 0’51’’

    [29] Chereshchitse, gorole 1’06’’

    [30] Vetar veye 1’59’’

    [31] Nishna se zlatna yabalka 2’23’’

    [32] Shto sakahme 1’31’’

    [33] Shetna se zlatna yabalka 1’33’’

    [34] Slantse, se, Stano, nadnosi 0’53’’

    [35] Golem se sabor praveshe 1’04’’

    [36] Zvanche mi drunka 1’30’’

    [37] Nasadila baba 1’29’’

    [38] Karai, Rayo 1’34’’

    [39] Ogreyala mesetchina 1’24’’

    [40] Velo le 1’02’’

    DDD 61’33’’

  • Performers

    Svidnya Troika: Vaska Ilkova (77), Ivanka Dinkova (79), Filatka Sokolova (68) Svoge Group: Tsvetanka Panchova (78), Elitsa Simeonova (72), Slavka Angelova (64), Vena Yordanova (65), Tsenka Krasteva (81), Evdokia Velkova (72), Nadejda Nikolova (68), Temenuzhka Kirova (39), Paraskeva Marinkova (64)

    Art Manager: Snejanka Borissova