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Svjata Vatra - Viking Cossack Folk Rock from Estonia
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11/22/2017 at 10:22:38 AM GMT
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Svjata Vatra - Viking Cossack Folk Rock from Estonia


Viking Cossack Folk Rock from Estonia!


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Category of Folk:Folk / Rock / World music

Location:Estonia (Europe)

Description of Music


 Prepare for a blast of Cossack Viking folk rock by SVJATA VATRA lead by Ruslan Trochynskyi.

 On stage the band evokes a hard to resist ancient pagan rite through bagpipes, jew’s harp, scythe and husky lead vocals, blown into the 21st century by shimmering trombone.

The Ukrainian-Estonian Svjata Vatra ("Holy Fire") play folk music based on traditional songs, nostalgic children’s games and Baltic melodies, with a fresh punk attitude.

Since 2006 they’ve been making people dance and breaking down walls by demonstrating shared roots through music in 19 European countries and Canada.

From performing on Viking ships to Colours of Ostrava, from FelSziget, Positivus, London International Festival of Exploratory Music, to Kaustinen Folk Festival - Svjata Vatra is gaining momentum and ready to bring their fiery folk further.

In light of recent developments in Ukraine SV has increasingly used their art to give a voice to this underreported situation, to advocate for freedom and unity, through educational programs and their own documentary film.

To be the seeds of change literally, SV created a unique recyclable album cover for their latest record ‘Vabadus Svoboda’ (Freedom) in 2015: the handmade paper crafted in a Ukrainian Church in Tallinn, contains seeds of a special yellow and blue flower, representing the Ukrainian flag. Planting the cover and grow freedom around you!

Svjata Vatra's song "Kalyna" was awarded ‘Best folk song in Estonia 2009’. Being an alumni of several showcase festivals incl Budapest Ritmo 2016 (showcase festival from WOMEX partner Hangveto), Tallinn Music Week (6 times) and Eurosonic 2010. They'd definitely get your audience in a festive mood!


Please have a look & listen:

video Letila Zozulia (Fly Cuccoo) : LINK

video Hobusemäng (The Horse Game) : LINK

video about handmade CD cover with seeds:  LINK

all live video - video YOUTUBE: LINK

 more info -


Documentary film

In 2010 Svjata Vatra produced a musical documentary film called “Püha Tuli” (Holy Fire), it portrays the band’s musical expedition to Carpathians, conveys the band’s ambition to integrate art in all aspects of life, and shows their impact on both Estonian and Ukranian folk music and community. 52 min LINK and LINK

screening highlights: Estonian National TV, Worldfilm Festival in Estonia, Globaltica Poland, “Kino Molodost Festival” Kiev Ukraine, “Kino Oktjabr” Helsinki Finland, Estonian Cultural Festival in Paris France.


Workshop and education programs

Svjata Vatra is making a work shops "Estonian-Ukrainian traditional music similarities and differences" by introducing trad. music instruments, songs, dances and customs.

Work shops are for children and adults, special programs for festivals, events and schools. We made ws: Estonia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Finland, Poland, Germany, Canada, Luxemboug.

 Attached Images:

Folk Alliance International, 512 Delaware Street, Kansas City MO 64105 • 816-221-FOLK (3655) •

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