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Musicport Festival 2019 Announces Day Tickets on Sale & New Additions to Line-up

World music and folk event Musicport Festival has released Tier 3 and day tickets together with new additions to the line-up: comedian John Hegley, Manic Chord Theatre, Jo Freya, Annie Whitehead & Jennifer Maidman and Talaro (Gambia /Czech Republic). The festival will take place at Whitby Pavilion in Whitby, UK, October 18th-20th, 2019 (Plus On Tour to villages October 21st -25th).

Friday Night

Misty in Roots; LO’JO; Warsaw Village Band; Jasdeep Singh Degun; Peace Artistes: Talaro; Mambo Jambo; Napoleon IIIrd; Manic Chord Theatre.

Saturday full day

Orchestra les Mangalepa; Catrin Finch and Sekou Keita; Lemn Sissay; Banco de Gaia; Amira Medunjanin; Reem Kelani; Orchestra that Fell to Earth; Sarah Jane Morris; Jim Moray Trio; Varldens Band; The Lake Poets; Riccardo Tesi; Martin Stephenson; John Hegley; Anne Niepold; Reg Meuross/Twelve Silk Handkerchiefs; The Hut People; Katie Spencer; Jo Freya Annie Whitehead & Jennifer Maidman; Jay Johnson.

Sunday full day

Aziza Brahim; Peatbog Faeries; Moussu T et Lei Jovents; Belinda 0’Hooley; Holy Moly and the Crackers; The Little Unsaid; Me and My Friends; Rafiki Jazz; Commoners Choir; Harry Gallagher; Rebecca Riley; Joe Solo; Joshua Burnell; Don’t Feed the Peacocks; Rosie Brown; Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage: The Far Side.

Plans are being made to involve 20 schools in workshops and events in the lead up to the event and the village tour is beginning to take shape with 8 concerts in villages surrounding Whitby with acts including Andy Irvine (Eire), Poor Nameless Boy (Canada) and Moussu T E Lei Jovents (France) performing in small venues on a pay what you feel basis for local residents.

More details at www.musicportfestival.com

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Artist Profiles: Warsaw Village Band

Warsaw Village Band

The Warsaw Village Band (Kapeli ze Wsi Warszawa in Polish) emerged in 1997 and simultaneously conserves traditional music and experiments with modern instrumentation and subject matter. The musicians have created a genre of music they call ‘hardcore folk’; thanks to the groundbreaking, yet traditional singing style or ‘bio-techno’; thanks to electronic remixes featured on the group’s People’s Spring CD. The fresh approach earned them international recognition with a nomination in the newcomer category of the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards in 2003.

On their countryside journeys, the band keeps their material fresh using the same means as classical ethnographic research; documenting dying traditions with live recordings of various Polish folk festivities and village celebrations. Their lineup includes the suka, a Polish fiddle from the 16th century that is only known from historical drawings and whose strings are played with the player’s fingernails rather than the usual fingertips. The suka is joined by an hundred-year-old Polish dulcimer and the hurdy-gurdy, a unique instrument that sounds similar to the bagpipe, thanks to a drone that is played by a cranked wooden wheel rubbing against the strings of the instrument.

The Warsaw Village Band’s lyrics address social and political concerns, in part, due to the music’s close ties with punk circles. “Who is Getting Married” takes a feminist stance on her assumed marriage. It is about a young girl in the countryside that refuses marriage in order to sing, dance, and be free rather than being dependent on someone. “Crane” is a protest song of defiance advising the country’s youth to “be nobody’s servant.”

The music and research of the Warsaw Village Band has inspired many in their home country. Their performance at the Pastoral Celebration in the mountainous region of Orava opened doors to the sound of the Mazovia Province. Although the music of the Polish plains was largely unknown to this audience, the band was welcomed with warm admiration and was honored with the distinction of being the first lowlanders ever to perform at a “highlanders only” party.

The sheep-herding mountaineers of Poland used a style of singing called “bialy glos” or “white voice”; a type of powerful, melodic screaming used to communicate across long distances. The Warsaw Village Band revives this musical style on their CD People’s Spring. The band travels Poland’s countryside in search of the old people who recall the traditional folk music of their regions.

Discography

Hop Sa Sa (Kamahuk, 1998)
Wiosna Ludu – People’s Spring (Orange World Records, 2001)
Wykorzenienie – Uprooting (Metal Mind Records, 2004)
Upmixing (Jaro Medien, 2007)
Infinity (Jaro Medien, 2008)
Nord (Karrot Kommando, 2012)
Mazovian re:action – Re:akcja Mazowiecka (Karrot Kommando, 2017)
Sun Celebration (Jaro Medien, 2017)

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