Old Tradition 2017

A concert performed by young musicians taking part in the contest “Old Tradition” 2017

TUESDAY 18. 04. 2017, 19.00



Patrycja Zisch (born 1991), native of Upper Silesia, Moravian, student of Anna Stuchła from Bolesław village near Racibórz. She sings folk songs from her native village and 19th century hymns from the Olomouc Archdiocese Hymnal, which used to be sung in her village until the end of World War II.

2. 9 SIYŁ

9 SIYŁ, a nine person band from Podhale. The band takes its name from an alpine flower, silver thistle, whose Polish name dziewięćsił means “nine forces”. The young artists, who are mostly still schoolchildren, follow in the footsteps of their parents and grand-parents, who are recognised musicians, singers and folk artists in the region. Musical artists: Karolina Cachro (1998) vocals, Aleksandra Dziedzina (2001) vocals, Paweł Dziedzina (1999) second fiddle/vocals, Jan Jakubiec (1999) bass/vocals, Martyna Kasprzycka (2000) vocals, Łukasz Kostecki (2004) vocals, Paweł Majerczyk (1999) first fiddle/second fiddle/bagpipes/pipes, Jan Michałczak (1999) first fiddle/second fiddle/złóbcoki (carved fiddle)/vocals, Weronika Waliczek (2000) vocals.

3. Piotr Szczotka

Piotr Szczotka (2002) fiddle/złóbcoki – student of the Golec Brothers Foundation, violinist Marta Matuszna – Wejchenig. In recent years he has also learnt to play bass from Rafał Bałaś. These days he plays first and second fiddle and bass in the Golec Brothers Foundation band in Łodygowice.

4. Kapela FBG z Milówki

The Golec Brothers Foundation band in Milówka – students of Creative Art Centre in Milówka directed by the Golec Brothers Foundation. They learn Żywiec Beskids music from Marta Matuszna – Wejchenig and Rafał Bałaś. Musical artists: Adrianna Wędzel (2001) violin/vocals, Klaudia Legierska (2001) violin/vocals, Maria Sikorska (2000) bass/vocals, Krzysztof Król (2001) violin/vocals.

5. Michał Zawada

Michał Zawada (2002) heligonka harmonica – student of Creative Art Centre in Milówka directed by the Golec Brothers Foundation. He is learning heligonka from Roman Capek. In recent years he has also learnt to play bass from Rafał Bałaś.


Podhalanie – a group of friends who create and preserve traditions and music of Podhale. They have been meeting and playing together for more than ten years. Musical artists: Jacek Mucha (1968) violin/vocals, Paweł Gacek (1983) violin/vocals, Grzegorz Nowak (1979) violin/vocals, Wojciech Nowak (1972) bass/vocals.

7. Tadirindum - foto

Tadirindum – band established in 2015 in Krakow who play traditional dance music from Subcarpathia. Their repertoire includes polkas, sztajers, waltzes, slow dances, cossacks from Władysław Piróg from Słonne, the Sowas band from Piątkowa and Michał Marszałek from Orzechowce. Musical artists: Katarzyna Chodoń (1985) vocals/bereban, Konrad Ozimek (1991) violin, Arkadiusz Szałata (1984) basolia.


Kapela Biskupiańska from Bukownica – the band has been playing together since 2015 at the community centre in Krobia. They learn from masters (Michał Umławski, Krzysztof Polowczyk) and continue bagpipe playing tradition from Biskupizna (Greater Poland) microregion. They play dance tunes at parties, St Catherine’s celebrations, and carnival parties, also Tabor Wielkopolski (The Greater Poland get-together) in Stara Krobia. Musical artists: Adrian Maćkowiak (2001) Great Polish bagpipes and Julia Hampelska (1998) violin.

9. Marcin Lićwinko - Grzegorz Jurguć fot.2

Marcin Lićwinko (1979) folk singer and researcher of musical traditions in Suwałki region and Podlasia. His area of interest is the bordeland of Poland and Black Ruthenia (Grodno voivodship in Belarus near Navahrudak). Marcin is performing with his student Grzegorz Jurguć (2000), whom he has been teaching the characteristic male singing from the land of his forefathers.

Kapela Mateusza Pytkowskiego is a young band playing obereks and mazurkas. It represents Kajocki microregion. They make up for little experience with joy and spontaneity. Musical artists: Mateusz Pytkowski (1996) three-row accordion and Michał Szyszkowski (1999) drums.

11. Pieśni do śmierci

Songs from Death collect and perfom songs from East Mazovia. They have also run field research in the vicinity of Węgrowo i Sokołów Podlaski, focusing on the custom of gathering and singing around the dead. The group is made up by townsfolk fascinated by rural singing tradition. They learn songs directly from village singers or archive records. Musical artists: Anna Jurkiewicz (1989), Julia Biczysko (1984), Marcin Kuliński (1980), Julia Kozera (1983), Martyna Kargul (1966), Michał Pietrusiewicz (1972), Tomasz Osuch (1989).

12. Napięcie

Kapela Napięcie from Łódź, established in 2016, takes most of their repertoire from violinists Andrzej Leszczyński from Michowice (born 1942) and Stanisław Wojciechowski from Rawa Mazowiecka (born 1928). They seek additional material in archive records. Their goal is to learn and faithfully recreate folk music from the Łódź region. Musical artists: Łukasz Nizik (1993) violin, Przemysław Bogusławski (1985) frame drum/bereban, Jakub Owczarek (1984) bass.

13. Męska Grupa Śpiewacza Ryki

Male Singing Group RYKI was established in 2016 by Paweł Warowny. It brings together two generations of men from various villages in the vicinity of Ryki. The singers constantly enrich their repertoire with traditional songs from the area. Musical artists: Paweł Warowny (1980), Waldemar Łubianka (1976), Filip Lewczyk (2000), Jakub Grzelak (2001), Jakub Piątek (2001), Krzysztof Piątek (1999), Jakub Kalbarczyk, Zbigniew Pieńkosz, Andrzej Lewczyk, Krzysztof Pyrka, Sławomir Rutkowski.

Adam Kaiser’s Pipers Band are students of Henryk Skotarczyk, Tomasz Kiciński, Bernard Kasper and Leonard Śliwa. They prolong the tradition of their region (the goat bagpipes region) presenting traditional songs and music. The band is made up of Adam Kaiser (1988) wedding goat bagpipes and Martyna Żurek (1989) violin/mazanki/vocals.


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