The Gołcunecki

The Gołcunecki

The female vocal ensemble was founded by Maria Siwiec in 2012 in Gałki Rusinowskie, a small village not far from Opoczno in the Mazovia region. All the ladies from Gołcunecki have been singers since childhood and preserve the local mazurka singing tradition. Their repertoire comprises a wide range of folk songs connected with different rites, customs, and religious celebrations. They also perform characteristic local tunes called wyrywasy. They demonstrate extraordinary talents not only in singing and dancing but also papercutting, embroidering, building straw spiders, rolling crêpe paper flowers and cooking pierogi.

Maria Siwiec runs a number of musical workshops and takes part in filmmaking projects. In 2014 she received a grant from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

The Gołcunecki won prestigious awards in vocal competitions, such as the first prize of the XVth Mazovian Folk Pageant during the 55th Kolberg Days in Przysucha in 2014, or the main prize of the 47th National Festival of Folk Bands and Singers in Kazimierz Dolny in 2013. Members of Gołcunecki had also won awards as soloists.

The village of Gałki Rusinowskie attracts many young traditional music aficionados. Before Gołcunecki it had had another award winning folk ensemble called Zakukała Kukułecka, established in 1977 by Franciszka Siwiec.



Maria Siwiec, born in 1959 (manager)

Zofia Bykowska, born in 1943

Jadwiga Dziedzic, born in 1938

Zofia Kucharczyk, born in 1933

Maria Oracz, born in 1946

Maria Pęzik, born in 1943


The Gołcunecki shall perform with young students:

Mariza Nawrocka

Katarzyna Zedel

Agnieszka Niwińska

Katarzyna Rosik

Joanna Strelnik


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