Jarek Adamów - śpiew, akordeon, bęben basowy
Jadwiga Palonka - śpiew
Stanisława Dutka - śpiew
Irena Remiszewska - śpiew
Władysław Kuczyński - cymbały, śpiew
Tradycyjne pieśni w tradycyjnym i autorskim opracowaniu, z powiatu hrubieszowskiego i ziemi wołyńskiej, bezmiernej i majestatycznej.
An interesting collaboration between instrumentalist and singer Adamów and four traditional singers. The production's very heavy-handed at times, but the material and presentation is never less than fascinating. There's a real sense of adventure here, as well as collecting songs that might otherwise be lost. Recorded live near the border of Poland and Ukraine, this is a fabulous document&183;--Chris Nickson
Roots issue 287, 2007.........
Young Polish revival traditional musician Jarek Adamów, whose solo second album was reviewed in fR 252, here combines his singing, melodeon, foot-stamping and bass drum with the voices of four elderly surviving members, one male and three female, of 1980-founded village music group Sami Swoi from the Polish-Ukrainian border. They’re not virtuoso singers, but Adamów says he wanted to make something a little like the archive recordings he loves. He points out that today’s listeners might find some of the subject matter strange, but says “I just tried to catch the moment in time which was about 70 years ago, and be as authentic as possible”. Whatever the disputes one might have with the concept and possibility of ‘authenticity’, he has certainly made an album which is more varied and enjoyable than simply recording these singers as is, with no musical input from him; the result is uncondescending, non-flashy and appealing in its warmth, and it brings out the melodic variety and interest of the songs. The release, on his own label, the first of what he plans as a series, has just a simple single-fold booklet; financial resources are probably tight, but an expansion would have been welcome, to include more information about the songs, and also about these four people - photographed for the cover in traditiona....... więcej