Events at the festival:
Its members played with equal success at weddings, in rural community centres, as well as in prestigious concert halls in Poland and Europe. They were involved in the organisation of folk dance workshops, and they also toured and published. Their appearance at the Polish Radio New Tradition Festival in 1999 brought them the Grand Prix. A few months later they also won the competition for the Folk Phonogram of the Year with their debut album “Muzykanci” – one of the most important discs in the history of Polish folk. Subsequent years saw the releases which developed both Polish folk music and Lemko, Slovak, Hungarian, and Jewish themes. One of these was the album “A na onej górze...” continuing threads started on the debut album. Another – “Gore gwiazda” – brought traditional pastorales and Christmas carols, while “Musicians and Hradišťan” was a studio and live album recorded in the Czech Republic with the participation of the Moravian group of Jiří Pavlica. As part of the EURORADIO EBU Folk Festival they represented Polish Radio in 2000.
Muzykanci are among the precursors of sound based on acoustic instruments and referring directly to the folk template. That plus a huge stage expression, dynamism, excellent vocal parts – sung in harmonies – still emphasises the originality and attractiveness of the group. Muzykanci are today one of the biggest concert attractions on the folk scene. A journey through time and space: in the footsteps of rural musicians, gypsy caravans, and klezmer bands...
Every concert heralds an artistic event.
Joanna Słowińska - vocals, violin
Jan Słowiński - viola, bass, vocals
Alicja Hałas - drum, gordon
Jacek Hałas - vocals, accordion, hurdy-gurdy
Stanisław Słowiński - violin