Warsaw Village Band

Warsaw Village Band

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Warsaw Village Band, the Polish Rolling Stones, as they are called by the international press – are collecting inspirations and experiences of the past years to ask the global audience questions – Who are we? Where do we come from? and, most important of all, What we are going to leave behind ?

Biography

“WVB blows a wind of change into the Polish folk scene
For Western Europeans, Poland remains an unknown neighbour, even if the country already has one foot in the door of the European Union. And despite the fact that the Polish folk scene is presently bursting with vitality. The Warsaw Village Band (WVB) is one of the most outstanding groups to come out of Poland in the past few years. Folk music is undergoing a kind of renaissance in Poland, and has become extremely fashionable.
Old persons who still play the traditional Polish instruments were a major inspiration for the musicians of the Warsaw Village Band (WVB). It was with the help of those people that most of the band members learned to play the old instruments auto-didactically. ‘We travelled from village to village, seeking out the old people; we listened to their music and their stories. What surprised us most was that no one else in the villages is interested in this music anymore. These are old people, and when they die, the music will die with them.’ It is entirely thanks to these old people that the band musicians know how to play the instruments in the traditional way.
Having received outstanding reviews all over Europe, the Warsaw Village Band CD "People's Spring" first CD then their release of the new product "Uprooting" recieved even better coments. It was licensed to Us, Canada, Spain, Uk, Japan, Poland .Hardly surprising: The band is being celebrated as one of the discoveries of the music scene. In early 2004, they were presented with the BBC WORLD MUSIC AWARD in Edinburgh ! The year 2004 + 2005 they continued with concert tours in the U.S. and Canada and engagements in France, Algeria, Italy, Ireland, England, Benelux, Portugal and Taiwan.

Uprooting best position in the pop world was no 6 on national pop charts in Poland, their music had been used for video games as mysth, and several video game music and film music is in the pipeline. The band toured 2006 important festivals as WOMAD and others. Following a one-year “maternity/paternity leave”, Warsaw Village Band is returning to the world of CDs and concert stages with two new albums. The first to appear will be the remix CD »Upmixing«. In
response to countless requests from the world’s DJs, this CD was produced with the consent of the musicians. The band’s only condition was that it should be a Reggae remix album on the basis of their last studio CD »Uprooting« Album No 2 is INFINITY: "Warsaw Village Band" – the Polish Rolling Stones, as they are called by the international press – are collecting inspirations and experiences of the past years to ask the global audience questions – Who are we? Where do we come from? and, most important of all, What we are going to leave behind when we go? INFINITY is the philosophical journey around the map of the modern world, where music becomes the beginning of the way, the challenge and the question put to people of different nations, cultures and languages – from New York to Kingston, Paris to Moscow, Beijing to Tokyo.

REVIEWS:
"The Warsaw Village Band adds medieval sounds and a pinch of Apocalyptica to folklore!Violins sing, a cello is played by brute force, drums resound into the farthest corners."
Nordwest-Zeitung Oldenburg,

Lyrics

To you Kasiunia

Written By: Warsaw Village Band


To you Kasiuna
We are going to you
On the forget cart we are bringing you
the shoe
The golden shoe
Open the gate Kasia
We will give it to you
 
To you Kasiunia
We are going to you
On the forget cart we are bringing you
the dress
The golden dress
Open the gate Kasia
We will give it to you
 
To you Kasiunia
We are going to you
On the forget cart we are bringing you
the chaplets
The golden chaplets
Open the gate Kasia
We will give it to you

To you Kasiunia
We are going to you
On the forget cart we are bringing you
Johny
The golden Johny
Open the gate Kasia
We will give it to you

Cranes

Written By: Warsaw Village Band


Oh, there were flying the cranes
They sat, fell on the plough land
The plough land is better earliest
Than later
Because earlier there is groving wheat
Later there is only the weed
Beter is the first wife
Than another even pretty one
He had children with the first one
With the second he expelled them
“Go away children and be servants
At my place there is no more place for you”
Children went jumping
I went after them with the tears
I went to the bar
I drunk some vodka
Old publican was surprised that
farmer was drinking so much
When he drunk a lot
He started to cry, and remembering his field
He started to going back home
Took his children back home
Go home children and be nobody’s servants
Go home children and be nobody’s servants
Go home children and be nobody’s servants
Go home children and be nobody’s servants

3. In the forest
In the forrest
There is a crancerry tree
Kate and Johny
Liked each other
Johny went hunting
And he left beaty Kate
Kate was sleeping but if not
She would kiss him for goodbye

-Oh Kate, you are my wife
Get drink my horse, my chesnut horse
Horse is drinking, kicking hoofs
Go away Kate , he will kill you
-Let him kill me, let him beat me
I don’t let my Johny to live with another woman

Your horse is a real frivolus
He ate up whole wheet and parsnip
-My horse didn’t do that
I slaved it down
Remember Kate what I was asking for
I was asking for the ring
And you got pregnant

Discography

CD: Hopsasa JARO 4265-2
Peoples spring JARO 4247-2
UPROOTING JARO 4261-2
NEW “Upmixing” JARO 4286-2 (July 08)
“Infinity JARO 4289-2 ( November 08)

Set List

We play songs from Polish roots with modern arrngements. Around 20 songs per concerts, never cover versions. The music we play is original, noone in the world is doing similar project.