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SVJATA VATRA / Igaunija/ Ukraina

Prepare for a blast of Cossack Viking folk rock by SVJATA VATRA lead by Ruslan Trochynskyi.

On stage the band evokes a hard to resist ancient pagan rite through bagpipes, jew’s harp, scythe and husky lead vocals, blown into the 21st century by shimmering trombone.

The Ukrainian-Estonian Svjata Vatra ("Holy Fire") play folk music based on traditional songs, nostalgic children’s games and Baltic melodies, with a fresh punk attitude.

Since 2006 they’ve been making people dance and breaking down walls by demonstrating shared roots through music in 16 European countries and recently even in Canada.

From performing on Viking ships to Colours of Ostrava, from FelSziget, Positivus, London International Festival of Exploratory Music, to Kaustinen Folk Festival - Svjata Vatra is gaining momentum and ready to bring their fiery folk further.

In light of recent developments in Ukraine SV has increasingly used their art to give a voice to this underreported situation, to advocate for freedom and unity, through educational programs and their own documentary film.

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