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Chodsko Folk Festival 2014 / Foreign groups

Foreign groups


Initially founded in 2001, Miskolc-based Agyagbanda [ɒɟɒɡbɒndɒ] has been performing in the current formation for four years. All members started playing publicly at the Csángó [ʧaːŋoː] folk dance evenings, regularly held in Miskolc, Hungary since 1993.

From the outset, the band’s dedication has been primarily to preserving and maintaining the heritage of the Moldavian Csángós’ instrumental and vocal music, dances and folk traditions.

The Moldavian Csángó people live east of the easternmost range of the Carpathian Mountains in today’s Romania, their vocal music representing one of the oldest dialects of Hungarian folk music.

While in the beginning the band focussed their efforts on mastering how to play this music in its original form, they never lost sight of the modern world they live in. They continue to readily make excursions into other genres to please today’s demanding audiences – sometimes even using a completely different instrumentation.

In addition to giving concerts, Agyagbanda regularly accompany folk dance evenings, teach folk songs and give tutorials on traditional folk instruments, such as flutes, the kaval, the violin, the kobsa and the double-sided drum.

With a qualified dance teacher ‘on the staff’, Agyagbanda always guarantee a great atmosphere at any function or event with an audience willing to learn and ready to dance.

Csaba Barsi – drum, vocals and dance teacher
Arnold Tóth – flute, kaval and vocals
Ádám Fáy – violin and saxophone
Tamás Labant – kobsa and guitar


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Escada (Armenia)



Dance theatre of Gyumri work since 1995 and it took part in many competitions and festivals in Armenia, Turkey, Poland, Russia. It performs in a lot of events organized by the government of Armenia.

This year, Escada celebrates 20 years of its foundation and prepares a festive concert where it performs together with Moscow state ensemble "Ruskie sezoni".

Members of the group are children and young people between 3 and 25 years.

They dance armenian national dances, dances of all nations of the world, modern, syujet-dances. In the festival, the dancers between 12 and 20 years show program of Armenian national traditional songs and dances


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 Teneriffa-Tanzlmusi and Volkstanzgruppe Dorfen (Germany)


Both folklore dance groups, Teneriffa-Tanzlmusi and Volkstanzgruppe Dorfen have been performing since 2009. They specialize in original Bavarian dances and music. During various performances they show figure dances, traditional dance „Schuhplattler“ and other traditional folk dances.


Their image and dress are also of big importance. Formerly, not all people in the village had the same costumes. They wore the clothing according to their purse. In the group, everyone has a special traditional costume but each of them is from a different region. We adapt to modern times as well. That´s why our girls can have a shortcut and not everybody has to wear full dress.



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Sudaruška (Russia, Ukraine)

The ensemble „Sudaruška" originated in 2003 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Brno (CZ) – Department of Ukrainian language.

At the beginning it took part in school and local events only but later it participated in folklore festivals in the Czech Republic – e.g. in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, Strážnice. The members of the group are people of various Slavonic nations, so you can hear both Russian and Ukrainian songs during their performance. Since 2008 the ensemble has been working together with military history clubs in Brno and it takes part in the events remembering big historical battles.


The ensemble SUDARUŠKA strives to preserve traditional Ukrainian culture, language, history and cultural heritage.



Folkworks of Christchurch (NZ)

Folkworks of Christchurch, a quintet of musicians led by School of Music, lecturer Dr Roger Buckton

The line up is Roger Buckton (flute,dudelsack),Jonathan Le Cocq (mandolin, guitar, lute),Michael Cwach (tuba, euphonium, serpent,dudelsack), Heather Gladstone (accordion,keyboard) and Claire Weyland (violin)

Folkworks features some unusual instruments.Michael Cwach plays the serpent. "It is an 18thcentury bass wind instrument in which the sound is produced by a mouthpiece like a brass instrument, yet it is fingered like a woodwind instrument" explains Roger. "It is thought that this is the only one in New Zealand." Roger and Michael play dudelsacks, a type of bagpipe, brought to New Zealand by Bohemian settlers in Puhoi.