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Ludowa Nuta at the 2010 Dozynki Harvest Festival in Buffalo, NY.

Ludowa Nuta Rocks!!!
 "Hej, z góry" 
('Hey from the mountain')
Key of C
C                         G7           C  
Hej z góry z góry jadą mazury
C                         G7           C  
Hej z góry z góry jadą mazury  
F
Jedzie, jedzie Mazureczek
C
Wiezie, wiezie mi wianeczek 
F
Jedzie, jedzie Mazureczek
C
Wiezie, wiezie mi wianeczek 
G                       C   (C7)
Roz - rozmarynowy.
C
Wiezie, wiezie mi wianeczek 
G                       C   
Roz - rozmarynowy.


Ludowa Nuta at Roncesvalles Polish Festival in Toronto, Ontario
Ludowa Nuta at Corpus Christi's Dożynki 2010 


According to the 2001 census by Statistics Canada, 984,585 Canadians claim full or partial Polish ancestry, but most likely the number has increased significantly over the last decade.


Przyjechał w nocy, koło północy
Stuka, puka w okieneczko
Otwórz, otwórz panieneczko
Ko - koniom wody daj.

Jakże ja mam wstać, koniom wody dać
Kiej mi mama zakazała
Żebym chłopców nie wpuszczała
Trze- trzeba jej się bać

Mamy się nie bój, wsiadaj na koń mój
pojedziemy w obce e kraje
Tam są inne obyczaje
Ma - malowany wóz

Przez wieś jechali, ludzie pytali
Co to , co to za dziewczyna
Co to , co to za jedyna
Je - jedzie z chłopcami.

 *Thanks for the video and lyrics, Andzrej!
Województwo lubuskie potocznie zwane Ziemią Lubuską.
 Kozły instrumenty samorodne ( wzmianki o ich istnieniu pochodzą już z XVI w.), konstruowane są do dnia dzisiejszego przez twórców ludowych.
 Kozioł - instrument dęty - ludowy składa się z:
 a) skórzanego worka wykonanego ze skóry kozła, będącego zbiornikiem powietrza
One of the many things I like best about Ludowa Nuta is their use of traditional acoustic Polish instruments. The above video is a good example.
- Bob Johnson, Polonia Music

 
 b) burdonu zwanego bąkiem, który wydaje stale ten sam dźwięk
 c) tzw. przebierki, tj. piszczałki z otworami, na której wykonuje się melodię
 d) mieszka, umieszczonego pod pacha i naciskanego ramieniem, którego zadaniem dostarczanie powietrza podczas gry na koźle

The Ludowa Nuta Polish Choir from Hamilton, Ontario is an exceptional resource for authentic Polish folk music and their performances are always a delight.  They have a vast repertoire of songs and a very lively style. It's always a good time -- no, a great time -- when Ludowa Nuta rolls into town with their instruments.  I can't seem to get enough of this fantastic Polish-Canadian group! 

Ludowa Nuta's latest CDs' are aaaavailable HERE!
 1. Tata i kòza (Daddy and the Goat)
 2. Marëszónka (Marianne)
 3. Juch, Marëszka (Now, Mary)
 4. Béł jeden gburczëk (There was a Farmer)
 5. Dobrô tobaka (Good Snuff Tobacco)
 6. Górą młodi wiek (Long Live Youthfulness)
 7. Kaszëbë wòłają nas (Kaszëbë are Calling Us)
 8. Jem jô rëbôk (I am a Fisherman)
 9. Żale gąsórczi (Sorrows of a Geese Herding Girl)
 10. Kaszëbsczé nótë (Kashubian Music Notes)
 11. Sëwi gòłąbeczek (Gray Dove)
 12. Hej żeglôjże żeglarzu (Hey, go Sailing Sailers)
 13. Namòwa (Suggestion)
 14. Czinda
 15. Speaking Kaszëbë 
 16. Kùkówka (Cuckoo Bird)
 17. Wele, wele Wetka
 18. Mòdré òczka (Blue Eyes)
CLICK HERE to visit Ludowa Nuta's website and to purchase their music.
The "Ludowa Nuta Polish Canadian Folk Choir of Hamilton" is the next generation in the continuum of the tradition of Polish folk music. Although the choir is based in Hamilton, it is a link to the ancestral homeland for the Polish Diaspora in Canada. Through its founder and artistic director, Sławek  Dudalski, the choir captures the spirit of Polish folklore and is generously praised for its authenticity, singing in regional dialects and performing in authentic folk costumes. The musicial accompaniment is enhanced by unique folk instruments such as trambita, gajdy, cymbaly and a variety of reed instruments, (mountain horn, bagpipes, hornpipes), imported directly from Poland.
Kaszëbsczé nótë (Kashubian Music Notes)
ABOVE: This is a sample of some of the music performed by Ludowa Nuta at their CD release party held in Hamilton, Ontario. As guests arrived, we were greeted by the band playing lively impromptu favorites.



The CD features Kaszubian music and is a must for anyone interested in authentic traditional Polish music. I listened to this expertly produced - yet not overlyproduced - CD three times on the way home to Rochester making the drive home feel like a ride on a magic carpet, or perhaps a flight of a falcon, over the Kaszubian region of Poland. 

Go to www.ludowanuta.ca to get your copy.
ABOVE: LN performing a Kazubian number from their third CD at Polish Heitage Day in Toronto.
BELOW: Międzynarodowy Festiwal Folkloru - Chojnice 2014




The choir's musical accompaniment is enhanced by unique folk instruments such as the trambita, gajdy, cymbaly and a variety of reed instruments. (mountain horn, bagpipes, hornpipes), imported directly from Poland.

Ludowa Nuta 2011
Ludowa Nuta Polish Choir Christmas Performance, Buffalo, New York 
 January 3, 2016
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Traditional Polish Music
Polish folk music was collected in the 19th century by Oskar Kolberg, as part of a wave of Polish national revival. With the coming of the world wars and then the Communist state, folk traditions were oppressed or subsumed into state-approved folk ensembles. The most famous of the state ensembles are Mazowsze and Śląsk, both of which still perform. Though these bands had a regional touch to their output, the overall sound was a homogenized mixture of Polish styles. There were more authentic state-supported groups, such as Słowianki, but the Communist sanitized image of folk music made the whole field seem unhip to young audiences, and many traditions dwindled rapidly.

Polish dance music, especially the mazurka and polonaise, were popularized by Frederick Chopin, and they soon spread across Europe and elsewhere. These are triple time dances, while five-beat forms are more common in the northeast and duple-time dances like the krakowiak come from the south. The polonaise comes from the French word for Polish to identify its origin among the Polish aristocracy, who had adapted the dance from a slower walking dance called chodzony. The polonaise then re-entered the scene and became an integral part of Polish music.

Poland's five national dances
 (Mazur, Polonez, Kujawiak, Krakowiak, Waltz), as well as modern dance, contemporary dance and ballet are all widely performed today throughout the Polonia community.

Ludowa Nuta's 2017 CD: http://www.ludowanuta.ca/
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