Baltica, in Sigulda, 2003
meaning: a paw
recommended transcription in English: Delve
approximate pronunciation in English: Delve
Listen pronunciation in AU format (12 Kb)
Location: Vidrizhi, Limbazhi distr., Livland
Leader: Aina Tobe
Number of participants: 9, of them by age:
younger than 14 years: 3
from 14 to 24 years: 1
from 25 to 44 years: 3
from 45 to 64 years: 2
and by gender:
Forms of activity: sing, play music, dance, play roundelays
drums and other
The bear, the brother
Has five fingers on his paw;
All the five are shod
With silver-mounted claws.
/Latvian folk song/
Description: The name delve is an ancient word, which means
a bear's paw - in it appears both playfulness and force. Participants of
our ensemble have both these qualities, we are able both to play pranks and
to unite in the force of calendar ceremonies.
The group has reconstructed Livonian archeological clothes
(the copies are made by participants themselves) and ancient
ornaments and footwear.
In Birzites, Germany, August 2003
In repertoir of the group are vocal melodies, calendar
songs and games, and also dance music. Each year repertoir replenishes by
new finds from Folklore storehouse, basically - songs from Northern
Delve has a close cooperation with Ledurga dendrological park,
we perform there with a special wedding or celebratory program.
Our first international festival was Baltica-2003.
In August, 2003 Delve performed in France and Germany.
To Christmas of 2004 we realized a project
I had a spotted cow. It is an original puppet show for children,
based in Latvian folklore. We still show it in schools, kindergartens,
houses of culture and offices.
In 2005 Delve represented Latvia in the folklore festival Baltica
Sound sample: Kupla liepa / Ai, saulīte (Leafy linden / Ah, my sun) (2005)
Full song in MP3 format (746 Kb)
Aina Tobe, Vaivari, Vidrižu pag., Limbažu raj., LV-4013, Latvija
Aina Tobe, Vaivari, Vidrizhi parish, Limbazhi distr., LV-4013, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 640-62446, 22426361
Date of presenting the information: 1 August 2005