Varkava parish folklore ensemble
Rally of graduates of Varkava main school, 1993
recommended transcription in English: Madarenis
approximate pronunciation in English: Madarengis
Listen pronunciation in AU format (13 Kb)
Created: springtime 1983
Location: Varkava, Preili distr., Latgalia
Leader: Jānis Teilāns
Number of participants: 14, of them by age:
younger than 14 years: 2
from 14 to 24 years: 1
from 25 to 44 years: 9
from 45 to 64 years: 1
older than 64 years: 1
and by gender:
Forms of activity: sing, play roundelays
Description: In 1982 the already existing Varkava female vocal ensemble
has decided to perform folk songs only, as other songs they liked less, and in
1983 the ensemble was renamed the Varkava folklore ensemble. Then the
participants decided to sing only local folk songs they heard from their
mothers, grandmothers and neighbour aunties.
Since the first days of its existence the ensemble has been managed by Jānis
We sing songs of our area, we play roundelays, a little bit we dance, and,
if there is a need, we sing spiritual songs too.
Among the participants of our enemble there are several narrators of folklore.
The name of the ensemble - Madareņis has been chosen because a song of
the same name has become something like our anthem.
Madder is a curative plant with small flowers. Just as madders cure
various illnesses, our ensemble by its singing tries to cure our fellow humans
from sadness, melancholy, loneliness. Where else we could gather force and
knowledge, if not in folklore?
Opening of Varkava parish's bandstand, August 1997
Sound sample: Sasdiņ labi cīmā braukt (On saturdays is good to go on a visit) (1998)
One couplet in AU format (271 Kb)
Full song in MP3 format (381 Kb)
Elvīra Āboliņa, Bērzu 2-15, Vārkava, Preiļu raj., LV-5337, Latvija
Elvira Abolina, Berzu 2-15, Varkava, Preili distr., LV-5337, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 53-32229 (o.)
Date of presenting the information: 31 August 1998