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Review for the festival Baltica'03, Valka,
9 November 2002

      A day before Martin's day in Valka Culture house were going groups from Western and Northern Lifland. The participants sat by tables, decorated by pies and jugs with beer.

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Sudmaliņas

      The host - group from Valka Sudmaliņas performed the firsts. They have met the God of a crop with a song, and, plated him in a crown, have brought home. The mother of joint work has treated the assiduous workers with bread and beer from a new crop. After the entertaining, certainly there were roundelays, jokes and dancing. The show was successful, voices sounded well, however, for estimation "very good" it had a shortage of something small, some kind of "berry".

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Cielava

      Cielava remembered their deceased relatives. The performance was silent and quiet. The size of the hall and fidgeting of listeners from time to time absolutely muffled it. Certainly, it is uneasy to present deeply personal feelings to a large audience. For example, to tell loudly, what good person was your grandmother. Such words are spoken silently. But, however, a performance requires certain audibility.

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Dzīne

      A recently created group - Dzīne from Koni - has continued the concert. They sang about works, related to a bread growing and preparing. In general the performance was good, but it would be desirable to develop some distinctive features.

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Dzieti

      From Cesis came Dzieti. Their performance was obviously created on a speed hand. Tuning of instruments was different, fingers did not obey, though they sang well. In speeches of the leader did not suffice a cordiality.

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Rota

      With the arrival of Rota from Renceni, in the hall has begun to smell by hay. The participants sang, danced, told beliefs. Sounded thoroughly, and their pleasure was threw to the listeners too.

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Ziemeri

      The program of folklore ensemble Ziemeri comprised songs almost of the whole cycle of year - spring's about working, autumn's about wedding etc. Have pleased tales in Malenian dialect. In general, all was smoothly, may be too much. Especially it concerns to sounding, which was too choral.

      Mežābele sowed barley and brewed beer, but the singing was not convincing - it is obvious because of small years of the majority of the performers. But anyway, when they will grow up, then they will know some good songs.

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Jaunlaicene

      Jaunlaicene in the beginning have unwound beautiful ball of "songs". Different subjects of songs has allowed each listener to try to understand himself, what performers want him to say. I, either because of weariness or because of stupidity, has not understood.

      Then came turn of Nāburgi, also from Valka. Their songs was about field works - ploughing, harrowing and mowing. Performance was short and (may be because of this reason) good.

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Delve

      The last acted Delve - "bear's paw". The ensemble has shown the snake - a self-made instrument, which was very impressive visualy, but not audialy - it only rumbled. Performers was freely, and they got sympathies of the spectators.

      In general - the concert was successful. Martin's day came tired and joyful.

      Article: Ieva Bērziņa, 14 November 2002
      Photos: Ieva Bērziņa


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