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Successes and awards:
2003 The 9th All-Poland Festival of Christmas Carols and Pastorales
Having taken part in regional preliminaries in Lublin and final stage auditions in Będzin, we won the GRAND PRIX of Poland's largest festival of Christmas carols.
2000 The Festival of Ecological Culture in Józefów Roztoczański
We took first place.
2000 The New Tradition Festival
We took third place in the third edition of Polish Radio Folk Music Competition...
1998 The Folk Music Festival "Mikołajki Folkowe" ("Folk St Nicholas Day") Lublin
Performing among a group of select contenders, we won an award...
1997 The Student Song Festival "Japa" in Łód
That was our first award...
THE PRESS ABOUT US...
... or, a selection of clippings big and small
Małgorzata Bochenek, Będzin
/The complete text of the article: "Będziński festiwal kolędowy. Wielkie muzykowanie." ("The Będzin Festival of Christmas Carols. Great Music-Making.") Nasz Dziennik 15 Jan 2003, no. 12 (1508)/
Dla warszawiaków po łemkowsku (For Varsovians in Lemko); GW Stołeczna, Monday,18 Mar 2002
The 1st Warsaw Lemko Days took place last weekend. The Foundation for the Support of the Lemko Minority Rutenika prepared an exhibition of painting and photography, discussions, lectures, film screenings, and a concert of music. On Saturday, at the Academy of Music, old Lemko songs were sung by the folk band Drewutnia, (in the photo) and by the Slavic Vocal and Instrumental Group Rusnaki.
Tęgo rżną w drewutni (Hearty Playing in the Woodshed); GW Stołeczna, Wednesday, 12 Dec 2001
They come from different corners of Poland, and so does the music they play: Lemko, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Silesian, as well as from Kashubia, the Lublin region, or Malopolska (Lesser Poland). On Thursday, Kapela Drewutnia [Eng. Woodshed Folk Band] will be performing in Warsaw...
Let's all go and hear the band playing heartily in the shed. All the village is rejoicing, so let none of us be sad reads the band's invitation on their website. Their music is not always so joyful, though. Apart from merry and often hilarious songs and ditties, it features plenty of moving stories of abandoned girls, Cossacks missing their sweetheart Hala, and complaints of a Lemko who does not want to go to war. All the songs carry an enormous charge of energy that infects the audience
In 1997, a group of traditional folk music enthusiasts met in Lublin, the capital of Polish folk. What particularly fascinated them was songs from areas where traditions met and merged. So, they set up Kapela Drewutnia and started playing what most appealed to them in Lublin at first, and then all over the country. The reception was positive: they won prizes at festivals and reviews. They have also released two albums: Hetaj, hetaj and Hojaja szuhaja. During the performance at the M?ały Theatre they will be promoting the latest album, i uod sie i do sie (out and in). This will be another concert organized by the Polish Musical Youth Association Jeunesses Musicales.
/Szlakiem kalasznikowa (On the Trail of the Kalashnikov); GW, 25 Jan 2000/
The folk boom is already under way, even if few people have noticed this yet...
(...) the most interesting of Lublin's bands (excluding Budka Suflera, naturally) seems to be Kapela Drewutnia, a nine-person group performing eclectic Ukrainian music. They play traditional acoustic instruments, but they are attractive and go-getting, with a good measure of sense of humour. Drewutnia's album would be certain to rank among folk music gold records if only it could be bought. The band released it at their own expense in a mere 300 copies and sold them all at concerts.
That is a pity, as I believe they are the group that stands the greatest chance of becoming the major star of the East in the Polish folk. Luckily, Drewutnia gives frequent concerts and plans to reissue its album. It will soon be available for purchase on the Internet as well.