Vershe

Vershe is a song that hails from the tradition of the Lemko people - an ethnic group historically inhabiting the Carpathian Mountains along the border of today's Ukraine, Poland, and Slovakia.

Having experienced major emigration at the turn of the 20th century, followed by compulsory resettlement after World War II, their rich culture almost disappeared.  The Lemko language, even though uprooted from its natural environment, survived in stories, and songs such as this one. 



Zoriushka


"Zoriushka" is an old Russian song which most likely comes from Siberian Cossacks. It was traditionally sung to brides-to-be. It depicts the cycles of sunrise and sunsets over forests, paths, bridges and people crossing them as a metaphor indicating that life in general follows a certain pattern.