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Folk Music by the Mucha Brothers from the Terchova Village

The Mucha Brothers Folk Band

The Mucha Brothers have received acclaim from around the world for their interpretation of folk music from the Terchova region of Slovakia. Terchova is the birthplace of Slovak national hero Juraj Janosik born in the 17th century.

"Mucha sibs follow the music interpretation of their ancestors, using multi-voice playing and singing, their instruments are adjusted in the following way: small bass has two strings, contrabass has four strings, violins adjusted for their own special technique of playing – they have the violin on their right shoulder, with bend fiddlesticks, they use the strings made from the bowels, allowing them to create a richer sound and they are tuning their violins simultaneously with their voices. It’s not the cabinet "a", it is something lower. Their singing and playing is a specific and unique style of manifestation in Slovakia. Just like the fujara playing is typical for the Podpolana region, this four member bow play is typical for Terchova. This Terchova style is unique in Slovakia, but today it is also a European representative. Mucha sibs were playing not only in Europe, they have been playing in Africa, Australia," says Slovak ethnomusicologist Ondrej Demo in an interview for Panorama.sk.

The Mucha Brothers Folk Band from Terchova took first prize for folk bands at an international folk festival in Llangolen (Wales, UK) in 1996.

July 17, 2009   
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