Batiar-Band

Lviv street songs and ballads from the 1920's and 30's still entertain people today with their humor, melodies and danceable rhythms.
The rich street language of those days - called "balak" - has now disappeared,
but traces remain in individual words and phrases still spoken in Lviv.
This language was based on a mixture of Western Ukrainian dialects and Polish, with some German and Hebrew influences.
Since the lyrics of many of these songs had a few variations,
I edited them for Victor Morozov to make them more understandable to contemporary audiences.
The most popular heroes of these songs were "batiars" - a specific breed in Lviv.
Batiars resided in the areas around Lviv and were known as local playboys, hoodlums and hooligans.

Yuri Vynnychuk

Batiar's Day in Lviv, 2010

Only in Lviv (2002)

Victor Morozov and Batiar-Band Halychyna


CD Cover 1. BATIAR [Real Audio]
2. ONLY IN LVIV [Real Audio]
3. IN THE STRYJSKY PARK [Real Audio]
4. THE BUTCHER'S DAUGHTER [Real Audio]
5. AT THE VETERAN'S BALL [Real Audio]
6. WHEN THE MUSIC PLAYS
7. BOUNCING LAD
8. FAR FROM THE CROWD
9. DANCE IN THE SUBURBS
10. IT'S MIDNIGHT
11. LYCHAKIV TANGO
12. THE AUNT
13. FAJDULI
14. ONLY IN LVIV (remix from 30-С–es)


Credits:

All ukrainian versions of texts by Yuri Vynnychuk except "Only in Lviv" by Bohdan Stelmakh


"BATIAR-BAND HALYCHYNA":


Victor Morozov - vocals, acoustic guitar
Petro Rachynskyj - accordion
Bohdan Nazar - violin
Stepan "Smola" Netrebiak - clarinet
Ivan Ohar - double bass
Roman Zhuk - tuba (6)

Our special thanks to:
Roman Lozynsky, Ostap Fedoryshyn
and Franz Yosyf


See more details about this CD on Victor Morozov's web site

 

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