Podcast hosts Susan and Holly with headphones and microphone in Tbilisi.
Photo: Nino Khundadze

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Front row Zoé Perret and Madona Chamgeliani

“a connection which is not stopping from the past and goes and goes and maybe it’s the circle and maybe it’s an unstoppable line – but oh it’s a really great feeling.” Vanda Bakuradze

Delve deep into the culture, mythology and stories of Svaneti :-

  • Hear from two young singers from ensemble Lalkhor, who say they could not live without ‘perkhuli’, the ritual round dance.
  • Take a fireside seat to hear the legend of the pagan goddess Dali and hunter Betkil.
  • Swim in the land between reality and myth at the Folk Centre.

Rituals of the Singing Village

Chamgeliani Sisters

Centre photo of Madona, Ana and Eka by Giorgi Nikolava
  • How do you welcome the souls of your ancestors?
  • Why are wolves sacred?
  • Can you sing and dance through grief?

An audio journey to the highest mountains of Georgia – Svaneti. We meet Ana, Madona and Eka Chamgeliani, three sisters keeping the ancient traditions of their village, Lakhushdi, alive. 

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One of Tamar’s former students tells us what it was like to grow up in a folk choir, and tells us (one version of) the story behind the Abkhazian song Varado. But best of all Tamar shares with us the tone-bending voice of her Megrelian grandmother.

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This is what the Georgian language looks like :-

პოდკასტ (ციფრული.აუდიო ფაილი ინტერნეტში) „წინაპართა ხმები”-ის ფარგლებში ჰოლი და სიუზანი ესაუბრებიან ქართული მრავალხმიანი სიმღერების ქალ შემსრულებლებს, როგორც საქართველოში, ისე მის ფარგლებს გარეთ. ისინი ერთად განიხილავენ სიმღერების მოგზაურობის ისტორიებსა და მასთან დაკავშირებულ ამბებს. პოდკასტის მასპინძლები დიდ ბრიტანეთში ცხოვრობენ, სტუმრები კი მსოფლიოს სხვადასხვა ქვეყნიდან არიან მოწვეული. ყოველი მხრიდან, სადაც ფოლკლორის მოყვარულებს ქართულ ჰარმონიებთან აქვთ შეხება

In the above, we speak to our Georgian readers about Voices of the Ancestors, a ‘georgian podcast’ in the english language.


Alistair, listener and Ko-fi supporter

This podcast helped me to join the dots of many a story. The episode with Joan Mills of CPR was so moving, I had to stop driving to cry. I really would love to hear another series! 9.8.2022″

bee_franz, early adopter5 Star Apple Review

“This is such an interesting podcast, featuring beautiful voices, stories and songs from Georgia. Full of emotion, heart and wonderful music. I had no knowledge of this topic before listening, but love hearing from the people, teachers and singers of these traditional songs – a hidden gem of the world.” 12.12.2020

Derek Wilcox, singer with Chela & Buska, Maspindzeli

“Voices of the Ancestors enables Georgian singers to share their lives with us, the listeners, who are given a unique and personal insight into their music. I definitely feel a real part of a family of Georgian singers in the UK, helping this community to prosper and grow, creating connections to many Georgian singers both in the UK and in Georgia.” 4.8.2022


A brief introduction to the podcast.
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Voices of the Ancestors presented JOURNEY OF GEORGIAN SONGS – Ensemble Stumrebi Audience Review 9th July 2022 “It is always a great delight to attend the Willow Globe performances and I booked to see Journey of Georgian Songs because I knew nothing about this music. It was very different but in a good way, I am very pleased that I booked to see it. The singers were very accomplised and brought the new (to me) sounds and stories to life. So the evening was a very enjoyable experience.”

Stumrebi with Willow Globe founders Sue Best, Philip Bowen and Emily.

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