In this section are gathered together resources we have found helpful in our exploration of Georgian polyphonic songs, and the women who sing them. If you would like your resources or ensemble to be featured here please contact us.

Musical Guest Houses, Tours and Teachers …

Things change – please contact directly to find out the current situation.

Georgian Folk Singing Tours and Workshops (Facebook Group) Levan Bitarovi

Joyous Host Georgia • Musical Tours & Masterclasses Instructor – folk music expert Malkhaz Erkvanidze.

Folk House, ZugdidiBesiki Tshitanava

Zoé Perret GEORGIE –  ETE 2021 Stages de chant itinérants.

Ethno Place in Samegrelo folk music expert Nino Naneishvili (Unlikely in 2021 – but check directly to be sure)

Keti’s House, Shilda, Kakheti. Rtveli 2021. Keti and Bachana (singer with the Shilda Ensemble) are happy to host everyone who needs rest from the city, with music and good company. Spend time with your friends – make yourself happy with sunny days in the grape harvest. Music, food, masterclasses, wine etc.

Guest house Moqvare, Merisi, Ajara – Turmanidze family

Lakhushdi – The Singing Village, Svaneti family Chamgeliani

Nanila Guest House Lenjeri Svaneti, family Pilpani

Susan and Holly give thanks, appreciation and gratitude to the team at IRCTP for their dedication to the study of Traditional Georgian Polyphony. (And for offering their resources to host the podcast launch in October 2020.)

International Research Centre for Traditional Polyphony Tbilisi, Georgia. Current information from the IRCTP can be found on their Facebook page and YouTube. International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony.

Resources: Books

99 Georgian Songs Book Cover

99 Georgian Songs A collection of traditional folk, church and urban songs from Georgia. Introduced by Edisher Garakanidze. Song notes and translations by Joseph Jordania. Edited by Joan Mills at the Centre for Performance Research assisted by colleagues, friends and family members of Edisher Garakanidze. Listen to Joan Mills in Episode 7.

The Georgian Feast Book Cover

The Georgian Feast:The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia by Dara Goldstein. Mentioned in Episode 7 with Joan Mills.

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Songbook Georgia / Liederbuch Georgien: Georgia’s World Cultural Heritage / Georgiens Weltkulturerbe by Tamar Buadze (Author), Imke McMurtrie (Author). This Songbook of Georgia, which focuses on the female repetoire of traditional songs, is the product of two singers and music ethnologists who have been working together for many years: Tamar Buadze (Georgia) and Imke McMurtrie (Germany).

Svan Folk Songs Collection of Sheet Music with 2 audio CD’s for Self-Study.

The recordings were made in the 1980s in the Voice Recording Studio “Melodia”, and this unique phonoarchive was donated by Anzor Erkomaishvili to the Georgian Chant Foundation.

The publication was non-profit and it is available in electronic form, from the Georgian Chanting Foundation.

Acharan Folk Songs Collection of Sheet Music with audio CD for Self-Study.

Songs are performed by the Moqvare and Elesa ensembles from the Keda municipality.

The publication was non-profit and it is available in electronic form, from the Georgian Chanting Foundation.

Musics Lost and Found
Song Collectors and the Life and Death of Folk Tradition

by Michael Church

This ground-breaking book is the first-ever study of the role played in musical history by song collectors. This is the first-ever book about song collectors, music’s unsung heroes.

Michael Church suggests we may be seeing folk music’s ‘end of history’. Old forms are dying as the conditions for their survival – or replacement – disappear; the death of villages means the death of village musical culture.

Resources: Films

Wie Luft zum Atmen The documentary discovers the musicality of Georgia and presents its significance for this country. For it is in the lost and rediscovered songs and dances that Georgians preserve their very own identity and strength. Mentioned by Jen Morris (Like Air to Breath) in Episode 12a. Singing Landscapes – From Georgia to the Balkans.

Resources: Websites for Folk Related Organisations, Festivals and Places

Art Gene Festival annual festival in Tbilisi and the regions. Art Gene Group NGO “Union of Art Gene”, whose main aim is to promote Georgia’s traditional folk culture.

Folklore Centre on ფოლკლორის ცენტრი

Folklore Centre on Audiomack

Folk Center Hall ფოლკლორის ცენტრის დარბაზი Performance & event venue, Tbilisi. a face book group devoted to Georgian Chant, a Resource for the Study of Georgian Liturgical Music.

Georgian Chant a website resource for the study and performance of Georgian Orthodox liturgical chant.

Georgian Harmony Association – UK acts as a publicity and umbrella organisation for Georgian singing events.


Computational Ethnomusicology

Multi-Media Recordings Of Traditional Georgian Vocal Music With Focus On Svaneti

There is much to explore from this website following the work of Scherbaum, F.  & N. Mzhavanadze, N.

Ts’utisopeli A project dedicated to the conservation and dissemination of songs from villages in Eastern Georgia. You are invited to explore over 70 musician profiles and 400 songs on this site.

State Museum of Georgian Folk Music and Musical Instruments

Resources: Female & Mixed Ensembles in Georgia

Bolnela ბოლნელა

Gogochuri Sisters დები გოგოჭურები

Iagundi Ansamble from Achara

Ialoni იალონი

Irinola ირინოლა

Kimilia კიმილია

Kolkhuri trio კოლხური ტრიო

Melorama Quartet მელორამა

Mtiebi მთიები

Mzetamze მზეთამზე

Nanina ნანინა

Rekheuli Ensemble რეხეული

Sathanao სათანაო

Turtachela ახალგაზრდული გუნდი თუთარჩელა

Zedashe ზედაშე

Resources: Choirs UK

Maspindzeli მასპინძელი based in Central London, UK.

Chela and Buska based in Cambridge, UK

Borjaghali ბორჯღალი based in Bristol, UK

K’ak’ali ‘Walnuts’ based in Wales

Resources: Choirs France