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  • ა – Trailer – A brief introduction to the podcast.
  • ბ – Prelude – How ‘Voices of the Ancestors’ came into being.
Photo of the  Voices of the Ancestors podcast studio with  Holly and Susan on the computer screen, keyboard, mic, and popguard.
Yes that’s an actual keyboard in the studio!

Transcripts of Episodes

1 – Connection and Isolation – singing through Covid-19 lockdown. Guest – Jen Morris, USA, founder and director of Seattle’s Georgian choir onefourfive.

2 – Shepherds and Bear Prints with Jenny Barrett – ever wondered what the difference between a city song and folk song is? Or how songs vary through the different regions of Georgia? Jenny, singer with choirs Maspindzeli and Chela in the UK, takes you on a whistle-stop tour of Georgian singing, while telling tales of traveling in Tusheti and Svaneti and hosting Gigi Garakanidze in the UK.  With music by Ialoni, Mtiebi, Kimilia, Maspindzeli, the Chamgeliani sisters and Levan Bitarovi, Sakhioba and Mzetamze.

3 – Healing Songs and Circle Dances with Nino Naneishvili – “It’s one of the most valuable feelings, when your ancestor, your old generation hears his own songs. And when you perform it in your variation, improvisation and when they are happy. It’s I think the biggest gift a performer can feel.”
Nino Naneishvili, ethnomusicologist and musical director of women’s ensemble Ialoni ( tells us how she collected a healing song from a tiger and adapted it into her own style.

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4 – Living and Singing in Georgia with Zoé Perret

Singer, instrumentalist and teacher Zoé Perret talks about finding a ‘common soul’ between Georgian polyphony and medieval French music.

How did french singer Zoé become so entwined with Georgian songs?
“So for the first couple of years, I think, I was listening only exclusively to old Georgian folk songs. And you know, even though you are not born in the country, I think, if you listen to it constantly, then you, in the end, kind of get the feeling that there is something that sounds natural or not natural”

Susan and Holly chat with Zoé Perret, leader of mixed ensemble Kimilia

5 – Reflecting Back and Looking Forward (Live Recording)

Our first ever live episode, recorded on zoom. We were joined by two of our past guests, Jen Morris and Nino Naneishvili, as well as some of our community of listeners. We take New Year as an opportunity to reflect on the highlights and lowlights of 2020, what and who we are grateful for, and what we are looking forward to in 2021. Everyone came up with suggestions for attracting sponsors to create a sustainable podcast. So many ideas bubbling up from our pool of creative and clever listeners. We all had fun fantasising about dream guests for the podcast. With music by Tamar Buadze’s Young Tutarchela Choir, Turtachela, Sakhioba and Ialoni.

6 – Christmas and New Year with Magda Kevlishvili

Magda, leader of Amer-Imeri children’s ensemble and co-leader of ensemble Mtiebi, tells us about the ancient tradition of Alilo, which was revived by her father-in-law, Edisher Garakanidze.

Music used: Ialoni, Mtiebi and Kimilia

7 – Joan Mills on the Continuum of Theatre and Song