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Songs of Olden Times

Heinavanker

Songs of Olden Times

Estonian Folk Hymns and Runic Songs

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On Songs of Olden Times, the vocal ensemble Heinavanker (Estonian for “hay wagon”), led by composer Margo Kõlar since 1996, delves into Estonia’s early sacred music and folklore through the prism of contemporary imagination. This evocative program of ancient runic songs and folk hymns, which sometimes features overtone singing, ranges from joyful to reflective.