Stary Olsa's Medieval Cover of Metallica's One

I'm a huge fan of Medieval and Renaissance music.  I love classic folk and all that, probably related to my love of fantasy movies, books, and role playing games.

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So I was thrilled when I was Youtube's sidebar showed me this Stary Olsa video after posting those two other Metallica posts last week:

Medieval Metallica!

You can't beat that.  I hadn't heard of Stary Olsa before but I see they are grinding it out, getting lots of attention to their various covers online.  Their site isn't in English but I found an English biography, so I'll give you the scoop:

Stary Olsa is a mediaeval Belarusian music band. It was founded in 1999 by its present leader Zmicier Sasnoŭski and now consists of six musicians. It takes its name from a brook in the west part of Mahilioŭ Region (Belarus).

The band's repertoire includes Belarusian folk balladry and martial songs, Belarusian national dances, works of Belarusian Renaissance composers, compositions from Belarusian aulic music collections (e.g. Polack NotebookVilnia Notebook), Belarusian canticles of the 16th - early 17th centuries, as well as European popular melodies of the Middle Ages and Renascence.

The coolest part is they've restored legit old aged Belarusian instruments or have had new versions made, including:

  • Bagpipe
  • Lyre
  • Gusli
  • Svirel
  • Jew's Harp
  • Ocarina
  • Birch Bark Trumpet
  • Hudok
  • Tromba Marina

Flat out, I don't even know what some of those are, but I know I like how they sound.  These guys are dope.

Listening to them makes me feel like I'm sitting in a dimly lit tavern in Stormwind getting ready to go raid Naxxramus... yeah... WoW reference.  Get at me, bruh.