Record of the Week: Aleksandr Matochkin – Traditional Woeful Folksongs of Russian Kin

Available to buy from the Todestrieb Distro


Traditional folk songs performed by student and collector of the Russian folk tradition, Александр Маточкин. Most of these songs were originally sung unarranged and unaccompanied by instruments. Александр does accompany these songs with his accordion. Not a common combination but here it works perfectly, adding tempo and melody. An intimate performance of almost instantly memorable songs.

Александр also works to preserve the voices of Russian ancestry directly, continuing in the tradition of field collectors like Lomax by visiting villages and recording the music and stories passed down by generations. If you are interested to see and hear these recordings, you can find his youtube page here.