This traditional work song comes from Guria, a region in the west of the Republic of Georgia, in the Caucasus. This version was arranged by Stephen Taberner and sung by his choir, the Spooky Men’s Chorale, and was introduced as a “log-carrying song”, although it is used to accompany manual work of any kind. It’s a “forest sea-shanty” with its rhythmical, repetitive chant, just right for hauling ropes or tree-trunks. It gets much faster towards the end!
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