Eastern-European Folk and World Music
Karolina Wegrzyn is a polish singer, accordionist and song collector; hailing from the Sub-Carpathia (south east) region of Poland. Karolina grew up surrounded by folk tradition; heavily influenced by her grandmother, who coached generations of local youngsters in traditional Polish song and dance.
Karolina has since become interested in, and performs folk music from other surrounding countries; such as Ukraine, Slovakia and the Balkan states, as well as music from nomadic tribes that settled in and around Eastern Europe; such as the Łemko people and the Roma communities. She learned to sing in an ancient technique of white voice (otherwise known as scream singing). She also collects forgotten songs and stories by meeting with elderly citizens of her native communities.
In 2021 Karolina took third place at the Polish National True Musician’s Tournament in Szczecin. She regularly plays around the West Midlands with some of Birmingham’s best musicians and artists. She often takes part in Tereza Buskova’s street performances inspired by Czech traditions. You can also catch her collaborating with Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham and performing in the city’s Symphony Hall.
Together with some of Birmingham's finest musicians, they create a heart warming experience with archaic stories and rhythms that will move your feet to dance.