About Tołhaje

Who we are

Founded by Damian Kurasz and Janusz Demkowicz in 2000, TOLHAJE was soon after joined by other musicians who come from the Subcarpathian region. They were Marysia Jurczyszyn, Tomasz Duda, Jakub Mietla, Robert Krok, Lukasz Moskal and Piotr Rychlec. The band is inspired by, inter alia, the customs of the Boykos and Lemkos – ethnic groups living in Bieszczady before 1947, musical culture of South-Eastern Poland (Lubelszczyzna – Polish historical region that encompasses Lublin) and the ethnic groups of modern Ukraine. TOLHAJE have performed on stages in the entire country endearing themselves to the audience as well as competition juries. They reached the final of the 4th edition of the Folk Music Festival of the Polish Radio (second place). They were the winners of the 19th International Youth Folk Song and Music Festival “Eurofolk Na Pograniczach” in Sanok in 2001. In June 2002, the band represented Poland at the 23rd European Broadcasting Union Festival in Mölln, Germany. Moreover, most of the members from TOŁHAJE collaborated with famous artists, like Gordon Haskle, John Lord (Deep Purple), Nigel Kennedy, Michael Bolton as well as with well-known Polish artists (Katarzyna Nosowska, Kayah, Hey, Maria Peszek, Smolik, Pink Freud, Kora, Ewa Bem, Stanisław Soyka, Gaba Kulka, Justyna Steczkowska, Zakopower, Piotr Rubik, Michał Bajor and many others). In the autumn of 2013 TOŁHAJE received a proposal to co-create music for a new TV series “Wataha”, HBO Poland. During this project the band created new songs and after that an idea arose to release an album. The new album “Czereda” contains inter alia songs used in the broadcasted TV series on HBO. (more…)

Creative Ideas

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Responsive Layout

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Ready to Use

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Clean Coding

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Tołhaje that’s us

current band members
marysia-jurczyszyn

Marysia Jurczyszyn

Vocal

damian-kurasz

Damian Kurasz

Guitar

tomasz-duda

Tomasz Duda

Saxophones, bass clarinet

janusz-demkowicz

Janusz Demkowicz

Bass guitar

lukasz-moskal

Łukasz Moskal

Percussion

falko-piotr-rchlec

Falko Piotr Rychlec

Accordion, didgeridoo, sound producer

kuba-wolanin

Kuba Wolanin

Drums

maciek-cierlinski

Maciek Cierliński

Hurdy gurdy

Tołhaje’s News

  • — TOLHAJE IN THE WSCHOD KULTURY FESTIVAL —

    See the photos taken during the Wschod Kultury Festival (The East of Culture Festival), where we have performed recently with the accompaniment of a great string section. Click here and enjoy:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFCRfk7uIHk

  • — WATAHA – OUR NEW MUSIC —

    We have started working on the new material for HBO – “Wataha”. The pilot episode will be shown in 2014, and the photos for the show have been taken in … the Bieszczady mountains. You can find more information here and here. While we are expecting many challenges ahead and hard work at the same time, we are sure it will be an exciting experience. Please keep your fingers crossed for us!

  • — BATTLE OF THE BANDS —

    One of our songs titled “Bojkowska kołomyjka” will enter the international competition of the world music “Battle Of The Bands”. That’s why we’d like to ask you help us win the competition. To vote for our song, please click on the link below. There is no need to register! http://www.worldmusic.net/battle/track/313/

Contact

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Management