Vesnianka — We Will Greet the First of Spring

We first heard the Ukrainian song “Vesnianka” on a Smithsonian Folkways album by the Kobzari Ukrainian Folk Ensemble, a group of musicians in their teens and twenties that formed in Nebraska in 1972 to celebrate traditional Ukrainian music. In this video watch Ukraine’s Kalyna State Ensemble dance to this springtime song. At about four minutes into the video melody of our version of the song, “Vesno Krasna” will float by. We’ll sing “Vesno Krasna” tomorrow.