Spring came to Budapest in full force this weekend with sunny days, high temperatures. The Hungarian elections are happening in a week, and that means the weekend was marked by mass marches and election rallies featuring stump speeches by cognitively challenged baboons who display the moral compass of Nigerian email scammers. But,alas, I digress... We all know the genuine harbinger of Budapest spring in March is the national folk festival, the Táncháztalálkozó.
|An intimate context for traditional culture.|
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|Two Generations of the Csóori Family band, masters of music from Szék|
|Márta Sebestyén and the Vujicsics Band|
Writer Béla Szilárd Jávorszky has collected their histories and anecdotes and put together a fascinating portrait in his new book Muzsikás 40, which is highly recommended. The all too brief Muzsikás session was followed by a blazing set by the Buda Folk Band, comprising of some of the young hot shots of the folk music scene and featuring no less than two offspring from the original members of Éri Márton and Csóori Sándor, Jr.
|The Buda Folk Band|
|Hungarian Bagpipe jam session|
|Lőrincz and Florin Codoba leading the Palatka Band.|