The Ukrainian-Estonian Svjata Vatra (“Holy Fire”) band plays folk music based on traditional songs, nostalgic children’s games and Baltic melodies, with a fresh punk attitude.



Ruslan Trochynskyi – Vocal, trombone, scythe.

Juhan Suits ( Juss ) – Estonian bagpipes, wooden horn, whistle, vocal,  jew’s harp.

Robin Mäetalu – Acoustic guitar

Ats Tani  – Bass guitar

Karl-Heinrich Arro – Drums, Percussion.

Alo  Jaanivald – Sound engineering.

Kevin Kangur
 –  Sound engineering.

Terje Trochynskyi – Manager.


Prepare for a blast of Cossack Viking folk rock from Svjata Vatra, led by
trombonist Ruslan Trochynskyi.
A Ukrainian-Estonian ensemble, Svjata Vatra which translates to “Holy Fire,” in English,
play folk music based on traditional songs, nostalgic children’s games and Baltic melodies,
with a fresh punk attitude. On stage the band evokes an ancient and irresistible pagan rite
using bagpipes, jew’s harp, scythe, and husky lead vocals—all blown into the 21st century by
shimmering trombone.
Since 2006 they’ve been making people dance and breaking down walls by demonstrating
shared musical roots in 22 European countries, and in Canada, USA, Kazakhstan.
From performing on Viking ships to shows at Colours of Ostrava, FelSziget, Positivus, Urkult, London International Festival of Exploratory Music, Kaustinen, Haapavesi, Nomad Way, The Spirit of Tengri, Volxsfest, and Viljandi Folk Festivals – Svjata Vatra are gaining momentum.
Now, they’re and ready to bring their fiery folk further out into the world.
They’ve picked up critical acclaim along the way.
“Kalyna” was awarded ‘Best folk song in Estonia in 2009.
“Pane mind põlema / Light my fire” was used us soundtrack in USA TV series “Seal Team” in 2017.
The band are also alumni of several showcase festivals, including Budapest Ritmo 2016 (the
showcase festival from WOMEX partners Hangveto), Tallinn Music Week (6 times),
Eurosonic, and the 2018 Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, USA.

They’ve proven time and again that they can get any audience in a festive mood.
In 2018, the band released a new album: “Changes,” in English.

Svjata vatra Presents
documentary film "Püha Tuli"

In October  2010 Svjata Vatra finished a two year project:  a documentary film „Püha tuli“ („holy fire“ in Estonian), directed by Erik Norkroos.

It is the story of Ruslan Trochynskyi, an Ukrainian folk-rock musician, about his chance settling in Estonia, the forming of a band with four Estonian musicians and about the meaning and impact of this band on both Estonian and Ukranian folkmusic – in short: about integration in life as well as in art.

Most of the footage has been filmed in the summer of 2009 on the band’s folk-expedition to Romania and the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine. In addition the film features a selection of the band’s live perfomances from several Estonian music festivals.

The musical documentary film (52 min) was presented in 5 Estonian city, in Finland, Helsinki. In March 2011 “Püha tuli” was presented at World film Festival in Tartu and Estonian National TV Chanel, in July in Poland, Festival Globaltica and “Kino Molodost Festival” Kiev Ukraine, “Kino Oktjabr” Helsinki Finland, Estonian
Cultural Festival in Paris France.

The film was co-produced by Crossroad of Cultures, FilmPlussNull and University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy. The making of the documentary has been supported by Estonian Cultural Capital.

Workshop & Education

Svjata Vatra are also running workshops. “Estonian-Ukrainian traditional music similarities
and differences” introduces traditional music instruments, songs, dances and customs. The
workshops are suitable for children and adults, and can be carried out as a special programme
for festivals, other events, and schools. They have been held in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Russia, Finland, Poland, Germany, Belgium and Canada.

Trailer about film:  

booking worldwide:

(except UK, Austria, Switzerland ) Terje Trochynskyi​ +372 5088061