…Many of the Baltic bands didn’t shy away from theatricals and campness. The singer of Estonian-Ukrainian “fire-folk” band Svjata Vatra had the audience singing along to his every word, while he juggled fire and played the sword,
…Svaja Vatra are an alarming bunch. For a start, they look like an unhinged band of muscular farm hands and they proceeded to create a fist-pumping rally-like atmosphere thanks to the audience knowing all of the words to all of the very strident songs. This gig was a lot of fun, believe you me, and I say that despite the fact that there were bag-pipes being played be a man who looked as if he was experiencing rather more pleasure than one should when blowing into those things. There was leaping. There was shouting. There was rhythmic cutlass-bashing and there was setting fire to things. Within reason, these are all active ingredients for a fine night out, I’m sure you’ll agree.
… A “fire-folk” band of truly masculine proportions. Live, they do not stop fucking your brain. Trombones, bagpipes, fire breathing and sword eating. It’s all here. Book them for your circus now.
…From the town of Viljandi comes the “fire-folk” band Svjata Vatra, fronted by singer Ruslan Trochynskyi who moved from Ukraine in 2005 and formed the band with Estonian musicians. The band, whose name means “sacred fire” in Ukrainian, is famous for using naked flames in its shows and for its rendition of the Ukrainian folk song “Kalina-Malina,” which has become a massive hit in Estonia. At a concert at Tallinn’s Teater NO99, fans sang along with the band.
…Efter mere mad og reception afholdt af den finske delegation gik turen til spillested/teatret No99, endnu et cool sted i den lille by. Her optrådte de nationale favoritter Svjata Vatra. Glimrende, energisk folkemusik med en snert af punk, ikke ulig The Pogues i deres velmagtsdage. Bandet havde efter sigende årets hit i 2010 i Estland, og den karismatiske leadvokalist, der stammer fra Ukraine, førte an i løjerne, og havde han ikke kæften i mikrofonen gav han den gas som sabeldanser med ild i sværdet eller på fuldfed trækbasun, der spillede fint op til resten af bandet, som bl.a. udmærkede sig ved at harmonika-manden spillede alle basgangene på sit instrument. Et band med potentiale der kunne blive et hit på en af Roskilde Festivalens intime scener.