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For one week in every five years, two thousand singers, dancers and musicians along with fifty thousand spectators make their way to the small town of Gjirokastra in southern Albania for the Festivali Folkloric Kombelar. In the great castle overlooking the town, they participate in the incredible National Folk Festival of Albania, hoping to attain the highest level of interpretation and win one of the many awards available the festival… the banner, even.

Considering the comparatively small size of the country (just over three million inhabitants) the range of instruments, styles and costumes seen at the festival is exceptional, sustaining a folk tradition that dates back to ancient Illyria.

The works presented here in volume one are all live recordings made at the Gjirokastra Festival, taken from six of the 26 participating districts: Vlora, Gjirokastra and Lorca from the south, and Shkodra, Debra and Tropoja from the north (see map).

The original compact disc, released in 1990, was a collaboration between The Institute of Popular Culture, Tirana, The Albanian Shop Ltd. and Touch.

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released July 12, 2019

Compiled by Mike Harding, Liam McDowall & Jon Wozencroft
Notes revised by Mike Harding, May 2018

Edited from the original 1/4” tapes, mastered and produced by Touch
Cut by Jason @ Transition
Design: Jon Wozencroft
With thanks to Liam McDowell & Don Bey and also to Spiro Shituni, Institute of Popular Culture, Tirana

P with a circle 1990/2019 Touch
C with a circle The Albanian Shop Ltd/Touch
All songs public domain

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