is nominated for the UPBEAT Awards 2023 in Best New Talent category. 


About the Nominee

Wernyhora are inspired by the heritage of Polish-Ukrainian borderlands. Their harmonious fusion of traditional melodies, historic and folk instruments and current interpretation make for spellbinding music. Their unique trio consists of charismatic vocalist Daria Kosiek, string maestro Anna Oklejewicz and prodigious arranger Maciej Harna on the lirnyk (hurdy-gurdy).

The group has been lauded with some of the most prestigious awards in the Polish folk scene: at Festiwal Nowa Tradycja (New Tradition Festival) in 2021 and the Mikołajki Folkowe in 2020. Their acclaim was further cemented by the release of two CDs in quick succession, each honoured with second place in the Folk Phonogram of the Year by Polish Radio in 2022 and 2023 respectively.

The band’s repertoire extends to over 60 performances domestically and internationally, with live celebrations of Carpathian tradition at the Rudolstadt Festival in Germany, World Music Festival Bratislava in Slovakia, Ethno Port Festival in Poznań and EtnoRozstaje in Kraków, Poland.


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Best New Talent 2023