I'm in the process of gathering info and photos/old postcards dealing with
the subject of blind hurdy-gurdy players (Lirnyky) from Ukraine.
The history of the lirnyky is intriguing as it is tragic, culminating in
their planned "elimination" during the purges of Stalin in the 1930's.
My particular fascination is for those wandering lirnyky that roamed Western
Ukraine (incorporating parts of Eastern Poland and South Belyrossia as
boundaries changed in the course of history).
Factual evidence exists in the form of early photos/picture postcards not
to mention cylindrical recordings.
Perhaps you or others on your mailing list might have something of interest
to help me in my quest to gather as much visual info as possible. Early
postcards/photos were certainly sent from Ukraine to Poland,Moldova,
Hungary. Bylerossia and to Europe generally.
I am aware of and strongly recommend all hurdy gurdy enthusiasts to read the
book by Natalie Kononenko entitled "Ukrainian Minstrels - and the blind
shall sing". -
Check out on the net;
www.Brama.com - Arts and Culture - Music - click on the yellow book
entitled Ukrainian Minstrels
Anticipating your help in this matter and hope to hear from you in due
By tombstones - S.Butnyk from Poltava.jpg
House visitor by K.Pokhvalskyj 1885.jpg
Kolomiya area early 1900's.jpg