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Timocani Trumpet Band at Rtanj Festival: Audio Blog

This post really dates back to July 6 when we went to the Rtanj Mountain festival, but I just got a chance to put the music files together that I recorded of the band. They're an awesome trumpet band called Timocani and when you listen to them play (and yes -- drink still more rakija) it's hard not to feel just a little Serbian.

The Rtanj Festival started as a religious celebration, and morphed into a celebration of the flowering season on Rtanj Mountain, near Sokobanja. Rtanj is famous for the plants that only grow on that particular mountain. They are used for medicinal teas and oils and other things -- including wreaths for girls big and small.  People from all the surrounding villages hop in cars, or on tractors and ride up the mountain -- some to pick flowers, and some to party. Some camp out the night before -- some arrive the day of. So if you happen to have a lamb roasting on a spit and a bottle of homemade plum brandy nearby, you can listen to these recordings of Timocani and have your own Rtanj festival wherever you are right now.

Timocani in action -- I dare you not to tap your foot... ...or climb on the table and dance!

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Reader Comments (8)

Listening to the music and looking at an enlarged picture of Ella simply brought tears to my eyes. What a blessing for your children and you. Absolutely wonderful!

Jul 19, 2009 at 4:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterSlocum Family

Two and a half hours to the top of Rtanj from where Ella was standing when that picture was taken. I'll meet you guys there next year at 7am, and we'll summit. Eye ham no joke.

Great recordings you guys!

Jul 19, 2009 at 6:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterPaul

That audio is awesome. I also like that we can click pictures and see them larger. Even a bit bigger would be great. Now video... Ah so demanding. It looks great guys.

Jul 19, 2009 at 7:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterGerry

WOW!!!!! HEY!!!!! I'M DANCING!!
Thanks Redpath's
Keep on Posting!

Jul 19, 2009 at 11:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterDarleen

I agree.. Thanks for the ability to click to larger images. and the audio is awesome.! LOVE THE AUDIO.... Even if it's just a conversation with someone. ;)

Jul 20, 2009 at 2:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterCliff Ravenscraft

Great picture of Ella Bella!


Jul 20, 2009 at 9:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterMom

Great audio and pictures. Really enjoying the posts.

Jul 20, 2009 at 12:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterRupert & Keren

Wow - I love the music. And ... Ella ... Dear Ella. She is her mother's daughter! Those pigs are crazy too! I'm loving every minute for you guys!

Sep 9, 2009 at 9:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

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