I play the accordion although I’m not very good (good thing I don’t have a cat!), and for some reason eastern slavic folk music has a strong influence on my soul. Maybe I should buy an accordion like this one lol. I think it’s called “гармошка”.
I knew a Soviet musicologist from Leningrad. He was interested mainly in people like Bulat Okudzhava and Vladimir Vysotsky. He couldn’t stand the Soviet era mass music. Especially Katyusha.
Not sure if your musical taste stretches to light opera, but Shostokovich wrote the music for a piece called Rayok. It’s about a satire on Stalin and his ministers explaining what music should be. Shostokovich incoorporated little pieces of various songs like Kalinka into the music.
I have nothing against Katyusha but youtube is filled with those songs and they get old. And I can listen to opera although I’m not a devoted fan or anything. I listened to Pavarotti some. My music taste is all over the place. It’s hard to sum it up quickly.
That’s a nice mix of this singing style and rock. I really like some types of non-conventional vocal, like the style of Karsten Troyke (a Yiddish-singing artist although he’s actually German) and even Mongolian throat singing (lol…?). It doesn’t have to involve an “authentic” folk band at all. Thanks. Now I have to at least try and find the CD.