Koliadnyky are Hutsul winter song singers. They are from Kryvorivnia, a village in the Carpathian Mountains which has preserved an ancient winter ritual that now coincides with Christmas, but is much older in its origin, traditions and symbolism.
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The Koliadnyky from Kryvorivnia perform on unique instruments. Trembita is a Carpathian mountain horn made of a hollowed pine tree that has been struck by lightning and wrapped in birch bark. In the villages they are only used during the Koliada and at funerals. The fiddle is played in the Carpathian style. The musicians also play duda, a bag pipe made from a goat, and tsymbaly, a hammer dulcimer, and a variety of hand-made Carpathian flutes including the tylynka.
Ivan Zelenchuk, is the lead singer or bereza of the Koliadnyky. Mykola Zelenchuk, the son of Ivan,is both a winter song singer and the best trembita (mountain long horn) player in the village. Mykola Ilyuk is a master fiddler and plays most traditional instruments. Vasyl Tymchuk plays the tsymbaly (hammer dulcimer). Ostap Kostyuk plays the duda (bagpipes) and various flutes.