Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Pennywhistlers: Folksongs of Eastern Europe (1967)

Nonesuch H-2007

The Pennywhistlers were an American singing group. They specialized in Eastern European choral music, sung primarily a cappella.

This was from a record store in Davis, California, very reasonably priced at $1.99. It is in fair condition, with scratches affecting some of the tracks. It is not on CD.

From the LP: "To hear Bulgarian, Serbian, or Russian music performed so well that one forgets that one is listening to a group of American girls is ample proof of their work's high value... - Theodore Bikel"

More Pennywhistlers here.

Zaspala e Fida (Bulgarian)

Shto Mi e Milo (Macedonian)

Pastevecké "Helokanie" (Czechoslovakian)

Tudora (Bulgarian)

Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?


  1. I just thought of the Pennywhistlers after about 5 years of not thinking of them -- and at least 10 years since the last time I put on an lp. Thanks for the happy memories! - Petros

  2. Thank you -I have two vinyls, though no system for playing them effectively any more. I just love this, as well as the memories from first time around...

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    1. Hey Kurt, Thank you so much for these files.

      I own various Nonesuch Explorer Series LPs, and the Pennywhistlers are featured in Music from distant corners of the world compilation that I own.

      Though Im currently living in Mexico and theres no way to access this kind of stuff. Is there anyway you can post the rest of the songs for Download? Thanks again.

  4. Glad you liked the sample tracks. I only provide a few sample tracks from each LP. As it says in the sidebar, "I hope that these sample tracks will inspire you to track down this out-of-print music." Best of luck.

  5. What a treat to find these!