Video footage of STARY OLSA (СТАРЫ ОЛЬСА), a neo-medieval folk band from Minsk, Belarus, performing a cover version of the METALLICA classic "One" on the program "Legends Live" ("Легенды Live") on the OHT channel can be seen below.
STARY OLSA was founded in 1999 by Zmicier Sasnouski and takes its name from a brook in the west part of Mahilou Region, Belarus. The band's repertoire includes Belarusian folk balladry and martial songs, Belarusian national dances, works of Belarusian Renaissance composers, compositions from Belarusian aulic music collections, Belarusian canticles of the 16th - early 17th centuries, as well as European popular melodies of the Middle Ages and renaissance.
STARY OLSA cooperates with many knight clubs from Belarus and Europe, museums and research centers, masters of early instruments, bands of folk, aulic, sacred and city avital music, as well as with solo performers using old instruments. The band's music makes it possible to restore sounding of many forgotten instruments.
STARY OLSA uses for its performances maximally exact (in appearance, technology and materials) copies of the age-old Belarusian instruments such as duda (bagpipe), lira (lyre), husli (psaltery), svirel (pipe), drymba (jew’s-harp), akaryna (ocarina), surma (trumpet), bierascianaja truba (birch bark trumpet), hudok (rebec) and baraban (drums). The purpose is to reconstruct completely (whenever possible) the musical traditions of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania where Belarus was the basic cultural and geopolitic part in the 13th-18th centuries, and where there was a unique synthesis of Belarusian folk and aulic music with the European musical achievements of that time.