The band was formed in 1987 in the most underdeveloped - and culturally most authentic region of Hungary - in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county. Their name, PARNO GRASZT means WHITE HORSE: “White” as the symbol of purity, “Horse” as the symbol of freedom.
The core of the band consists of nine musicians, the expanded number is eighteen - including ten dancers of three generations – with ages from 10 to 72.
If a guest visits their small village in time of wedding, christening, funeral, ball or any other kind of ceremony, he will experience that the whole population takes part in the band - the instruments go from hand to hand and everybody is a dance master. Maybe this spirit of living tradition makes their concerts such a frenetic celebration.
The band adapted almost every Gypsy folk song from different parts of Hungary and also from the neighbouring countries. They play different communities' authentic music with the aim to save the traditions, the musical and dancing culture of the Gypsy society and to share them with the audience.
The band represents a special dialect of Gypsy music. Besides the typical tunes they take over Hungarian melodies into their songs. They have not only performed but also created folklore during the recording of their albums. They use traditional instruments like guitar, double bass, tamboura and also unique ones like spoons, water can, 'oral bass' and the taragot. These instruments are only known in original Gypsy folk music. The songs reflect a wide range of emotions of Gypsies.
Their first album was released in May 2002 by the renowned Hungarian folk label, FONÓ RECORDS. Not long after the official release the album hit Nr. 7 on the WORLD MUSIC CHARTS EUROPE which was at least surprising since never before any Hungarian bands got into the Top Ten. Since then the songs of Parno Graszt are being played continouosly by numerous European world music radio stations.
01.Rávágok a zongorára
02.Tu zsanesz - Te tudod
03.Zsotar - Elmegyek
04.Majdik aba szokero - Majd megnézem, mit csinálok
05.Kodi phenel mange - Azt mondja nekem
06.Odi phenel cino savo - Azt mondja a kisfiam
08.Te na mero - Ne haljak meg
09.Khade sukar - Igy szép
10.Dikho aba le cserhaja - Nézem a csillagos eget
11.Khele le cinisej - Tancol a ciganylay
12.Ratyake phiro - Este járok
13.Sukar szi muri romnyi - Szép a feleségem
14.Retyija pijo - Pálinkat iszok
15.Vojake save - Jókedvű fiúk
16.Cirde muri giji - Húzd el a notámat
17.Ande gava - Jarom a falut
18.Dhukal muro jilo - Fáj a szivem
19.Parno graszt - Fehér ló
21.Szaszman Devla Piranyi/Volt szeretőm
József OLÁH (tamboura, guitar, vocals)
Géza BALOGH (guitar, vocals)
János JAKOCSKA (guitar, vocals)
János OLÁH (double-bass, vocals)
István NÉMETH (water cans, oral bass)
Sándor HORVÁTH (vocals, spoons)
Krisztián OLÁH (accordion)
Mária BALOGH (vocals)
Mária VÁRADI (vocals)
László FEHÉR - taragot
Kálmán BAKOS - viola