Since gaining independence in 1991, Georgia has been a land of political disorder, culminating in the peaceful Rose Revolution of 2003.
Lucy Duran travels to this little-visited country to find out how its ancient musical traditions have fared after decades of occupation and instability.
|01||20071215||Music recorded on location for the programme includes lively polyphonic drinking songs and the beautiful choral music of the Georgian Church.|
|20071222||Lucy Duran continues her musical journey through Georgia.|
She travels to the highest and remotest part of Europe, Svaneti.
An area of extraordinary natural beauty, it's also infamous for its banditry and war-lording, as well as being home to some of the world's oldest music.
With the help of the Georgian military, World Routes makes rare location recordings of these wild songs.