A group of folk musicians in St. Petersburg, Russia, spontaneously formed Otava Yo in 2005. They wanted to create new inter-pretations of Russian folk music, open to everyone with open ears (and legs), and to revive neglected tunes from gone times.They ́ve been called «modern buffoons» and the music has been described as «communal groove». Both are true. Otava Yo playtheir music in a vigorous manner with uninhibited humour. They aim to shatter the cliché that Russian folk music is boring andundanceable. Their video «Sumetckaya» has been viewed more than 23 million times.