Vardos

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Vardos

Led by extrovert Alana on violin, chased by Sofia on accordion and Kirri on double bass, VARDOS bring you the latest Balkan hits, legends, village wedding tunes and burning laments.

Formed late last century, VARDOS have travelled through Eastern Europe on horse-drawn carts in the quest of Roma (gypsy) musicians, played in every state of Australia, toured to Europe, Britain and the Pacific and showcased in the U.S.

VARDOS performed at the West Meets East Roma and Traveller Festival (London), Museum of the Bohemian (Amsterdam) and Szent Ivan Folk Festival (Hungary).

They have also been featured on "Spicks and Specks" ABC TV with their extreme folk versions of poprock, appeared at the Forum Theatre with. Supports include "The Cat Empire", "Paprikus Balkanicus" "Besh o Drom" and "Antal Szalai Gypsy Band" (both from Hungary), Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club (Cuba), and the Gipsy Kings (France).

Vardos have just released their fourth album, "Until it's time to go".

"With stagecraft that is equal parts formation dancing, martial arts and Keystone Cops, the violin-accordion-double bass trio play with formidable panache, spinning the tunes into a dizzying procession of crescendos and false stops. ...Vardos don´t hold back."

**** Rob Adams, The Herald, Edinburgh

"Alana Hunt’s soaring violin… slapped double bass … supple accordion combine on a collection of 17 Hungarian and Romanian tunes and songs that show us that their frequent visits to Eastern Europe have made them a truly exciting band." Lucky Oceans, The Planet, of VARDOS CD "Wild Side of the Village"

"a ...traditional and acoustic sound, with the wild fiddle of Alana Hunt.. The virtuosity is just faultless, making it a joy to listen to." Geoff Burton, fROOTS magazine, UK, of VARDOS CD "Entertaining Countess Dracula"

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