This band led by Pete Watson (accordion) features Frank Biddulph (violin), David Ahmed (guitar) and Nick Kacal (bass). The band play Pete’s arrangements of French musette tunes and tangos, Hungarian gypsy music arranged by Frank and swing tunes and arrangements led by David. Live performances include other musical styles including gypsy jazz, klezmer, Irish folk, and world music. Latest CD (see shop) released May 2019.
The band originally formed in 1999 to play the music of Romanian folk singer Maria Tanase and featured Romanian vocalist Ileana Rozavlea (vocals), Dominic Coltman (violin), and Oliver Baldwin (bass). The group toured the UK, created a Romanian music festival at the Union Chapel in London and released the CD Sapte Vai.
GIGS & EVENTS
The band plays regularly at various venues in the London area such as the Green Note, Brasserie Zedel, The Crypt, The Quecumbar etc and is in demand for parties and functions. Recent visits further afield include Bath, Oxford, Leeds, and Romania (in 2015).
November 13th 2019 Resonance FM 104.4 Broadcast DJ Ritu’s show “A World in London”.see highlights here :
ALL 2020 EVENTS after March were cancelled or postponed
Sunday June 6th 2021 St George’s Gardens, Bloomsbury, London (afternoon from 2pm)
Sunday June 6th 2021 Le Quecumbar, London (from 630pm)
AUTUMN 2021 / SPRING 2022
Watch this space for gigs coming up in the London area and national touring in England and Wales.
Pic from St George’s Gardens, London, April 2018