The Marama café band formed in 1999 featuring Romanian vocalist Ileana Rozavlea (vocals), Dominic Coltman (violin), Oliver Baldwin (bass) and Pete Watson (accordion). The group toured the UK, created a Romanian music festival at the Union Chapel in London and released the CD Sapte Vai, featuring arrangements of Romanian folk music and songs of Maria Tanase.
The band now features core musicians Pete Watson (accordion), Frank Biddulph (violin) David Ahmed (guitar) and Nick Kacal (bass). The group are now adept in a wide range of musical styles including gypsy jazz, klezmer, Irish folk, French musette, tango, swing and world music. A new CD (go to shop) was released in May 2019.
GIGS & EVENTS
Nov 13th 2019 Resonance FM 104.4 Broadcast DJ Ritu’s show “A World in London”.see highlights here :
Saturday March 21st Private event (Bar Mitzvah) North London
Sunday March 22nd Brasserie Zedel, London
Saturday June 6th St George’s Gardens, Bloomsbury, London
Saturday July 11th Friends Meeting house, Oxford
Pic : St George’s Gardens, London, April 2018 with Andy Hamill on bass.