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.
Over the last twenty years the band’s personnel has changed and now features core musicians Pete Watson, Frank Biddulph (violin) and David Ahmed (guitar), with other guests and associates. The group are now adept in a wide range of musical styles including gypsy jazz, French musette, tango, swing and folk music. A new CD (go to shop) was released in May 2019 and touring is planned for 2020 – watch this space for dates!
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13th 6.30pm GREENWICH MEAN TIME
The band will be live and direct on Resonance FM 104.4 on DJ Ritu’s show “A World in London”. Tune in online at www.resonancefm.com
Pic : St George’s Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, April 2018 with Andy Hamill on bass.