Marama Cafe Band

This band led by Pete Watson (accordion) is usually a quartet accordion – violin – guitar – bass and features Frank Biddulph (violin), David Ahmed (guitar) Nick Kacal, Julia Doyle or Rupert Gillett (double bass) and works with other musicians Toby Nowell (guitar, trumpet, saxophone, vocals) and Tamara Raven (vocals, violin).  The band play arrangements of French musette tunes and tangos, Hungarian gypsy music and swing tunes.  We also sometimes play 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.

GIGS & EVENTS   2024

February 3rd – 4th   Brasserie Zedel, London

April 6 – 7th. Brasserie Zedel, London

May 17th The Green Note, London, England.

May 18th. National Theatre, London, England.

May 25th – 26th. Brasserie Zedel, London, England


June 8th 2-5pm St George’s Gardens, Handel Street Bloomsbury,  London WC1N 1PD

****.  Free entry Garden Party  ****


RADIO SHOW Resonance FM 104.4 Broadcast DJ Ritu’s show

“A World in London”.



Pete Watson


Pete leads the band. The band combines  stage chemistry, slick arrangements and skilled improvisation in different genres.

David Ahmed


Dylan-inspired Londoner David Ahmed moved quickly on to folk mandolin and tenor banjo in his youth, before discovering the legacy of Django Reinhardt.  He performs with many Gypsy Swing ensembles in the UK and Europe. Fiery and melodic emotionalism is the essence of his style.

Toby Nowell

Trumpet, guitar, sax, vocals

Multi-instrumental Toby Nowell comes from a long lineage of professional musicians. A talented jazz player, he is also well known for playing Balkan Brass (Balkanatics) and Afro-Beat  Bukky Leo’s Black Egypt).

Frank Biddulph


Frank Biddulph is a violinist and educational composer. He is arranger in residence for In Harmony Lambeth, where he specialises in writing inspiring pieces for young strings ensembles.

An experienced performer in a range of music styles from Gypsy Jazz, Klezmer, Turkish and North African to Irish, Scottish and English folk music,  he has toured extensively internationally, recorded for BBC John Peel sessions, and was commissioned by Julian Lloyd Webber in 2011 to write a piece for cello solo.

Nick Kacal


Nick Kaçal (pronounced Kasaal) is a double bassist and audio engineer. Originally from Trinidad, he studied Electroacoustics at Salford University (graduating in 1990) where he was inspired by the Manchester jazz scene.  

Since then he has played widely on the London music scene playing predominantly jazz and acoustic folk, occasionally touring to places such as Cape Verde, France and Spain.  He has formed his own group, Guerillasound.


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