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Klezmer band
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Guaranteed to result in limb movement – a delightful fusion of fiddle, accordion, clarinet, furiously creating beautiful mayhem!

Our music could be described as East-West folk with dance. The songs tell of cultural customs, laments and desires and can be comically philosophical in celebrating the enjoyment of life despite its trials and tribulations. Our performances, whether in front of a large or small audience is, like the music, inclusive and shared with the audience, who, whenever possible, take to the floor for the infectious dance numbers. From traditional dance music to songs, Beskydy create magic and presence with their exceptional musical ability. Voice, strings, clarinet, percussion and accordion define the distinctive Beskydy sound. They are an inspiring ‘must see’ for traditional folk music lovers. The music of Beskydy has its roots in the dance rhythms and songs of Moravia, Bohemia and Slovakia, through whose lands the Beskydy mountains run – hence the name. They have expanded their repertoire to embrace the music of the Hungarian plains, the Danube basin and all the way down to the Black Sea, the souks and coffee-houses of Istanbul and across the sea to the bordellos of Odessa. Across these ancient trade routes, Jews, Gypsies, Ottomans, Celts and Magyars travelled carrying songs which endlessly re-invented themselves and crossed all political boundaries. Their music is Beskydy’s inspiration. Beskydy have performed at amongst other venues for; The Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, Union chapel, Arts Centres, Womad, Hackney Empire and have played several cafe series concerts at the The Royal Albert Hall, and have also enjoyed providing Foyer Music at The National Theatre and The Royal Festival Hall. They have toured, played numerous festivals were greatly privileged to perform on “Loose Ends” for the late Ned Sherrin. They were commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum along with The Real Tuesday Weld for their “Propaganda from the State of Love” show. They have also been awarded “Critics Choice: Live Performance” in Time Out Magazine.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We own a PA system
Folk, World music, Balkan, Greek music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Polish music, Polka
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Flatbush waltz
Skotschne (Louis Frailekh)
Skotschne No.2
Flying Bulgar
Mazel Tov
Siman Tov
Tanz Tanz Yiddelekh
Erev shel shoshanim
Russian Sher no.2
Der Heyser Bulgar
Fun Tashlekh
Araber Tantz
Hava nagila
Zemer Atik (Nigun Atik)
Slovak Waltzes
Ajde Jano
Old Trilogy
Porque Llorax
Ritka Magyar
Ota Zoy
Slovak Polkas
Odessa 1
Odessa 2
Khossid wedding dance
Tota Helpa


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Stuart U, 5 months ago

“We were absolutely delighted with Beskydy’s commitment, talent, and performance. They learned a piece specifically for my daughter’s wedding march, and their repertoire perfectly matched our guest list for a Jewish wedding which was also attended by family from the Balkans”

Folk R, 19 years ago

One of the hidden treasures of London…

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