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Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra

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About Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra

Potent songs, silky double-bass, fiery fiddling and smoking harmonicas.
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Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and rebel ballads to tango, rhumba and even reggae. Featuring Nye Parsons, one of the most captivating double-bassists you're likely to hear, and some of the finest instrumentalists on the British folk scene, their blend of virtuoso musicianship, witty political comment and a deep repertoire of powerful songs never fails to turn heads. The word Djukella is a common insult in the Balkans, meaning mongrel, and goes some way to describe the mixed provenance both of the music and the musicians themselves. In the past decade Jez and various djukellas have played well over a thousand gigs; from the Glastonbury Festival to the North Country Fair, New York to Taipei, Istanbul to the Iberian Peninsular.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Folk, Bluegrass, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Blues, Cabaret, Swing, World music, Reggae, Latin, Tango, Scottish music, Calypso, Balkan
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Burns night
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Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes. From solo to 6 piece, we can bring you exactly what you need.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

As long as it doesn't interfere with our touring schedule, we always try to be flexible.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, for an extra fee, as long as it fits in with our touring schedule.

How much time do you need to set up?

It depends on the line-up, and what PA/soundman you have, but normally 15-20 minutes. Never more than an hour.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes. If you want us to play acoustic.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

We can tailor our set-list to your desires (within reason), but we're not a jukebox. :)

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?


Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes. Within reason. For a small fee.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our skill, passion, variety, witty banter and way with an audience.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Glastonbury Festival Union Chapel Jazz Cafe North Country Fair Sasquatch Festival Priddy Folk Festival Taiwan Migration Music Fest +Many, many more.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

All of the best ones. Too many to list, in too many styles.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Glastonbury, I suppose.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1000
Up to 2 hours£1500
Up to 3 hours£2000


From customers:

FolkRadioUK, 5 years ago

Ridiculously enjoyable… an unequivocal thumbs up!

Living T, 6 years ago

Really astonishingly good.

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