“The best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain” The Evening Standard

Since bursting on to the klezmer and Balkan music scene in the early naughties, busking at London’s East End markets, this outstanding band has been at the forefront of UK’s world music scene, releasing four critically acclaimed studio albums and bringing the stunning polyphonic melodies and intricate rhythms of Bulgaria, treasured traditions of Serbian villages, exhilarating Gypsy dances from the Romanian mountains andsoulful Sephardic and klezmer music of Turkey, Macedonia, Poland and Ukraine to new stages, venues, radio stations and audiences.

She’Koyokh is a Yiddish word meaning “nice one. The band’s musical journey spans 1950s New York introduced with a brooding clarinet solo into Yiddish Swing tune ‘Second Avenue Square Dance’ to entertaining duets sung in Turkish and Serbian. Added to the mix is an Albanian folk song popular in southern Kosovo, a steamy quarrel between mother-in-laws in a Turkish sauna, a love song for a Gypsy girl with penetrating green eyes, and a beautiful Armenian song called “Migration”.

Back in 2008 She’Koyokh was awarded first prize in the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. In 2012 the ensemble was shortlisted for ‘best group’ in the Songlines World Music Awards. She’Koyokh has played WOMAD UK and WOMAD Fuerteventura, Sziget Festival, Kypria Festival (Cyprus), the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Jewish music festivals in Germany and Poland, London’s Southbank Centre, the Snape Proms, BBC Radio, and in collaboration with the Aurora Orchestra at St George’s Bristol and the Brighton Dome, as well as TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and World on 3. 

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