We have developed a characteristic sound through over four hundred
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live performances, largely influenced by Eastern European
gypsy/klezmer music, strains of South American and Italian folk, and what we
dream about at night when everybody else has gone to sleep.
Our shows are a blend of high energy and great musical complexity, ongoing
interchanging of instruments and languages, a blend of unusual compositions
and visceral folkloric music, and inescapable demands for encore after
We have played nearly everywhere conceivable in Amsterdam and have toured
Holland and the European lands to the West, East, and South. We play in
bars, squares, cafes, squats, and concert stages, in your living room, on
your laptop and on your rooftop.
We are a street band that plays in sold-out concert halls and a concert-hall
band that plays in plazas and squatted buildings.
We sing at the violin and the accordion, the guitar, the double & electric
bass, the drum-kit, the African dum-dum, the Andean charango & quena, and
our own voices.
We sing in Romani, German, Hungarian, Macedonian, and some languages we made up
Nothing you can see or hear on this website compares to seeing us live.
We have had the honour to play:
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Twice with Balog József and Agi, from Hungarian Gypsy band Etnorom, formerly of Kalyi Jag. József is the composer of
the beautiful "Mori Shej, Sabina". (2010.10, 2007.11)
In Hungary at Budapest's Gödör Klub and Veszprém Street Music Festival
Before legendary Colombian folk singer Toto la Momposina. (2010.08)
At Benelux's biggest world music festival, Festival Mundial, alongside
Flogging Molly, Babylon Circus, Calle 13, and Ozomatli (2010.06), and at the Tilburg Gipsy Festival alongside
Taraf de Haïdouks + Kočani Orkestar, Di Naye Kapelye, and Lajko Felix. (2012.06)
Before Macedonian Gypsy brass band Kočani Orkestar in Amsterdam. (2010.06)
Alongside Gypsy Klezmer Folk Punk rockers The Zydepunks in New Orleans. (2009.07)
For thousands of people as the closing act of Holland's Oerol Festival, at the Groene Strand. (2009.06)
Together with Hungarian Gypsy band Parno Graszt
in Budapest. (2007.08, 2009.01)
Hanging many meters off the ground in a geodesic circus tent (2008.01)
At village weddings and folk festivals in Hungary and Romania. (2007.06-2007.08)
Many times in Amsterdam's Melkweg. (2007.07, 2007.07, 2007.05, 2008.01) and Paradiso(2006.09, 2006.12, 2008.01, 2009.05, 2009.12)
In all of Holland's major cities and concert venues, as well as nearly every country in Europe
At the Roma Tent at Budapest's sziget festival (before being kicked
out by the proprietors, who found the lyrics too scandalous) (2007.07)
Countless times in Amsterdam's finest culture space, Cultureel Theehuis Mezrab