At a glance
Balkan & Klezmer ensemble
among the finest klezmer ensembles on the planetThe Australian
Hailed as “one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain” (The Evening Standard), She'Koyokh's evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London’s Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe.
Hailed as “one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain” (The Evening Standard) and “among the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet” (The Australian), She'Koyokh's evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London’s Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Gasteig in Munich and London’s Southbank Centre. As well as TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and World on 3, She’Koyokh has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, WOMAD, the inaugural WOMAD Fuerteventura and was nominated as Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards 2012. The band has collaborated with the Aurora Orchestra at LSO St Luke's, St George’s Bristol and the Brighton Dome.
She'Koyokh's members hail from the UK, Serbia, Sweden and Turkey, forging a unique sound that is traditional yet original. Their live shows are an expertly crafted, multi-lingual exploration from the Baltic to the Black Sea with songs in Yiddish, Russian, Greek, Ladino, Romany, Turkish and Kurdish with klezmer instrumentals and dance tunes from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.
She'Koyokh runs klezmer and Balkan music workshops which have recently included Edinburgh and Aberdeen universities, the Jersey Academy of Music and a week of workshops with the Aldeburgh Young Musicians which culminated in a performance at the Snape Proms.
Two of the band’s albums are released by ARC Music, the latter of which was described in fROOTS as "sophisticated, multi-lingual and where klezmer in Britain should be headed for right now” and received a five-star review in Songlines hailing She’Koyokh as “Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music band”, earning the disc a Songlines ‘Top of the World’ accolade and subsequent nomination in the Best Band category of the Songlines Music Awards 2012. She’Koyokh’s eagerly-awaited third album, Wild Goats and Unmarried Women, was released in March 2014 by World Music Network and has been received with great acclaim, receiving 5 star reviews in the Evening Standard and The Australian and 4 stars in the Guardian.
She'Koyokh have a jam-packed schedule of performances this season as well as the eagerly-awaited release of their fourth album. Read more
Songlines Encounters Festival marks 3 months to go! Read more
She'Koyokh set to take to the stage at Rich Mix for a collaboration with Los Desterrados Read more
She'Koyokh release dates for Autumn after a whirlwind summer album tour Read more
She'Koyokh head to Cyprus to celebrate the launch of a new film festival and receive more accolades for their new disc Read more
Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music bandSimon Broughton, Songlines
Our ears tingled as Meg Hamilton’s violin spiralled and sobbed through a wordless Jewish prayer, and two clarinets duelled with the drummer during the climactic Serbian Rumba.Geoff Brown, The Times, Klezmahler with the Aurora Orchestra
It’s sophisticated, it’s multi-lingual, and it might be an important hint of where klezmer in Britain is headed right nowJohn Pheby, fRoots
How utterly wonderful it was to hear a genuine melting pot of beautiful, pan-European music, skilfully and lovingly crafted by a troupe of fabulous musicians. They left the sold-out crowd in awe of the fiery and fiercely passionate music on offer.Isle of Man Today
Selected Discography —
Wild Goats & Unmarried Women
Tony hillier, The Australian
among the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet
Simon Broughton, Songlines
Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music band
Chris Williams, fRoots
She’Koyokh have been stars of the UK klezmer scene for some time and are celebrated for their live performances… This is a fine dance album, high-spirited, and with a promise of much more.
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