Driven by violinist Alana, chased by Kirri (double bass) and Sofia (accordion), Vardos play folk and Romany music learnt from Roma (Gypsy) musicians during their Eastern European travels. Formed late last century, Vardos have played in every state of Australia, toured to Europe, Britain, New Zealand, New Caledonia and the U.S. and appeared in film and television.
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the band, as well as the 20 year anniversary of Sofia and Alana!
Vardos have made many trips through Eastern Europe. International performances include the West Meets East Roma and Traveller Festival (London), Museum of the Bohemian (Amsterdam) Szent Ivan Folk Festival (Hungary), The Famous Spiegeltent (Edinburgh Fringe), bars in Berlin and guinguettes in Provence, France.
Aside from their successful shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Vardos appeared on Scottish television and the BBC News, and were nominated for the BBC Radio3 World Music Awards and have also been Aria award finalists. Their 5th album, ‘Palazzo Party’ was released mid 2017, with launches in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne.
Performances in Australia include the Falls Festival in Marion Bay, Tasmania, Lorne Victoria and Byron Bay NSW, the National Folk Festival, Harvest Festival, Dark MOFO Tasmania, Junction Arts Festival Launceston Tasmania, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Fairbridge Festival in W.A. and the Alice Desert Festival.
‘With stagecraft that is equal parts formation dancing, martial arts and Keystone Cops, the violin-accordion-double bass trio play with formidable panache, spinning the tunes into a dizzying procession of crescendos and false stops. Vardos don´t hold back. They give the tumbling, compound-time dances and slow airs- so sad they can´t bring themselves to sing the words- both barrels and not a few of Hunt´s bow hairs.’ **** Rob Adams, The Herald, Edinburgh
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