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Thu, 25 February 2016

Vardos gigs March 2016

Filed under: acoustic music, world music, folk music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 1:44 pm

Sunday 28 Feb 11am-2pm Dandenong Market Cleeland/ Clow St Dandenong. The Market is the centre of community life, bringing together 150 different nationalities under one roof. It’s here you will find an amazing variety of fresh local produce, fruits and vegetables, spices, rices, lentils, beans and nuts. Dandenong Market is a haven for bargain hunters, a utopia for treasure seekers and paradise for food lovers of any description.
Sat 5 March 3pm
Mesopotamia Festival, Belle Ville, Globe Alley, Melbourne, Australia 3000 . With Vulgargrad, Smadj (France), Bashka, DJ Systa BB and more!
Thurs 10 March 6.30pm Coburg Library, Corner Victoria and Louisa Streets, Coburg Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma musicians. Local Moreland band Vardos bring their energetic music to Coburg Library. Driven by Alana’s wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing. Free event.Public transport: Sydney Road tram Jewell and Brunswick Stations on the Upfield train line are ten minutes walk. Bus routes 504, 506, 508 and 509 have bus stops on nearby side streets off Sydney Road.

Thurs 10 March 6pm
Women without Borders’, International Women’s Day event. Eltham Community Reception Centre 801 Main Rd Eltham Tickets are $30 (dinner and drinks).Bookings are essential; tickets are available for purchase throughwww.trybooking.com/176502 by 26 February 2016. Vardos play 9pm.

Friday 11 March 6.30pm Várdos Trio & Folk Dancing Korona Csárda 760 Boronia Road, Wantirna VIC 3152, Australia. This has proven to be a very successful event at Korona Csarda with Vardos playing live and Gyöngyösbokreta dancers (along with improvised performances by the waiting staff) ensuring it will be an outstanding night. Dinner: Buffet $55 p/p / No BYO Event / Seats are Limited!!! To book please call 9801 8887

Sunday 13 March 6.30pm Dandenong World Fare Dandenong Market, Cleeland/ Clow St Dandenong. Delight in market classics and exotic new tastes when Dandenong Market transforms into an outdoor pop-up food bazaar showcasing the best of our region’s delicious multicultural cuisine and street food. With 25 delicious street food traders outside, and 15 inside. The live music will keep visitors entertained and kids will love the face painting and craft workshops.

Easter 2016, 23-28 March
Szászcsávási Dance Camp Canberra, Birrigai, Block 10 Paddy’s River Road Tharwa, ACT Australia.
Come and learn the beautiful and wild Hungarian and Romanian dances from the village of Szászcsávás. Guest teachers all the way from Hungary: Kovacs Norbert and Lorincz Hortenzia. Dance to Live Music from the Transylvaniacs and Vardos.

Sun, 4 October 2015

Flamenco Fire - Viva Sevilla The Golden Age of Flamenco

Filed under: acoustic music, world music, contemporary music, folk music, Gigs — site admin @ 3:08 pm

Flamenco Fire - Viva Sevilla
The Golden Age of Flamenco
Cremorne Theatre - QPAC (Southbank)
28 January - 6 February 2016
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Flamenco Fire returns to QPAC with Viva Sevilla – The Golden Age of Flamenco! Directed by composer / guitarist Andrew Veivers and featuring dancer Francesca ‘La Chica’ Grima, singer Olayo Jimenez and percussionist Andrej Vujicic - direct from Spain - performing alongside Australia’s finest flamenco artists - dancer Simone Pope, singer Clara Domingo, guitarist Kieren Ray and violinist Shenton Gregory. Viva Sevilla is a beautifully crafted show that reveals the flamenco art form in all of its guises. From contemporary festive dances to heart wrenching traditional songs, to fiery guitar ensemble pieces, Flamenco Fire will transport you to España……¡Olé!

Folk Horizons Queensland Multicultural Centre

Filed under: world music, contemporary music, Live Music Venues, Gigs, General — site admin @ 3:07 pm

Folk Horizons
Queensland Multicultural Centre (Kangaroo Point)
2 October 2015
A night of Eastern-European Music!

The beautiful vocals of Innessa and Anastasiya will leave you mesmerised. Innessa and Anastasiya are two renowned Eastern-European singers with extensive experiences performing locally and internationally. Eastern-European Folk songs will be performed by Innessa and her 4 piece band in a traditional yet fresh style, followed by Anastasia’s rendition of Folk Songs in a modern, up-beat style.

There will be Special guests, dancers and other surprises! Come as early as 5pm to have a drink and to try delicious european Pirozhki (pies) before the Show!

Thu, 27 August 2015

Vardos in Spring

Filed under: acoustic music, world music, folk music, Gigs — site admin @ 1:05 pm

Saturday 19 Sept 2015 2.45pm
Sunshine Lantern Festival Hampshire Road, Sunshine, Vic. 10am to 8pm- a free family friendly festival with amazing Fireworks to bring in the Full Moon. Vardos play from 2.45- 3.45.
Friday 25 September 2015 7pm Czech and Slovak Film Festival Closing Night: The Magic Voice of a Rebel plus party in the ACMI Lightwell, Federation Square Melbourne. Includes cocktail upon arrival in the cinema at 7.00pm, first drink at the party free, nibbles and live music, including a tribute to Marta Kubišová by Vardos!
Friday 9 October 2015 Várdos Trio & Folk Dancing Korona Csárda 760 Boronia Road, Wantirna VIC 3152, Australia. This has proven to be a very successful event at Korona Csarda. Vardos and the Gyöngyösbokreta dancers (with improvised performances by the waiting staff) ensure both an outstanding night of entertainment and a full house. Dinner: Buffet $49/p No BYO Event. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL CONTACT: 9801 8887
Wednesday 28 October 9-11pm Open Studio , 204 High St, Northcote. $8/ $10 at the door. More details soon. Dinner: Buffet $49/p No BYO Event. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL CONTACT: 9801 8887
Fri 20 - Sun 22 Nov 2015 Mullum Music Festival Mullumbimby NSW Australia

Easter 2016, 23-28 March Szaszcsavasi Dance Camp Canberra, Birrigai, Block 10 Paddy’s River Road Tharwa, ACT Australia. Come and learn the beautiful and wild Hungarian and Romanian dances from the village of Szaszcsavas. Guest teachers all the way from Hungary: Kovacs Norbert and Lorincz Hortenzia. Dance to Live Music from the Transylvaniacs and Vardos. Registration form attached.

A Concert for David Marama aka Mr Clean @ Howler on 11th October

Filed under: acoustic music, Fundraising, world music, contemporary music, folk music, Gigs — site admin @ 12:48 pm

Sunday Oct 11th
Howler, Brunswick
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
The Royal Swazi Spa
Afro-Lankan

The Melbourne music family and African communities come together for a massive concert to celebrate David Marama’s brilliant contribution to live music in Melbourne. The event features The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Ray Pereira’s Afro-Lankan drum ensemble and the township jazz sounds of the Royal Swazi Spa with all proceeds donated to Marama as he recovers from a recent illness.

Highly regarded and well respected in the community, David is an accomplished multi-award winning artist originally from Malawi/Tanzania and has performed alongside some of the world’s best musicians in Africa and Australia. With an illustrious career spanning over more than three decades, his distinctive and ubiquitous guitar playing style can be heard on many fine African recordings.

Hosted by award winning journalist Santilla Chingaipe (SBS News), the soiree will commence with a sensational Afro-Lankan drumming performance led by percussion maestro Ray Pereira, followed by the laid back township jazz flavoured sound of Royal Swazi Spa. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will then take the stage as the final act for a grand performance reminiscent of Fela Kuti’s sound, followed by some of Melbourne’s greatest DJs, keeping the dance floor pulsing for the rest of the night!

Doors open at 4:00pm and tickets are available TODAY from http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/a-concert-for-david-marama-aka-mr-clean/80126

Don’t miss out on this huge night of African music and a chance to celebrate and support one of Melbourne’s most influential African musicians.

Sunday Oct 11th
Howler, Brunswick
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
The Royal Swazi Spa
Afro-Lankan

plus DJs Manchild (PBS-FM)
Chris Gill (RRR)
Systa BB (RRR)
Mpaphi Nfandizo (Botswana)

Thu, 2 July 2015

Ced Le Meledo

Filed under: world music, contemporary music, folk music — site admin @ 9:52 am

Ced Le Meledo performs
14 July Evening star Sth Melbourne 8:30 to 10:45 (with band BRIC A BRAC)
19 July Vic Art Gallery 4:00 to 5:00

Fri, 16 January 2015

Vardos

Filed under: acoustic music, world music, folk music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 12:34 pm

Hello and Happy New year!
We hope you are enjoying 2015.
Look what the amazing József Trefeli from Compagnie József Trefeli in Switzerland has to say about us!
“VARDOS are the be-all and end-all of high energy music in Australia. This trio of powerful performers take the audience’s eyes and ears on an extraordinary musical journey around Eastern Europe. Alana, with her dynamic gusto on lead violin, whips the band into a frenzy to deliver tune after tune of uplifting musical moments. Kirri drives the bass-line through each song with chutztpah and oomph from her double bass that you can feel from your guts all the way down to your feet while Sofia bounces from accordion, to song, to viola for a varied multilingual, multi-instrumental show. Irresistible: don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing. This extravaganza of gypsy music is not to be missed! ”

Here are some upcoming and varied Vardos events to kick off 2015. We start in Sydney.

Go to the amazing 30th Illawarra Folk Festival! 16-18 Jan, more information at
https://www.facebook.com/illawarrafolkfestival

Then we return to Melbourne. Don’t miss out the one and only
“Circus Minimus Koronitus” with Vardos. Entertainment for the whole night!
Directed by Boka Gábor. Friday 23rd January 6:30pm
Korona Csárda Hungarian restaurant 760 Boronia Rd Wantirna
Dinner: 3 courses set menu. Price: $42 Children $20. No BYO Event
Bookings: 9801 8887

Then we are performing at the fabulous
South Melbourne Night Market Coventry St, South Melbourne. For eight glorious weeks, the city’s oldest market transforms at twilight into a magical night market, offering hawker-style food, copious stalls, eclectic entertainment and music at one major cultural feast. Free entry.
https://www.southmelbournenightmarket.com.au/whats-on.php

We look forward to seeing you at one of these events.
All the best!
Vardos
http://www.vardos.com.au/

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