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DRÓMENO is a long-time favorite band at Balkanalia and other Balkan dance events in the Pacific Northwest. Led by Christos Govetas and Ruth Hunter, the band presents regional folk music from the Greek mainland and beyond, overlapping into the surrounding regions and finding the musical legacy that connects the traditions of the Balkans. Featuring clarinet and voices, the instrumentation includes accordion, saxophone, violin, oud, bouzouki, zourna, guitar, laouto, kanun and percussion, and enables the group to span the sounds of Greek music, from western Macedonia and Ipiros, through Thessaly, Thrace and Asia minor.
For Balkanalia, Orkestar Unbound will combine infectious dance repertoire from bands Zabava and Black Sea Surf, for traditional and surf-rock music from North Macedonia, Turkey, and other Mediterranean ports. Band leader Bill Cope has led several bands at Balkanalia before. This year’s line-up will bring back Corinne Sykes, Michele Simon, Dan Auvil, Marko Danilovski, and Tom Farris.
They’re back! Donka and Nikolai Kolev once again have brought their friends over from Bulgaria and are touring the States. They perform traditional folk songs and dances from throughout Bulgaria on traditional instruments. It doesn’t get more authentic than this!