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Jez Hellard and The Djukella Orchestra

In the bar from 8pm - Free Entry - Donations welcome

Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and rebel ballads to tango, rhumba and even reggae. Featuring one of the most captivating double-bassists you're likely to see and some of the finest instrumentalists on the UK scene, their blend of virtuoso musicianship, witty political comment and a deep repertoire of powerful songs never fails to turn heads. Since hitting the road full time in 2005, Jez has played well over a thousand gigs; from the Glastonbury Festival to the Kispiox Valley, New York to Taipei, Istanbul to the Iberian Peninsular, gaining fans far and wide. 

“Ridiculously enjoyable… an unequivocal thumbs up.” Folk Radio UK 
“Beautifully crafted and stunningly delivered… a staggering jigsaw of musical invention and a sonorous voice that drags you into every song.” Folking.com

The word Djukella is a common insult in the Balkans, meaning mongrel, and goes some way to describe the mixed provenance both of the music and the musicians themselves. 

Nye Parsons is a virtuoso double-bassist with a lyrical style which'll have you craning your neck for a better view. He's played with countless bands over a 30 year career and has worked with Jez since 2006.

Fiddlers James Patrick Gavin & Julie Rands-Allen from England, Alastair Caplin from the Isle of Lewis, Zoe Moffat and Cam Neufeld from Canada and Polish Maestro Piotr Jordan provide the top end, sometimes one at a time, sometimes two, depending on logistics. Dominic Henderson, on Uilleann Pipes and Whistles and Tommie Black-Roff on Accordion (James' band-mates in cutting-edge London folk trio, TEYR) complete the orchestra when budgets allow, creating oceanic depths of sound.

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Jez Hellard and The Djukella Orchestra