Beskydy – music from Eastern Europe and beyond
The music of Beskydy has its roots in the dance rhythms and songs of Moravia, Bohemia and Slovakia, through whose lands the Beskydy mountains run – hence the name. They have expanded their repertoire to embrace the music of the Hungarian plains, the Danube basin and all the way down to the Black Sea, the souks and coffee-houses of Istanbul and across the sea to the bordellos of Odessa. Across these ancient trade routes, Jews, Gypsies, Ottomans, Celts and Magyars travelled carrying songs which endlessly re-invented themselves and crossed all political boundaries. Their music is Beskydy’s inspiration.
Beskydy on London’s Southbank, where they played at The Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Beskydy have performed at The Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, at Harrow Arts Centre and have played several Ignite Series concerts at the Cafe Consort, The Royal Albert Hall, and have enjoyed providing Foyer Music at The National Theatre and The Royal Festival Hall.
They have toured, played festivals in the Czech Republic and were greatly privileged to perform on “Loose Ends” for the late Ned Sherrin. They have shared a stage with The Real Tuesday Weld for their “Propaganda from the State of Love” commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum. They have also been awarded “Critics Choice: Live Performance” in Time Out Magazine.
“Guaranteed to result in limb movement – a delightful fusion of fiddles and clarinet, furiously creating a wonderful atmosphere that demands a physical response.” - Folk Roots