Award-Winning Klezmer Band
“One of the very best klezmer and Balkan bands around” Suzy Klein, BBC Radio 3
Since bursting on to the klezmer and Balkan music scene in the early naughties, busking at London’s East End markets, She’Koyokh has been at the forefront of UK’s world music scene, releasing four critically acclaimed studio albums and bringing together the stunning polyphonic melodies and intricate rhythms of Bulgaria, treasured traditions from Serbian villages, exhilarating Gypsy dances from the Romanian mountains and soulful Sephardic and klezmer music from Turkey, Macedonia, Poland and Ukraine. Added to the mix is an Albanian folk song popular in southern Kosovo, a steamy quarrel between mother-in-laws in a Turkish sauna, a love song for a Gypsy girl with penetrating green eyes, a beautiful Armenian song called “Migration” and a Yiddish Swing tune from 1950s New York ‘Second Avenue Square Dance.’
She’Koyokh , meaning “nice one” in Yiddish, started out with the support of a Millennium Award from the Jewish Music Institute. In March 2017 She’Koyokh released their fourth album, First Dance on Second Avenue, on World Music Network’s Riverboat Records to critical acclaim, receiving 5 star reviews in the Evening Standard, 5 stars and ‘Album Choice’ in fROOTS, 4 stars in the Guardian, 4 stars and ‘Top of the World’ in Songlines and 4 stars in BBC Music Magazine. The band’s previous albums are Wild Goats and Unmarried Women (2014 Riverboat), Buskers’ Ballroom (2011 ARC Music) and Sandanski’s Chicken (2007 ARC Music).
Back in 2008 She’Koyokh was awarded first prize in the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. In 2012 the ensemble was shortlisted for ‘Best Group’ in the Songlines World Music Awards. She’Koyokh has played WOMAD UK and WOMAD Fuerteventura, Sziget and Kypria Festivals, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Jewish music festivals in Germany and Poland, London’s Southbank Centre, the Snape Proms, BBC Radio, and in collaboration with the Aurora Orchestra at St George’s Bristol and the Brighton Dome, as well as TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and World on 3.