Award-Winning Klezmer Band
“One of the finest and most entertaining British-based exponents of global music” (The Guardian).
Since bursting on to the UK’s music scene in the early naughties, busking at London’s East End markets, She’Koyokh has toured the world, won international awards and released four critically acclaimed albums earning themselves the reputation as “one of London’s musical treasures playing the best klezmer and Balkan music in Britain” (The Evening Standard).
She’Koyokh has played WOMAD festivals, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, festivals in Germany, Hungary, Cyprus, Norway and Poland, at London’s Kings Place and Southbank Centre, Aldeburgh’s Snape Proms and regular live sessions on BBC Radio.
Collaborations include concerts with the Aurora Orchestra at LSO St Luke’s, St George’s Bristol, the Brighton Dome and Snape Proms, and educational work with the Aldeburgh Young Musicians at the Snape Maltings, Suffolk. Projects in 2018 include collaborations with South Indian violinist, Jyotsna Srikanth, the Wonderful Beast Theatre Company and a Sevdah project with La Folia (UK orchestra).
With sixteen years spent absorbing and performing the rich folk music traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans, She’Koyokh’s shows bring together the stunning polyphonic melodies and intricate rhythms of Bulgaria, treasured tunes from Serbian villages and exhilarating Gypsy dances from Romania as well as soulful Sephardic songs and klezmer music from the Jewish diaspora. Added to the mix is an Albanian folk song popular in southern Kosovo, the title-track from their third album from south-west Turkey about wild goats and unmarried women, a love song for a Gypsy girl with penetrating green eyes, a beautiful Armenian song about migration and a Yiddish Swing number from 1950s New York, Second Avenue Square Dance.
She’Koyokh started out in 2001 with the support of a Millennium Award from the Jewish Music Institute. In 2008 they were awarded first prize in the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam. In 2012 they were shortlisted for ‘Best Group’ in the Songlines World Music Awards.
In March 2017 their fourth album First Dance on Second Avenue was released 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. She’Koyokh’s previous albums are Wild Goats and Unmarried Women (2014 Riverboat), Buskers’ Ballroom (2011 ARC) and Sandanski’s Chicken (2007 ARC).