Award-winning klezmer band
“one of the finest and most entertaining British-based exponents of global music” The Guardian
She’Koyokh is a Yiddish word meaning “nice one!”. Starting out in London’s East End in 2001 as a popular street band, She’Koyokh was established with the support of a Millennium Award via the Jewish Music Institute and quickly graduated to performing internationally, with engagements at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Jewish Cultural Festival in Munich and on BBC television and radio. In 2008 the band were awarded first prize at the International Jewish Music Festival in the Netherlands and in 2012 were nominated for Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards. As well as TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and World on 3, they have performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cheltenham, WOMAD and Sziget (Budapest).
In 2008 a vocalist from Istanbul, Çiğdem Aslan, joined the group, and their repertoire soon expanded to include songs from all over the Balkans and into Mediterranean and Turkish realms. A few months later, founder member and accordionist, Jim Marcovitch, tragically died from cancer aged just 34.
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 and 4 stars and ‘Top of the World’ in Songlines. 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).