Award-winning klezmer band
“one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best klezmer and Balkan music in Britain”. The Evening Standard
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 2014 She’Koyokh released their third album, Wild Goats & Unmarried Women, on World Music Network’s Riverboat Records to critical acclaim, receiving 5 star reviews in the Evening Standard and The Australian and 4 stars in the Guardian. The band’s previous albums, Buskers’ Ballroom (2011) and Sandanski’s Chicken (2007) are released on ARC Music. Their 4th studio album, First Dance on Second Avenue, is due for release in March 2017 with World Music Network.