Stapleford Granary

Event description


23 March 19:30  £18 / £12 (under 16)

Workshop in the afternoon - Please look under Courses to book.


 'amongst the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet'

The Australian

'One of the finest and most entertaining British-based exponents of global music' (The Guardian).

She’Koyokh is a virtuosic, versatile and prize-winning band comprising seven expert musicians playing klezmer and traditional music from the Balkans and Turkey.

This is the first time all Seven players have performed at Stapelford Granary.

With four globally acclaimed albums, She’Koyokh has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and festivals in Germany, Hungary, Cyprus, the Canary Islands, Norway and Poland. They have also played WOMAD, Glastonbury, London’s Southbank Centre, Aldeburgh’s Snape Proms and live sessions on BBC Radio.

She’Koyokh is a Yiddish word meaning “nice one!”

The Band
Çiğdem Aslan: Vocals
Susi Evans: Clarinet
Meg Hamilton: Violin
Živorad Nikolić: Accordion & Vocals
Matt Bacon: Guitar & Kaval
Paul Moylan: Double Bass
Christina Borgenstierna: Percussion

Since bursting on to the UK’s music scene in the early naughties, busking at London’s East End markets, She’Koyokh – a Yiddish word meaning “nice one!” – 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 performed at WOMAD UK, WOMAD Fuerteventura, Sziget, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London’s Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Jewish festivals in Germany, Holland, Norway, Poland and the UK and played regular sessions on BBC radio.

She’Koyokh formed 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 and have been shortlisted twice for Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards.

In 2012 She’koyokh contributed the material for and led performances with the Aurora Orchestra at LSO St Luke’s, St George’s Bristol and the Brighton Dome. In 2019 they will be collaborating with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and are currently developing a show with the acclaimed South Indian violinist, Jyotsna Srikanth.

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 Jewish eastern Europe. Added to the mix is an Albanian folk song popular in southern Kosovo, a song 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.

In March 2017 their fourth album First Dance on Second Avenue was released on World Music Network’s Riverboat Records to critical acclaim, receiving a 5 star review in the Evening Standard, 5 stars and Album Choicein 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).