FOLK DANCE MUSICIANS AND BANDS

The groups listed below are available for hire. Some bands have repertoires limited to specific countries or regions while others play a broad spectrum of dance music. All are based in Northern California.

[Thanks to Arelene Imagawa, Ginny Snyder and Greg Jenkins and others for helping to keep this page up-to-date.]

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Name Type of music Contact Information
Agapi Mou Greek, Albanian, Armenian, Roma, Turkish Gregory Jenkins - (650) 450-0418
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Becari Kolo/Serbian Sam Vodis - (415) 485-1816
Born to Drone Balkan and Beyond Singing Group Jean Benniof
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Brass Menazherie Balkan Brass band Peter Jaques - (415) 867-9260
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California Kapela Music for general folk dancing, with an emphasis on Eastern European/Balkan music Susan Worland
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Chubritza International dance music Craig Kurumada - (707) 822-8045
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Cope Family Band Balkan Dance Band Bill Cope - (408) 985-6737
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Da! Mozhem Mostly Balkan Dance Band Ginny Snyder - (408) 733-5529
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Dalmacijo Singers Croatian Choir (spring 2013 on hiatus pending getting a new director) Rajna Ledoux (510) 864-9999
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Disciples of Markos Greek, mainly Rebetika for listening Dennis Demakos - (415)235-0328
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Douglas Gallagher Director of Balkan choir (high school students) Douglas Gallagher - (707) 490-6206
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Edessa Balkan Dance Band George Chittenden - (510) 525-4342
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Erik Hoffman/Ingrid Noyes Traditional Old-Time American - contras, squares, big-circle dances Erik Hoffman (510) 444-4397
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or Ingrid Noyes (415) 663-1342
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Fanfare Zambaleta Balkan Brass Band Gregory Jenkins - (650) 450-0418
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Fotia Greek Michael Kutulas
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Helios Greek Lefteri Tsakle - (209) 529-2311
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Helladelics Greek Tom Farris (510) 282-2774
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Inspector Gadje Balkan Brass Band Sean Tergis - (415) 505-6562
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Janam (formerly Black Olive Babes) Balkan, Middle Eastern, Appalachian Juliana Graffagna (510) 435-7844
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Kitka Eastern European vocal music, women's choir (listening only) Shira Cion - (510) 843-4110
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Leon Bumanglang & friends Middle Eastern and Old-Time American Leon Bumanglang - (831)458-1340
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Mosaic Bulgarian, Serbian, and International Tony Canavarro - (831) 883-2668
or (831)724-294
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MWE Turkish and Balkan Music Sean Tergis - (415) 505-6562
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Mythos Traditional and Contemporary Greek Bobby Klaivitis - (408) 269-4941
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Nada Lewis International accordion music Nada Lewis - (510) 243-1122
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Naomi Zamir Balkan, Israeli, Klezmer Naomi Zamir - (650) 328-2413
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Nestinari Bulgarian Ivan Kabaivanov - (925) 360-6293
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Orkestar Sali Balkan, Rom Rumen Sali Shopov - (510) 847-7918
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Tim Rued Square, contras, and Scandinavian music, with emphasis on Swedish Tim Rued (209) 825-2669
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Slavonian Traveling Band Croatian and Bosnian Paul and Mari Litsky - (510) 525-8039
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Stanford Klezmer Band Klezmer Isaac Bleaman or David Rosenthal
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Staro Vino Balkan Mark Jenkins - (408) 242-7313
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Sviraci Balkan Melissa Miller - (408) 246-7646
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The Mehanatones Macedonian Bill Cope - (408) 985-6737
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Vassil and Maria Bebelekov Bulgarian Vassil - (408) 294-4822
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Vecernica International folk dance music Dave Bogdanoff - (650) 604-6138
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Verna Druzhina Balkan Mark Jenkins - (408) 242-7313
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VFO Balkan Dance Band Balkan and International Lesley Schneider
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Zado Singers Eastern Europe and beyond Barbara (916) 923-1555
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Zabava Macedonian Bill Cope - (408) 985-6737
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Ziyia Greek George Chittenden - (510) 525-4342
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Zoyres East European Fusion, mainly Balkan Michael Perlmutter - (774) 279-6416
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