Musicians and Bands


Folk Dance Bands and Musicians

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.
NameType of music Contact Information
Agapi MouGreek, Albanian, Armenian, Roma, TurkishGregory Jenkins
(650) 450-0418
Email  Website
Balkanton 340BulgarianDena Bjornlie
Email
BecariKolo/SerbianSam Vudis
(415) 485-1816
California Kapela Music for general folk dancing, with an emphasis on Eastern European/Balkan music Susan Worland
Email
ChubritzaInternational dance musicLinnea Mandell
(707) 496-6784
Email Website
Da! Mozhem Mostly Balkan Dance Band Ginny Snyder
(408) 733-5529
Email
DanubiusHungarian--Traditional and RomaBarbara Deutsch
(510) 964-7798
Email Website
Disciples of MarkosGreek, mainly Rebetika for listeningGreg Jenkins
Email
EdessaBalkan Dance BandGeorge Chittenden
(510) 525-4342
Email
Ensemble MerakliiBalkan, Rom Rumen Sali Shopov
(510) 847-7918
Email
Facebook
Erik Hoffman/Ingrid NoyesTraditional Old-Time American - contras, squares, big-circle dancesErik Hoffman
(510) 444-4397 Email

Ingrid Noyes
(415) 663-1342 Email
Fanfare ZambaletaBalkan Brass BandGregory Jenkins
(650) 450-0418
Email  
FotiaGreekMichael Kutulas
Email Website
GradinaBalkan Band and Chorus Email Website
Helios GreekLefteri Tsakle
(209) 613-8973
Email Website
Inspector GadjeBalkan Brass BandSean Tergis
(415) 505-6562
Email  
Janam (formerly Black Olive Babes) Balkan, Middle Eastern, AppalachianJuliana Graffagna
(510) 435-7844
Email Website
Kitka Eastern European vocal music, women's choir (listening only)Shira Cion
(510) 843-4110
Email Website
Leon Bumanglang & friendsMiddle Eastern and Old-Time AmericanLeon Bumanglang
(831)458-1340
Email
Mid-East Tapestry QuartetTurkey, Greece, Armenia, Iran,

Arabic speaking countries
Vince Delgado
Email Website
Mosaic Bulgarian, Serbian, and InternationalTony Canavarro
(831) 883-2668
Email
MWE Turkish and Balkan Music Sean Tergis
(415) 505-6562
Email Website
MythosTraditional and Contemporary GreekBobby Klaivitis
(408) 269-4941
Email Website
Nada LewisInternational accordion musicNada Lewis
(510) 243-1122
Email
Naomi ZamirBalkan, Israeli, KlezmerNaomi Zamir
(650) 328-2413
Email
NestinariBulgarian Ivan Kabaivanov
(925) 360-6293
Facebook
Orchestra EuphonosRomanian, MoldovanPeter Bonos
Email
Saul Goodman's Klezmer BandKlezmer music for weddings, bar and bat mitzvah parties,
and all manner of celebrations
​Mike Perlmutter
(​415) 294-1693
Email Website
Stanford Klezmer BandKlezmerIsaac Bleaman or David Rosenthal
Email   Website
Staro Vino Balkan Mark Jenkins
(408) 242-7313
Email
SviraciBalkan Melissa Miller
(408) 246-7646
Email
The John Brothers Piano CompanyTraditional Old-Time American Mary Goree
Email    Website
The MehanatonesMacedonian Bill Cope
(408) 985-6737
Email
Tim Rued Square, contras, and Scandinavian music, with emphasis on SwedishTim Rued
(209) 825-2669
Email Website
VFO Balkan Dance Band (Village Folk Orchestra)Balkan and InternationalLonna Whipple
Email Website
Zabava InternationalMacedonianBill Cope
(408) 985-6737
Email
ZadoEastern European vocal music, women and men (listening only)Jan Volkoff,
(916) 254-0111
Email Website
ZiyiaGreekGeorge Chittenden
(510) 525-4342
Email Website

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