Gypsy/ Balkan Band Performing Eastern European Music
Founded in 2018, Balamuc Gypsy/ Balkan Band started their journey as members of the London Gypsy Orchestra, bonding over their love of gypsy/Balkan and Eastern European music. Aggie Branner, the lead vocalist and violinist in LGO, decided to spread her wings and branched out into busking projects, bringing gypsy flavours to the streets of London.
One voice, a guitar and a violin soon expanded into a full band, from cello to double bass via the clarinet. The band and their live prowess grew, gaining a reputation for a huge and well-rounded live sound.
Their music originates from Eastern Europe but stretches way beyond the usual confines of their genre. They aren’t afraid to enter new territory (from Romania to Hungary via Transylvania!). Although renowned for their fierce violin and heartfelt melodies, Balamuc Gypsy/ Balkan Band is best known for their life-affirming, uplifting party spirit and boundless energy.
Balamuc Gypsy/ Balkan Band has established itself as one of the leading gypsy folk bands on the live scene today.
Cultural diversity is at the heart of Balamuc, and with band members from Eastern and Southern Western Europe, they bring a unique, global take on even the most traditional of songs.
Roughly translating to “house of insane” in Romanian, the band has brought their party spirit and boundless energy to venues across the city, gaining a loyal following. They have residency in the most popular London venues, such as Jamboree, The Post Bar, and Hootananny’s, and they have been spreading their wings outside of London, such as Tall Trees at Cambridge at the Bell Inn in Bath. Moreover, the band has participated in bigger festivals, such as Brighton Festival, Wilderness Festival and High Tide Festival.
Balamuc Gypsy/ Balkan Band takes music from all areas of Eastern Europe and the Balkans, rather than focusing on one specific genre, introducing tunes that for many will be new whilst for some they will already be a favourite.
What makes them different from other bands in the Balkan/Eastern European folk genres is that Balamuc aims at selecting their songs from a wide range of genres/areas rather than only aiming at a certain region, such as Hungarian gypsy or Bulgarian dance tunes. Each region has their exciting, unique style, such as different time signatures or syncopation. But too much of one flavour dulls the palette, so they move between them to keep the audience excited by the journey.