Balkan Folk from the Wild Wild East

Paprika started out as a Balkan band made of classically trained musicians, who also happened to love playing traditional and gypsy music. Their focus is on bringing rare and lost Balkan music back to life through their unconventional formation of two accordions, guitar and percussion, with regular guest members on violin and bass.

Fiery melodies and foot-tapping rhythms are interspersed with lilting laments, fusing together Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical music in a whirlwind performance of frenzied virtuosity. Their Balkan ballads and dance songs, known as Kolos in Serbia, or Horas in Bulgaria and Romania, have taken them into the clubs and festivals of the UK and beyond, from Glastonbury and WOMAD to the Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House.

They say that music is the language of the soul and nothing could be truer for Paprika. This is a high energy musical experience from a very exciting group.

“A must see” Cerys Matthews, BBC