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Lead Performers:

 

Anna Wolfberry - lead vocals

Gundula Gruen – musical leader, violinist and vocals.

Alexandar Ivanov - accordion, vocals

Jeremy Halliwell - guitar

Fraser Parry - cello

Elizabeth Nott - percussion

Linda Cremin - dance

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Gundula Gruen, also known as 'Magic Violin', is a critically acclaimed violin virtuoso and specialist in Eastern European Gypsy music. She has created the show and arranged the pieces. After completing her degree in classical violin, a post-graduate degree in jazz and master classes by Professor Isabella Petrosjan and others, she dedicated her full energy to researching and studying Eastern European Gypsy music. In the past she has performed at art centres and festivals in the UK and throughout Europe, appeared on TV and Radio in the UK, Germany and Turkey. Her book ‘Gypsy Music Collection’ was published by Spartan Press, and the album ‘The Devil’s Lentil Soup’ has achieved outstanding press.

Gundula has performed at a number of Russian occasions, receiving compliments from the likes of HSH Princess Natalya Grigorievna Eromina Youssoupoff. More information at www.magicviolin.co.uk

Anna Wolfberry's musical odyssey began in Moscow, her journey through the last two decades of the twentieth century exposing her to a kaleidoscope of colours and a cacophony of sound, opera, rock, pop, and the folk music of her country. She abandoned the stardom that followed her successful participation in a female trio on the Russian X factor to study theatrical and dramatic arts. In theatre her love of music with dance found its expression in the operatic comedies of Chekhov, her infectious joy for performing obvious to all. Arriving in London she embraced the music of the émigré, music of the Great Alexander Vertinsky, burlesque, and cabaret. Rock followed, her alter ego, “Wolfberry” – her stage name, now a fixture on the Camden rock scene, her band «Sweet Surrender» embracing and evolving a symphony of sounds styles in their unique revival of classic rock. It was the style, the sound, the rhythm and the melody of her memories that drew her to our Gypsy band «Tacho Drom” . A Russian girl with a Romany soul.

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Linda Cremin was given a Roma and Traveller’s soul by birth, and a dancing soul into her cradle. Her mum is a Roma from Bulgaria and her dad is an Irish Traveller. Linda herself was born in Sofia in Bulgaria. Due to her dad’s job, they moved around Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Gaza and Germany, where she picked up the traditional dance styles as they went along. Her uncle (her mum’s brother, from a Roma blacksmith tradition), who worked a knife-sharpener and antique trader, took her regularly back to the Balkans, where she danced in Restaurants from the age of 5, whilst her uncle collected money in his shoe. Later she danced at weddings and parties. The family base however was from her early childhood onwards in Hackney, where she also went to school.

Later, Linda studied in traditional and contemporary dance in Egypt, Bulgaria, Ireland and other places, also completed a Silversmith degree. Nowadays, Linda works as dancer, specialised in Eastern European Roma, Middle Eastern and Balkan styles, as jewellery designer and tutor for jewellery making at Greenwich College, and as Belly dance instructor in Tower Hamlets.

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