Kourelou take their name from a Greek word meaning ‘patchwork’ and their live appearances come with a warning: if you want trite versions of ‘Zorba’ and tourist-trap stunts like plate-breaking, you’re in the wrong place.
The London-based band draws on traditional Greek roots and other musical styles from the South Balkans to produce a vibrant mash – with a contemporary twist that is engaging, jazzy and dynamic. “We don’t play safe, we like to take risks,” says Pavlos Melas, whose guitar is supported in the eight-strong collective by bouzouki, piano, fiddle, double bass and percussion.
BBC Charlie Gillett Stage,
Malmesbury SN16 9LL.
And on Womad Radio at 4:00pm