Kourelou Greece/UK

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A vibrant mash from a group who like to take risks...

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 bazouki, piano, fiddle, double bass and percussion.