Tsârvuli are an Edinburgh-based group specialising in Bulgarian and Macedonian folk music
played on traditional instruments, with a particular emphasis on dance music.

The Band

  Graham Crowder: Director, gadulka, tapan, vocals
Cait Webb: Kaval, tapan
Chris Elmes: Gajda, tapan, tambura
Helena MacGilp Vocals, tapan
Sometime members when in town
Andrew Casson: Tambura, tapan, vocals
Antonia Fraser: Vocals (on Buenek below)

To hear what we sound like click on these MP3s:

Buenek Skopska Crna Gorka
Krivo Ikhtimansko Sto mi omilelo
Dobruzhanska Pandela Osogovsko

Graham has been involved in Balkan dancing since his post-grad days in Oxford and formed the band to provide music for dancing. He also runs the local Balkan Dance group. 
Cait is also a keen dancer and like Graham is currently torn between dancing and playing. Cait is also a founder member of the medieval ensemble Gaïta where she plays shawms, harps and various other things. She also runs the local Early Renaissance Dance sessions.
Besides music Cait is also an accomplished calligrapher and artist. See some at Gaïta Scriptorium
Chris is also director of the medieval ensemble Gaïta (playing medieval fiddles, early lutes and bagpipes) and is also director of the intermittently active Greek folk music group VorioNisi.
Helena is director of the Vocal Ensemble Hieronymus, specialising in Balkan and other East European songs, and is also another member of  Gaïta (singing and playing ud)

Contact Details: tsarvuli@gaita.co.uk

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