DRÓMENO is a long-time favorite band at balkanalia and at all Balkan dance events in the Pacific Northwest. Led by Christos Govetas and Ruth Hunter, the band presents regional folk music from the Greek mainland and beyond, overlapping into the surrounding regions and finding the musical legacy that connects the traditions of the Balkans. Featuring clarinet and voices, the instrumentation includes accordion, saxophone, violin, oud, bouzouki, zourna, guitar, laouto, kanun and percussion, and enables the group to span the sounds of Greek music, from western Macedonia and Ipiros, through Thessaly, Thrace and Asia minor.
Dromeno includes Christos Govetas, Ruth Hunter, Eleni Govetas, Bobby Govetas, Nick Marousis, and Benji Rifati.
Kef brings the sound of the Macedonian Romani brass bands to the Pacific Northwest. Playing a variety of Balkan dance music on trumpets, baritone horns, tuba and drums, the ensemble takes its sound from the wedding bands of the '70s and '80s. With occasional excursions into the accordion infused repertoire of Aegean Greece and repertoire from the early days of recorded music in Bulgaria, the power of brass and the intricacy Balkan melodies and rhythms brings joy and energy to any gathering. After all, that's what Kef means: the spirit of a party.
Zabava International is an international folk dance (and beyond) band that specializes in Macedonian Izvorno repertoire, but also expands to all other directions of the international folkdance realm. Anything could happen!
Band leader Bill Cope has led several bands at Balkanalia before. This new line-up will bring back Corinne Sykes, Michele Simon, and Tom Farris. Joining them this year (and making their debut at Balkanalia) are Amberly Rosen (violin) and Janie Cowan (bass).