REVIEWS OF VARDOS
'We came across the witty, character filled trio Vardos at Lola’s bar early in the afternoon of New Years Day. All kinds of gypsy music, from Transylvanian Romanian to “Modern” flowed from the lively crew with fiddle, accordion and double bass ablaze.' Timber and Steel, 2016
"Vardos are the epitome of Gypsy chic." Tasmanian Times, 2014
"VARDOS are the be-all and end-all of high energy music in Australia. This trio of powerful performers take the audience's eyes and ears on an extraordinary musical journey around Eastern Europe. Alana, with her dynamic gusto on lead violin, whips the band into a frenzy to deliver tune after tune of uplifting musical moments. Kirri drives the bass-line through each song with chutztpah and oomph from her double bass that you can feel from your guts all the way down to your feet while Sofia bounces from accordion, to song, to viola for a varied multilingual, multi-instrumental show. Irresistible: don't be surprised if you find yourself dancing. This extravaganza of gypsy music is not to be missed! "
József Trefeli, Compagnie József Trefeli 2015
"The highlight of the festival so far for me" Carolyn Becket, BBC Radio Scotland
"With stagecraft that is equal parts formation dancing, martial arts and Keystone Cops, the violin-accordion-double bass trio play with formidable panache, spinning the tunes into a dizzying procession of crescendos and false stops. Vardos don´t hold back. They give the tumbling, compound-time dances and slow airs- so sad they can´t bring themselves to sing the words- both barrels and not a few of Hunt´s bow hairs."
**** Rob Adams, The Herald, Edinburgh
"Outstanding. A great favourite"- Four Winds Festival
"Your enthusiasm and energy were infectious"- Maroondah Singers
"The group played up to the theatrical promise of the music. They pranced around, adding animation to the musical tales of wedding joy and sadness, singing and shouting when the occasion demanded. The violinist's aggressive approach to her instrument was more Jimi Hendrix than Yehudi Menuhin. For drinking songs she took inebriated swipes at her bow. The seductive effect made conventional classical playing seem wooden. Vardos know their music so intimately that sudden changes in pace and atmosphere happened smoothly and flawlessly."
Simon Kidd, Melbourne Times
"Their intrinsic musicality and faithfulness to the ethnic traditions of the music they perform is laudable. When so many so-called folk groups give only a vague impression of the cultures they represent it is refreshing to have such music played with authenticity"-
Port Fairy Spring Music Festival
"Les trois musiciennes du groupe australien Vardos ont plongé la place de la Marne dans une ambiance très gypsy, hier midi. Les trois belles dames ont effet donné un concert quelque peu théâtralisé. Le visage expressif des musiciennes accompagne les sérénades légères et cadencées. Les jeunes femmes expriment avec intensité leur musique. La musique gypsy ravit la foule. Vardos est une bonne surprise."
Les Nouvelles Caledoniennes
OF THEIR CD's
"It makes us dance!"
"Now I get the cleaning done in half the time!"
"Alana Hunt’s soaring violin, Indra Buraczewska’s slapped double bass and Sofia Chapman’s supple accordion combine on a collection of 17 Hungarian and Romanian tunes and songs that show us that their frequent visits to Eastern Europe have made them a truly exciting band." Lucky Oceans, The Planet, of 'Wild Side of the Village'
"Melbourne female trio Vardos present a lively and authentic selection of traditional Hungarian and Romanian music, expanding to the Baltics and Balkans on their new CD, 'Until it's Time To Go." The Daily Planet, ABC Radio National 2011
"Melbourne girl Kylie Minogue might take succour from I should be so lucky, performed in Hungarian Gypsy style by Vardos, with Alana Hunt on a truly demented violin." ****1/2 , Ian Cuthbertson, Weekend Australian, of Vardos' contribution to the
"A traditional and acoustic sound, with the wild fiddle of Alana Hunt. The virtuosity is just faultless, making it a joy to listen to. They bounce through Romanian, Moldavian and Hungarian tunes with joy and ease. And all recorded in Melbourne!"
Aria-award nominated compilation CD "This is the Place for a Song"
Geoff Burton, fROOTS magazine, UK
"Speed folk, particularly of the more Eurasian persuasion, is soooo rock. No kidding."
Tim Spelman, Australian Music Online/Mono.net
"Authentic and dextrously played"- David Hughes, Hobart Cultural magazine
" With the release of this their second CD, Vardos make a strong claim, to being one of the most authentic and entertaining Balkan acts in Australia. The instrumental virtuosity showcased on this release in considerable. This album conveys the sheer excitement, the edge of craziness, and the depth of emotions that music from this troubled corner of the world conveys at its best. The exuberant intensity of Romanian dance music comes across in no uncertain terms on this excellent CD" Malcolm Fielding, Indie Cds.
"Heavily ornamented violin lines unravel over a maelstrom of frantic accordion and bass work" Herald Sun