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June 13, 2017
April 10, 2017

Faith Branko Quartet

At the time of penning these paragraphs GYPSY LOVER is number 11 in the world music charts. I am so lucky with the incredibly talented artists that perform at the Crooked Billet. Faith & Branko Ristic, husband & wife are the nucleus of the quartet. Branko being Serbia’s No 1 Roma violinist, a self taught gypsy musician who’s style draws from Jazz, Indian, Turkish & Classical music with his Roma traditions. Faith Ristic – a UK performer who’s “nimble accordion playing provides a beautiful bedrock”. The duo first met in the Serbian Roma village of Grabovica, their musical talents became their way out of the extreme health, social & economic problems living in Serbia. With international touring & recording Branko & Faith now enjoy enormous acclaim. (Harry Potter composer Nicholas Hooper produced their current hit album Gypsy Lover) Expect a high energy live performance packed with joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery & spirited gypsy violin, punctuated with melancholy slower compositions, revealing at times a glimpse of the painful darkness Branko & Faith experienced in Serbia. Double Bass & Guitar accompaniment. ” Moving, breathe-taking & virtuosic.” BBC RADIO 3. “Quite remarkable musicians” STEPHEN FRY BBC WORLD SERVICE. “Totally Amazing” LILY ALLEN “Branko is set to become one of the leading Roma violinists of the century” FROOTS UK. “Great musicians with a fascinating stage presence” ALEX JAMES, BLUR. I’m sure we’re in for a real hair wigs raising, goose bump provoking night with these exceptional musicians