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Songs of the Roma

A new Romany musical journey full of spiritual intensity, catharsis and joy by one of the UK's most expansive musical figures, Simon Thacker (classical guitar), with the much admired Polish cellist Justyna Jablonska and leading Roma exponent, Lublin based singer/violinist Masha Natanson.

Building on one of the world's great song traditions as well as his own pioneering experiences across the world, Thacker draws on and extends European, Indian and Balkan folk forms, and of course flamenco in a vivid re-imagining of powerful songs in Romani, Romanian, Serbian and Russian and wonderfully inventive new instrumental music. 

Supported by Creative Scotland 


"Another stage in the journey of the music of the Roma people" ThreeWeeks *****

"Manages to be spiritual, intellectual, technical and emotional all at the same time... absolutely not to be missed." 7Ahead

"The term "world music" uttered in today's time and space has come to mean very little, but in Simon Thacker it has been reborn, in his epic sojourn that takes him - like an ancient Roma traveller from India, through Spain and finally northwards to Scotland." World Music Report (Canada)

" Simon Thacker hasn't re-interpreted world music (more accurately traditional music forms from Scotland to India and many points of Roma gypsy travels between). He's completely reinvented it." FabricationsHQ

Date: Saturday 5 May

Time: 19.30

Tickets: £15.00