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Jez Hellard and The Djukella Orchestra

Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra

Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and ballads to tango, rhumba and even reggae. Featuring one of the most captivating double-bassists you`re likely to see and some of the finest instrumentalists on the UK folk scene, their blend of virtuoso musicianship, witty political comment and a deep repertoire of powerful songs never fails to turn heads. Since hitting the road full time in 2005, Jez has played well over a thousand gigs; from the Glastonbury Festival to the North Country Fair, New York to Taipei, Istanbul to the Iberian Peninsular, gaining fans far and wide.

Touring extensively in the UK, Canada, East Asia, Germany, The Netherlands and the Balkans, Jez performs solo, as a duo with London Irish/Basque fiddle maestro James Patrick Gavin and with his band, The Djukella Orchestra, featuring a fine batch of fiendish fiddlers including Julie Rands-Allen and Alastair Caplin, the formidable double-bassist, Nye Parsons, and renowned Macedonian Accordionist, Jordan Kostov, amongst other talented players. When there`s time Jez also tours with Prairie Balladeer, Scott Cook, the sublime luthier/song-writer, Nathan Ball, his sometime twin, Gareth Austin, Cardiff pub-church legends, JC`s Hopeless Sinners , anarchist folksters, Firepit Collective, the righteous reggae of Avalon Roots, the folk-hop of political pop-star Billy Rowan (The Undercover Hippy), and a host of other acts.

In Canada he`s performed and recorded with virtuoso fiddler Cam Neufeld, caramel toned troubador, Scott Cook, and veteran Ukulele master Maurice Jones, to name but a few, and in the Balkans with The Djukella Orkestra, Kalevala, and various gypsy brass orchestras.

As a freelance harmonica player, he plays with a variety of acts from reggae to bluegrass, Celtic to Jazz, and is always happy to broaden the repertoire.

Links:

www.jezhellard.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Jez-Hellard-The-Djukella-Orchestra/140516972373
www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jez+hellard

Press:

"Jez has the type of voice that impels you to listen. An unequivocal thumbs up. Ridiculously enjoyable! booking them a place amongst the best of celtic string arrangements." ~ Folk Radio UK

"It's heartening to hear such thoughtful yet deeply felt songs, given the times we live in now. To hear them so well sung, so adroitly arranged and brilliantly performed is a joy." ~ Songlines

"Unclassifiable their music may be, but excellent it most certainly is. The results are captivating. A superb set." ~ R2 Magazine

"While I was expecting good things, I wasn`t expecting anything quite so ridiculously good as this." ~ Moles - UK

"Playing music with Jez and Nye is like playing catch with someone who never drops the ball." ~ Maurice Jones

"Ridiculously enjoyable… an unequivocal thumbs up." ~ Folk Radio UK

"Beautifully crafted and stunningly delivered… a staggering jigsaw of musical invention and a sonorous voice that drags you into every song." ~ Folking.com

"It is a rambunctious triumph of an album in which the energy never fades." ~ Rosamund Woodroffe, brightyoungfolk.com

"If you take your folk infusion wide, varied and without restraint then you’re going to love this. Jump in and let the current sweep you along." ~ Dan Holland, Folkwords Magazine

"The Djukella Orchestra handles the material with an easy fluidity. Shame there are only ten tracks." ~ Dai Jeffries, Folking.com

"Playing music with Jez and Nye is like playing catch with someone who never drops the ball." ~ Maurice Jones

"Jez Hellard demonstrated that playing harmonica is a full on body experience...With fans across 3 continents, It was easy to see and hear what all the hullaballoo was about." ~ Earshot Magazine, Canada

"Jez Hellard`s pleasingly frequent harmonica solos add another dimension to the sound, and generally make you feel very blues-happy indeed...while I was expecting good things, I wasn`t expecting anything quite so ridiculously good as this." ~ Moles, UK

"Jez Hellard shows us yet another layer of talent, by the strength and clarity of his voice in “Hometown Boy”, which is a great mid point in the album." ~ Earshot - from a review of the Dana Wylie Band`s second album, The Unruly Ones

Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra

 

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