|Sunday 08 February 2015 @ 02:00pm : -
Jez Hellard and The Djukella Orchestra
Jez Hellard, a singer of potent songs, stunning harmonica player, guitarist and producer, thrives on music of all stripes. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs and reels to tango, rhumba, funk and reggae. From original and traditional songs to rare gems from some of the world`s greatest, if lesser known song-writers; often fellow troubadors who Jez has met in many years on the road.
Since 2005, Jez has played over 800 gigs; from Vancouver to Istanbul, New York to Taipei. He`s performed at festivals including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party in the UK, North Country Fair and Sasquatch Gathering in Canada, Macedonia`s Pivoland and Taiwan`s Migration Music Festival, and venues ranging from London`s Jazz Cafe to theatres, pubs, clubs, tunnels and street corners around the world.
Whether he`s improvising over Gypsy rhythms, stomping out fiddle tunes on the harmonica, singing a rebel ballad, or dropping fresh beats on a variety of drums, his infectious energy, skill and passion for music has gained him fans far and wide. As a harmonica player, he`s renowned as an adept improviser in most styles of music and loves to be put on the spot, either on stage or in the studio.
The word Djukella is a common insult in the Balkans, meaning mongrel, and goes some way to describe the mixed provenance both of the music and the musicians themselves. Nye Parsons is a virtuoso double-bassist with a lyrical style which''ll have you craning your neck for a better view. He''s played with countless bands over a 30 year career and has worked with Jez since 2006.
Fiddlers James Patrick Gavin & Julie Rands-Allen from England, Alaistair Caplin from the Isle of Lewis, Zoe Moffat and Cam Neufeld from Canada provide the top end, sometimes one at a time, sometimes two, depending on logistics. Jordan Kostov is a renowned Macedonian accordionist and composer, from Kavadarci, who has worked with bands and orchestras across Europe.
"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