A BAND said to be Britain's best Balkan and Klezmer band will perform in Frampton, near Dorchester.

She’Koyokh, an international, virtuosic and award-winning band, is made up of seven expert musicians who play klezmer and traditional music from the Balkans and Turkey.

They will tour Dorset in two special concerts with Artsreach.

Having spent 17 years absorbing the rich folk music traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans, She’Koyokh bring together the stunning polyphonic melodies and intricate rhythms of Bulgaria, treasured tunes from Serbian villages and exhilarating Gypsy dances from Romania, as well as soulful Sephardic songs and klezmer music from Jewish eastern Europe. Added to the mix is an Albanian folk song popular in southern Kosovo, a song from south-west Turkey about wild goats and unmarried women, a love song for a Gypsy girl with penetrating green eyes, a beautiful Armenian song about migration and a Yiddish swing number from 1950s New York.

Recognised as masters of their genre, She’Koyokh have enjoyed TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3's In Tune and World on 3, and performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cheltenham and WOMAD.

She’Koyokh were also awarded first prize in the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam in 2008, and have been shortlisted twice for Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards. In 2019 the band will collaborate with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and are also developing a show with the acclaimed South Indian violinist, Jyotsna Srikanth.

Yvonne Gallimore, Artsreach Co-Director said “She’Koyokh is one of the most outstanding live acts in our new season, and to be welcoming this award-winning group to Dorset for two special evenings is very exciting.”

See She’Koyokh in Frampton (07968 586906) on Friday, February 15 and Shillingstone (01258 860319) on Saturday, February 16. Further information and tickets are available online at artsreach.co.uk