Driven by Alana's wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma (Gypsy) musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe. They have been serenading audiences around the world since late last century.

Vardos have toured to every state in Australia; festivals include the National, Port Fairy, Illawarra, Cobargo and Fairbridge Folk Festivals, the Queenscliff Music Festival, the Alice Desert Festival, Dark MoFo Festival in Hobart and the Melbourne Festival where they launched the CD 'Entertaining Countess Dracula' to a sell-out crowd at the Famous Spiegeltent. They have also performed at the Falls Festival in Marion Bay, Tasmania and Lorne, Victoria and Harvest Festival, Victoria.
In Melbourne they have supported 'Besh o Drom' and 'Antal Szalai Gypsy Band' (both from Hungary), 'Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club' at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne and the 'Gipsy Kings' at the Palais, St Kilda.

Television appearances in Australia include cameos on 'Spicks and Specks', ABC TV, 'The Footy Show', Channel 9, and Seachange (Series 3) ABC TV . They also feature in Ruth Cullen's documentary on artist Vali Myers, 'Painted Lady'. (see
Films)
Vardos have toured internationally to New Zealand, Noumea in New Caledonia, Geneva in Switzerland and around Hungary, have showcased in the United States, and had successful shows at the Famous Spiegeltent in the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival Spiegeltent. Vardos were nominated for the 2003 BBC Radio3 World Music Awards (Audience Award) and returned to Edinburgh in 2004 where they received a
4 star review.
VARDOS performed in 2010 at the West meets East Roma and Traveller Festival (London), Museum of the Bohemian (Amsterdam), Szent Ivan FolkFest (Hungary) and bars in Berlin.

In 2015 Vardos returned to perform in Sopron, Hungary, then played across southern France, from Marseille to Carcassonne, including a residency at Hôtel Sainte Valière.
The two most recent
Vardos CD's have been finalists for the Golden Fiddle Awards.

"Violinist Alana Hunt is the live wire in chief, encouraging the audience to clap along - but in and at the right time please - by appearing menacingly at their tables, and regaling them with unlikely tales of drunken clocks, broken curfews and short-sighted shepherds" (Rob Adams, Edinburgh)

Alana formed the band in 1993 in Perth, where Vardos worked professionally for five years, appearing in many festivals including the Fremantle Festival and the Festival of Perth; during this time Alana also made two trips to Hungary to study Hungarian folk music with
Beáta Salamon (Méta folk music band) and gypsy music with Miklós Kónya. Sofia and Alana have made five trips to Eastern Europe together since 1999. (see Travels in Hungary and Romania)

Sofia Chapman trained as a classical pianist until discovering and running away with the piano accordion, joining Vardos in 1998. It has been said that she "could play Shakespeare's complete works with her eyebrows" (The Herald, Edinburgh).

Sofia has performed at WOMAD Festival in Adelaide and Reading with
Xenos, and has been a guest musician on CD's of Zulya Kamalova and Barb Dwyer. She is also a composer and playwright, winning the Melbourne Fringe 'Best Emerging Writer' award for her epic The Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse in 2012.

Kirri Büchler
Kirri Büchler is a multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, composer and sound artist who has performed in various ensembles in Melbourne and around Australia and has studied internationally. She has played and improvised music for Sanctum Theatre and Roundangle and has collaborated with Sofia as a sound artist and actor on her plays The Anorexic Chef and The Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse, the short film The Albino Bride and the band 'The Kurts'.




 
    

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