Driven by Alana's wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos play folk and Romany music learnt from Roma (Gypsy) musicians and outstanding local music specialists 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 National, Port Fairy, Illawarra, Cobargo and Fairbridge Folk Festivals, Queenscliff Music Festival, Alice Desert Festival, Dark MoFo in Hobart and Melbourne Festival where they launched  'Entertaining Countess Dracula' to a sell-out crowd at the Famous Spiegeltent. Vardos performed at Falls Festival in Marion Bay Tasmania, Lorne Victoria and Byron Bay NSW. In Melbourne they have supported Besh o Drom and Antal Szalai Gypsy Band (Hungary), Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne and Gipsy Kings at the Palais, St Kilda.

Television appearances in Australia include cameos on 'Spicks and Specks', ABC TV, 'The Footy Show', Channel 9, Seachange (Series 3) and The Doctor Blake Mysteries (Series 5 Episode 2) ABC TV. Vardos feature in Ruth Cullen's documentary on artist Vali Myers, 'Painted Lady'. (See
Vardos have toured internationally to New Zealand, New Caledonia, Switzerland and Hungary, 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. Vardos released their 5th album, 'Palazzo Party' to sell out crowds in Brisbane and Canberra in 2017.
Vardos albums have been finalists for the Golden Fiddle Awards. 

In 2020 Vardos performed Sofia Chapman's play with live music, The Top Secret Violin Case, set in communist Romania, at La Mama in the Midsumma Festival.

'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 Romany music with Miklós Kónya. Sofia and Alana have made seven 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 albums 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 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, The Top Secret Violin Case and The Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse, the short film The Albino Bride and the band The Kurts.


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