Friday 24 May 2019 6pm

Vardos and Melbourne Recital Centre present 'From Myth to Masterpiece' at Primrose Potter Salon

What inspired Bartók, Liszt and Chopin to add folk motifs into their works? Discover the folk traditions behind classical Eastern European masterpieces as Vardos give new life to the original sources of inspiration. Enjoy Gypsy-style classics that reflect ancient beginnings performed on early instruments such as the three-string viola and hurdy gurdy.

Tuesday 25 June 8-9pm The Drunken Poet 65 Peel St, West Melbourne. VARDOS PAYING TRIBUTE TO GYPSY SONGS AND POETRY. From the music and poetry of the exotic east to the wild Irish fiddlers and travelling poets, the Romany people continue to leave a rich canon of works upon which Vardos draw for their tribute night. Alana (violin), Sofia (accordion, vocals) and Kirri (double bass) have learnt directly from the source in their Eastern European travels.
Friday 28-Sunday 30 June Docklands Firelight Festival. Vardos will be playing every night around the festival. Firelight Festival 2019 will feature over 40 free performances a night from all corners of the globe. You’ll also be able to indulge in some delicious fare from some of your favourites. New Quay Promenade, Harbour Esplanade and Victoria Harbour Promenade.
Friday 26th July 19:00-23:00

The Gipsy Club Cabaret, showcasing Eastern European style music, dance and circus. Produced by Ronicka Serpent Dancer, the show brings you talented and professional acts including Vardos and the magnificent magician of the night, Mr Marmalade

24 Moons Bar 2 Arthurton Road Northcote. General Admission $25.00, VIP (front row) $35.00, Concession $20.00, Early Bird $20.00

Friday 8 November 2019 6pm

Vardos and Melbourne Recital Centre present 'From the Caravan to the Club' at Primrose Potter Salon,      31 Sturt St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 

Vardos delve into eclectic modern Gypsy music from Romania, tracing the beloved musical tradition to its Eastern sources. In contemporary Romania synthesisers and electric violins have crept in, but here Vardos play traditional instruments in the classic ‘Taraf’ formation of violin, accordion and double bass, with vocal laments and ballads in Romanian and Romany (Gypsy) language. These rousing works unearth a trove of mysterious and exotic wonders.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE! $39 ($29 Concession) Melbourne Recital Centre Box Office ph 9699 3333

performances since 2012 include


Performances since 2012 include: 

2019 Melbourne Taranta Festival with Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italia).

Lost Trades Fair 2019 - Kyneton Victoria, 25th Rosebery Festival, Tasmania 2019.

MONA Museum of Old and New Art, 655 Main Rd Berriedale, Tasmania 

Goulash Festival, Hungarian Community Centre, Wantirna, Melbourne.

St Kilda Festival 10 February 2019. 

Euraw Stories at Loop Performance Space and Bar, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne.

Hungarian Fête, Bocskai Hungarian Centre, 121-123 St Georges Rd Nth Fitzroy.


Polish Festival at Federation Square.

Thursday 15 November 2018 - Big bread, big boots - Music of the Hungarian plains, kitchens, and village dance halls. Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon:

2 metre high loaves of bread and laments of boots without boot stiffener, sorrow over homelands and missing lovers, the Hungarians use music to express all the highs and lows of life. Haunting laments, pentatonic peasant songs and virtuosic and crazily fast dance pieces capture the essence of Hungary.

Vardos residency at Claypots Barbarossa Salon 79 Hardware Lane, Melbourne.

Vardos at 'Spiegel et Luna': The Famous Spiegeltent at iconic Luna Park, St Kilda. 

Festival of Cultures, Louise Multicultural Community Centre

2018  St Ives Medieval Faire, NSW. 

Vardos 25th Anniversary Show - Django @ Camelot. 103 Railway Pde Marrickville, Sydney NSW. 

Biennale of Australian Art Opening Night, Ballarat Mining Exchange. Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia at ACMI, 2018. Memo Music Hall  St Kilda with belly dancer extraordinaire Rachel Brice (USA) 2018.  Wangaratta Hall presented by Melbourne Recital Centre.

Boite World Music Cafe Eltham 2018

Docklands Firelight Festival 2018

From the Hungarian plains to the Transylvanian alps, Melbourne Recital Centre Salon29 June 2018

Inhospitable mountains and wide rivers isolated certain Eastern European communities preserving their unique culture and music. Quirky instruments and wild and wacky chordal and rhythmic combinations have evolved. Along with their usual line-up, in this concert Vardos bring you the distinct tones of the rustic hurdy gurdy, and the portable Jaws harp, the milk jug, spoons and vocal percussion used by Romany people when other instruments weren't available, the flat bridge viola and 2 string double bass of Palatka where only major chords are played and the open tuned guitar, drum and fiddle combination from Maramures on the Ukrainian border.

Dandenong World Fare 2018, Croydon Multicultural Festival 2018, Midsumma Festival Park Lounge 2018,

Benalla Festival 2017, Polish Festival Federation Square, Bonegilla 70th year celebrations.

Vardos Album Launch at The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, Melbourne Australia. 

Beltane Festival 2017, Wolfgang's Palace, 155 Nalangil Rd, Nalangil Victoria.

Boroondara Seniors Festival variety concert 2017, Hawthorn Arts Centre

Sunday 24 September 2017 8.30pm Vardos cameo appearance on The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Series 5 Episode 2, 'Sorrow Songs' ABC TV.

Sept 2017 Smiths Alternative , 76 Alinga street, Canberra. Canberra Launch of our 5th CD, Palazzo Party, with special guest Tim Meyen on hammered dulcimer.

Aug 2017 Vardos Brisbane CD Launch at BEMAC, with MZAZA. Queensland Multicultural Centre.

14 July 2017 Melbourne Recital Centre Salon, 'Romania- celebrations, rituals and magic'- Vardos with Tim Meyen.

'City Sounds' Queen Street Mall Stage, Brisbane, QLD 2017

Docklands Firelight Festival 2017, Hungarofeszt Hungarian festival and Goulash Festival, Hungarian Community Centre, Wantirna, Queen Victoria Night Market, Vampire Ball 2017

Bastille Day 2016 and the first New Year's Eve party at Philippe Restaurant

Coburg Night Market, Bridges Reserve, Coburg, Northcote Town Hall Kris Kringle Night Market 

Open Studio 10 year celebrations of Open Studio Bar and Creperie featuring Lolo Lovina (Sydney)

Speakeasy, Flinders St accompanied by world renowned Serpent Dancer, Ronicka.  

Eat Pierogi Make Love with Vardos and VULGARGRAD at the Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 

Falls Festival Byron Bay, Dec 2015- Jan 2016, HATS Auburn Courthouse Adelaide Fringe 2016, Mesopotamia Festival 2016.

Szent Iván Folk Fest, Sopron and Pajta Galéria, Salföld, Hungary 2015

L'Équitable Café Marseille, Guinguette Le Tournebelle Narbonne and Sainte-Valière residency France 2015.

Russian Resurrection Film Festival ACMI, Federation Square. Mullum Music Festival Mullumbimby NSW Australia.

Bohemian Cabaret, State Library
DARK MOFO Winter Feast 2014, Hobart, Tasmania: a three-night Bacchanalian banquet.
The Gypsy Crystal Ball at the Spotted Mallard, with Mzaza and Kavisha Mazzella.
Falls Festival Marion Bay, Tasmania.
The Courtyard Salamanca, Tasmania.
The Homestead, Tasmania.
Globe to Globe World Music Festival Melbourne.
Sydney Road Street Party Brunswick.

Caravan Music Club.
Folkworld Fairbridge Festival Western Australia 2013, Peace Concert, Kibble Park, Gosford, NSW.
Castlemaine State Festival 2013.
Camelot Lounge, Sydney.
THISTLE HALL Wellington, New Zealand.
KARAVAN! International Gypsy Music Festival.
CARNIVALE Wodonga Harmony.
The Famous Spiegeltent, Melbourne.
Snowy Mountains of Music Festival, NSW.
Hamer Hall Arts Centre, Melbourne, Opening concerts.

Harvest Festival.
Guthries , Adelaide.
Courthouse Carnival, South Australia.