Performances since 2012 include:
Wonthaggi International Film Festival 2021
Fish Creek Children’s Literature Festival
The Vardos Cookbook : Part of Local Heroes Series, Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre. Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank
From feast to famine, the culinary identity of Eastern Europe can be traced back through song. Vardos delves into the great melting pot of music from Hungary, Romania and their neighbours, stirring up many delicious discoveries to savour. Original arrangements of rarely heard songs about cooking and food provide a glimpse into the region’s wonderful culture. Vardos’s enthusiasm for this scrumptious fare, combined with its stunning musical talents, entices you to journey further and sample every course. Alana Hunt violin, Kirri Büchler double bass, Sofia Chapman accordion/viola/hurdy gurdy.
Gulyásfesztivál! Goulash Festival. Hungarian Community Centre, 760 Boronia Rd Wantirna.
BIG STRINGS FESTIVAL- In conjunction with the City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government, Artist Bookings is proud to present Melbourne's finest big string musicians performing originals and reinterpreted classics throughout Melbourne's laneways. Vardos play acoustically outside at 22 Brown Alley 4-6pm. Alana Hunt- violin, Sofia Chapman- viola, Frances Evans- double bass.
Season opening Gyöngyös Táncház (dance house) live music performing Vardos Trio
Au revoir 2020! NYE Celebration at Philippe restaurant, Melbourne. Dining under the stars in George Parade. Sofia and Alana from Vardos -chansons françaises as well as your Eastern European favourites!
18 Dec 2020 and 27 Feb 21 Vardos Live @ Korona Csárda Hungarian restaurant. There's nothing quite like the melodies of Vardos in our revamped Beer Garden! 760 Boronia Rd Wantirna.
December 2020- Vardos live in the City of Boroondara, first live public performances since March!
Fri 4th Beswicke Square, Hawthorn, Saturday 5th Ashburton, Sat 12th Union Rd Surrey Hills
Now available as an audioplay, supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants
In January 2020, Vardos, La Mama and the Burning Deck Theatre Company presented The Top Secret Violin Case at La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond Street, Carlton VIC, part of Midsumma Festival. A new play by Sofia Chapman, with Vardos playing live on stage. Lighting Teri Steer. Outside eye Görkem Acaroğlu. Image by Darren Gill. Romania, 1970 something, in the grip of Ceaușescu's oppressive regime. Enter Brad (played by Sasha Čuha), hoping to escape his American closet and learn Romanian folk music, whilst dodging the secret police, until he encounters an ambitious violinist who will stop at nothing to get to the top ... 'Hilarious, weird, dark and light' Eloise Caleo We had an extremely successful and sold out season! A great review from Stage Whispers- click here.
28 February 2020 Journey to the Danube Delta Primrose Potter Salon Melbourne Recital Centre
Vardos journey down the River Danube, winding through countries and making music along the way. Hear the wind blow on the river, generating spinning dances in Slovakian kitchens, fuelling the health spas of Serbia, growing apples and sustaining foxes in Bulgaria, Jewish dancers in Southern Ukraine and a whole region of folk music in Hungary. All presented with the captivating combination of violin, accordion, double bass, viola, hurdy gurdy, and songs in five languages.
8 March 2020 Port Melbourne Wine and Cheese Festival
Thurs 12 March 2020 Vardos Live at Oussou- BAR OUSSOU 653 Sydney Rd Brunswick, part of Balkan Festival. This was a fun night and turned out to be the last live performance for a while...
Synthesis -Down Under 2019 Tour Nov 2019 Vardos in the all star group 'Sonic Temple' Support act for Macedonian band Thornbury Theatre
'From the Caravan to the Club' at Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
Vardos trace the beloved Roma 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 Romani (Gypsy) language. These rousing works unearth a trove of mysterious and exotic wonders.
The Final Village Festival at Edinburgh Gardens 2019
'From Myth to Masterpiece' at Primrose Potter Salon: May 2019. 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 the classics that reflect ancient beginnings performed on early instruments such as the three-string viola and hurdy gurdy.
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
THE MAKERS FESTIVAL Kingston City Hall
Polish Festival at Federation Square 2017-2018
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 25 year anniversary
Docklands Firelight Festival 2017-18
From the Hungarian plains to the Transylvanian alps, Melbourne Recital Centre Salon 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, 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
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
10 year celebrations of Open Studio Bar and Creperie featuring Lolo Lovina (Sydney)
Speakeasy, Flinders St accompanied by world renowned Serpent Dancer, Ronicka (photo Brig Bee)
Eat Pierogi Make Love with Vardos and VULGARGRAD at 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
Courthouse Carnival, South Australia