Dear friends, as with so many artists and others, many Vardos Trio live performances were cancelled. You can support us by buying our albums online- please follow this link as a greater percentage goes to the musicians:      https://vardostrio.bandcamp.com/

Thursday 25 June 2020

7:00PM — 8:00PM

From the World to Whittlesea online concert. Watch concert online HERE

Streamed online, professional artists, musicians including Vardos, poets and storytellers perform live. Overshadowed by the impact of COVID19, the refugee experience is ageless. People have always emigrated, but many have done so against their will, facing impossible challenges, so while we lament the difficulties of staying home, this concert will remind us of those who have been forced to leave theirs.

Sunday 28 June 2020 5-7pm

Vardos PBS Sounds Like Home - tune in to PBS Radio 106.7FM

As music lovers, we're all ready for a return to normality and, a return to live music. In the interim, PBS has decided to bring the live vibe direct from artists' homes to yours with Sounds Like Home.

Sounds like Home highlights local, diverse and talented musicians from the community, with each session delivering a brand new intimate recording from an artist you love; delivered immediately from artist to listener. Tune in to Global Village on Sunday June 28 for an eclectic performance from local trio Vardos. (Approx 5:25-5:45 but why not listen to the whole Global Village 5-7?)

Driven by violinist Alana, chased by Kirri (double bass) and Sofia (accordion), Vardos play folk and Romany music learnt from Rroma musicians during their Eastern European travels.

2-5 July

Vardos Bandcamp Binge

With Vardos performances cancelled, you can enjoy our music and support us by buying albums online. We have made them ridiculously cheap, but you are welcome to give more- thanks so much to those who have! Friday 3 July is a great time to do it as Bandcamp are waiving their fees and 100% goes to artists!
6 albums available including 'The Top Secret Violin Case', the 2020 audioplay recording of our La Mama theatre show, supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.



20-22 March Yackandandah Folk Festival

29 March Vardos Trio & Folk Dancing, Korona Csárda Restaurant. 760 Boronia Rd Wantirna

24 April 2020 Vardos at Wyreena Music Café Croydon.

16th May 12th Annual Windfire Music Festival, Geelong.  

30 May- 6 June 'Keep the Fire'  In connection with the 100th anniversary of the events in Hungary, a new dance theatre show with the lead role by Miklós Varga, featuring Hungarian dance by Farkas Tamás with music by Vardos. 

26-28 June Dockland's Firelight Festival 2020

3-5 July Women Writers Colloquium, Sainte-Valière, France

Thursday 15 October 2020 6pm 

Vardos and Melbourne Recital Centre present: Music to Spy to

Part of series: Local Heroes 2020

Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006

Experience the ensemble delve into the intriguing true story of violinist turned spy catcher. Ion Petre Stoican was an ambitious violinist in 1970s Romania during the Ceausescu dictatorship. Snubbed by the musical elite of Bucharest, he managed to get to the top by catching a western spy. Instead of a cash reward from the government, Ion asked to record an album with leading musicians. Vardos presents this thrilling musical story, exploring echoes of the Ceausescu regime that can be felt at every turn.

Duration: 1 hour (no interval) TICKETS Standard $40 ($29 Concession)

performances since 2012 include


Performances since 2012 include: 

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 Acaroglu. 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.

Now available as an audioplay, supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.

Friday 28 February 2020  Journey to the Danube Delta Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

Vardos take a 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. After long time Vardos were back again!!! part of Balkan Festival. This was a fun night and turned out to be the last live performance for a while...

Sat 23 Nov 2019 Vardos in the all star group 'Sonic Temple' Support act for Macedonian band Synthesis -Down Under 2019 Tour Thornbury Theatre

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

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.

26 Oct 2019 Vardos Trio and Folk Dancing at Korona Csárda  760 Boronia Rd Wantirna.  SOLD OUT!!

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.


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 25 year anniversary

Docklands Firelight Festival 2017-19

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

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.