Lyrical Charms & Incantations


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Vardos


Concert Postponed: Vardos

Due to ongoing restrictions, we regret to advise that Vardos’ Lyrical Charms & Incantations on Friday 8 October has been postponed. We are working with the artists to find a new date.

Ticketholders can either retain their current ticket for the rescheduled concert, or receive a refund through their original point of purchase. If you have any questions or concerns about this concert postponement, please contact our Ticketing Services team at

Event details

‘The virtuosity is just faultless.’ fRoots magazine (U.K.)

Three-piece band Vardos transports you to Eastern Europe with its lively performances of traditional folk music. Praised for its flawless and authentic sound, the trio learnt its craft from Roma musicians over numerous travels abroad. Driven by Alana Hunt’s wild violin and amplified by the sounds of accordion and double bass, Vardos is ravishingly entertaining.

About this concert

With a flick of her bow, violinist Alana Hunt and the musicians of Vardos carry you away to a mystical, musical world of spells, charms and curses. Magical cures for illness, prophetic calls to war and the intoxicating quest for love are all embedded within the notes and lyrics of Eastern Europe’s rich musical heritage. Performing its own arrangements of these rarely heard tales and lyrics, Vardos puts an original spin on a spell-binding assortment of traditional tunes.

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Alana Hunt violin
Kirri Büchler double bass
Sofia Chapman accordion/viola/hurdy gurdy


Traditional Transylvanian
De sok eső’ from village of Palatka

Traditional Romanian
‘Pelin beau pelin mananc’ (‘All I eat is bitter’)

Traditional Romanian
Entice your lover with herbs

Traditional Romanian
Garlic and the magic stream

Traditional Transylvanian
Ritualistic dance tunes

Traditional Hungarian
The dogs of the village bark at me

Traditional Hungarian
I shall live in a rosebush

Traditional Moldavian
Music of melodious witches

Traditional Hungarian
My mother cursed me

Traditional Hungarian
I will send 100 dogs

Traditional Romanian
Amulet of the mountain

Traditional Macedonian
I would buy you a white horse

All works arranged by Vardos.


This production is part of the following series:


Three-piece band Vardos transports you to Eastern Europe with its lively performances of traditional folk music.