41st National Táncház Festival & Fair • 1–3 April 2022
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Kerekes Band – interview with founding member Fehér Zsombor about the path this band has taken over the past 25 years. The band members describe themselves “city boys, but with strong family ties to the countryside” (Fedémes, Palóc region). Zsombor’s parents participated in Hungary’s revival movement. For the first 10 years band members collected original traditional music in the countryside (mainly in Transylvania’s Gyimes region) and played for dance houses, following the ‘classic’ recipe for dance house movement bands. Then came the questions: “…we listen to the music and stories of the master village musicians – their stories; but what is OUR story? Do we play their tunes exactly like they do, or do we have our own history?” When the director of Periferic Records (a Hungarian progressive rock label) approached them about making a record – providing the sound of rock and roll would be included – the band was ecstatic. Since then, that is the path their music has taken. Interview by Jávorszky Béla Szilárd published in Mandiner. 2020 Nov. 26.