Should UKIP leader Nigel Farage join Songlines Music Travel’s new trip to Romania entitled ‘At Home with the Gypsies’ he may begin to understand the wonderful history and culture of this fascinating eastern European country for who music has meant so much over the centuries.
This unique expedition provides a rare chance to experience the traditional sounds of Romania ‘in situ’, with visits to two legendary villages – Clejani, the home of Taraf de Haidouks, and Zece Prajini, the home of Fanfare Ciocarlia.
There will also be a chance to taste the urban lautari music of Bucharest and the string band music of Transylvania in the town of Medias. This part of Transylvania was fortified by German settlers in the 13th century and boasts some stunning fortified churches.
The group will also visit the Wallachian village of Clejani, where virtuoso cimbalom (hammer dulcimer) playing is a distinctive part of the sound.
The trip ends back in Bucharest with a chance to explore the wide boulevards and narrow alleys of the city and, in the evening, enjoy the urban Gypsy music that is so much part of the city’s soundscape.
The holiday costs from £1,500 pp (two sharing) which includes all land transportation, eight nights’ accommodation, most meals, musical events and sightseeing activities as per itinerary and an expert Songlines Music Travel tour leader (flights not included). All trips are based on two people sharing a room and flights are also bookable through Songlines Music Travel. Travel packs include an information sheet about the local music, plus recommended recordings and DVDs.
To make a booking or for further information on these and other Songlines Music Travel holidays you can call 01992 579 697 or visit www.songlinesmusictravel.com.