The Flying Carpathians are a dynamic and evocative band
who perform music from Central / Eastern Europe, with West
African influences and a unique Australian touch.
The Flying Carpathians features some of Fremantle’s
finest musicians, harnessing the energy of the Balkan dance
floors, on a dazzling array of instruments ...It’s
a flying carpet ride of contagious music!
The Flying Carpathians also teach the circle dances traditionally
associated with their music, such as the Greek Miserlou,
the Turkish Yaylarlar, the Russian Troika or the popular
Israeli dance Hava Nagila.
Learning these dances is a fantastic, accessible way to celebrate, have fun,
and build community, creating a vibrant, festive atmosphere.
The Flying Carpathians are: Tony Lane, Sarah Peet, Jamie David and Mark Cain.
Four multi-instrumentalists, playing violin, guitar, cello and saxophone as well
as electric bass, mandolin and percussion. More exotic instruments include the
bala (xyllophone) from West Africa, the gaida and zurna (bagpipe and oboe) from
Bulgaria and Turkey, and the mbira (thumb piano) from Zimbabwe.
For extra special occasions the band is joined by drummer, Vince Parvit, and
dance teacher extraordinaire, Palenque Blair.
The Flying Carpathians are the perfect choice of entertainment
for your wedding, festival or concert.