Don Kipper are a multi award-winning ensemble playing a wide range of traditional musical forms reflecting the cultural diversity of North East London, from Turkish and Greek Folk Musics to Romani music and Klezmer. While we attempt to root ourselves deeply in the traditions that surround us, we also like to bring these musical cultures together in innovative, exciting, and unusual ways that mirror London’s vibrant, cosmopolitan energy. We're equally happy taking an intimate audience on a musical journey through Europe as we are taking their feet on a frantic journey around the dancefloor, at home both on large outdoor stages playing to a crowd of ecstatic dancers, and in sweaty tents getting the throng jumping.
Since 2013, we have performed as the BBC Introducing act at WOMAD released our First and Second albums, been featured on BBC Radio 3 and the BBC World Service, played two European Tours, and won the titles of both the Moshe Beregovski Award for best Klezmer Newcomers and World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands.
**** The Guardian
“So tight it sounds like one divine entity is playing the band”
“Sure to send shivers down your spine”
“Unbridled musical passion & virtuosic mastery”
"The true sound of our capital"
**** The Evening Standard
"The sound of north-east London, indeed."
The Financial Times
“Urban grooves… guaranteed to detonate any club dance floor”
“Playing of the highest order”
“i heard my first klezmer band at about 3 in the morning, eating eggs, scrambled eggs with loads of garlic in a place called Sammy’s Romanian, a basement bar on the lower east side. … this band is called Don Kipper they do more than klezmer, they’re very good”
Iggy Pop, BBC Radio 6 Music