After running out of money in New Zealand, Mystica and Boston
Balkany began a busking show which was a blend of ethnic tunes that at least one
of them knew. Later that year, they met up with violinist Bojan Cv at the Lent
festival in Slovenia and put on an impressive improvised set. Terrafolk was
After heavy touring in their native land, they headed for London
and Edinburgh where they played in pubs, then clubs, then festivals. One British
journalist described the Terrafolk sound as “Everything respected, nothing
sacred”. The UK adventure resulted in Terrafolk winning a BBC World Music Award,
even though the band was not really aware of what the “world music scene” was.
The band formed the ONE music society (Društvo za ENO glasbo) to better define
the unlimited approach to their musical style.
Bostan Balkany left the
band in 2004 to be replaced by Marko Hatlak and Janez Dovc. Marko, a ‘serious’
classical accordion player, also plays heavy drums. New descriptions of
Terrafolk appeared: folk rebels, punk attitude. The touring expanded into Spain,
Ireland, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Balkan countries. The festivals get
bigger, the audiences grow. In 2006, Kate Hosking from Melbourne replaced Janez
Dovc on double bass and added her vocals to the music.
Terrafolk have evolved from playing only traditional music to now playing mostly
Terrafolk-composed music. Live performances started as duo gigs but now the band
is performing more concerts with orchestras, special projects such as Full Circle and introducing
more talented guests from Slovenia and beyond.