Una & Balkan Bears

Una & Balkan Bears


Una and the Balkan Bears is a collaboration of Irish artist and Shakira's solo violinist Una Palliser with some of Eastern Europe’s most virtuosic musicians.


Una and the Balkan Bears is a collaboration of Irish artist and Shakira's solo violinist Una Palliser with some of Eastern Europe’s most virtuosic musicians.

Una graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London with 1st Class Hons, but has spent the last few years touring/recording with Moby, Gnarls Barkley, Take That, Bueno Vista Social Club and Maxim Vengerov. She spent the last year as featured solo violinist with Shakira on Sale El Sol World Tour. Her version of Irish folk song ‘Mo Ghile Mear’ is being used on the Specsavers advert, and her passion for Balkan music led her to Slovenia where she has had a number 1 radio hit as guest with band Terrafolk.

Una began her collaboration with ‘The Balkan Bears’ in 2010, made up of Eastern Europe’s most highly esteemed musicians. Extraodinary multi instrumentalist Bostjan plays clarinet, the musical saw, bodhran, ocarina and whistles, has performed with the Dubliners and won critical acclaim for his starring role in theatre shows including Patty Diphusa. He has been touring and performing internationally with accordion player and prolific composer Janez Dovc for the last few years. Bostjan and Janez were both members of slovenian band Terrafolk, winner of BBC World Music Award. Fourth member of the band is jazz tuba player, Goran Krmac, graduated on Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Together they have toured the UK and Ireland and performed on RTE Radio 1 and at Ronnie Scotts in London to great acclaim.

Terrafolk references:
1. Awards
Best Act of the Folkwoods festival 2005 (Holland)
Tap Water Awards 2004 (Scotland)
BBC Radio World Music Audience Award 2003 (International)
Spirit of the Fringe 2002 (Scotland)
Boomerang 2002 (Slovenia)
The Sun Fallon Award 2001,2002,2003

2. Discography
Stereo Folk Live (2001) Musicnet
Pulover ljubezni, Jumper of Love (2002) Musicnet
N'taka (2004) Musicnet/Menart
Live at Queen's Hall(2006) Musicnet/Menart
Full Circle(2008)Musicnet/Menart

3. Performed on stage/recorded(audio,video) with:
Midnight Sun Trio (Norway)
Susanne Lundeng - violin (Norway)
Arvid Engegård – violin (Norway)
Knut E. Sundquist - double bass (Norway)
Neil Innes - song writer and performer in Monty Pyton, The Rutles, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band… (UK)
Tommy Emanuel - fingerpicking guitar (Australia)
The Cat Empire (Australia)
The Symphony Orchestra of Radio and Television Slovenia, conducted by David de Villiers (South Africa)
Anja Bukovec - violin (Slovenia)
The World Famous pyrotechnicians (UK) and many others…

4. Some important venues and festivals where Terrafolk have performed:
Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru-Wales Millennium Centre,Cardiff, UK
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Shepherds Bush Empire, London
The Aldeburgh Proms, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape Suffolk, UK
Križanke, Ljubljana
The Famous Spiegeltent, Edinburgh Fringe
The Gilded Baloon, Edinburgh Fringe
Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana
Vatroslav Lisinski, Zagreb
Shetland Folk Festival 2007(Scotland) Glastonbury festival
Lent festival (Slovenia)
Druga godba festival (Slovenia)
EBU Folk Music Festival (Germany 2002, Sweden 2006)
Folkwoods festival (Holland)
Ortiguera festival (Spain)
Musicport World Music Festival, Whitby, UK
Big in Falkirk Festival with Full Circle
clubs (Borderline, Ocean, 100 Club - London; Brotfabrik - Frankfurt,…)

4.Countries where Terrafolk played
Austria, Bosnia, Croati, England, France, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales.


Una & Balkan Bears Discography:

Between them Una and the Balkan Bears have played on over 100 records including:

-Live From Paris (Sony) 2011

-Ice Harvest 2011
-Full Circle (Menart) 2008
-Live at Queen's Hall 2006
-N'taka 2004
-Jumper of love 2002
- Stereo folk live 2001

Brian Eno
Lovely Bones Soundtrack 2009

The Killers
Live at Abbey Road (Channel 4) 2010

Smoke Fairies
Troubles (Music For Heroes) 2008

Gnarls Barkley
Crazy (BBC) 2007

Take That
Beautiful World Live (Universal) 2008

A nyár (EMI) 2009

Carl Barat
Carl Barat (PIAS / Arcady) 2010

Paloma Faith
Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful (Sony) 2009

Kaja Draksler
Akropola (Goga) 2007
Türkü (DruGod) 2009

When We Were Young (BBC) 2008

Tony Christie
Made In Sheffield 2008

Gary Barlow
Brittania High Soundtrack (polydor) 2008

All Angels
All Angels(Universal) 2006