THE MOORS are a band founded in 2009 in Hastings, East Sussex, UK, by Elaine and Ken Edwards. We have played many indoor and outdoor gigs in South East England and beyond.

THE MOORS’ brew includes Balkan music, klezmer, mediaeval Sephardic melodies, Cuban rhythms and folk-rock, combining original compositions and arrangements of traditional music. It's at times raucous, beautiful, manic, trippy. Yes, you can dance to it, and you must.

MOORISH - the unplugged version of The Moors - plays more reflective, traditional music, often without a drummer, sometimes as a duo or trio.

HOT (Hastings Online Times) met The Moors recently.

Try and catch us live if you can. As one happy promoter said: "Their unique combination of technical brilliance with foot-stomping energy always lights up the audience when they play."

And a member of the audience at our 2013 Brighton Fringe gig added: "What an amazing performance. By an incredibly talented band. It was my initiation into the wonderful world of Klezmer, Balkan and... all kinds of gorgeous rhythms and melodies."

To keep up to date with our gigs in 2016, please visit our gigs page.


Next gig...

No forthcoming gigs right now, but watch this space!

Click here for details of future gigs

Elaine Edwards – soprano sax, flute, accordion

Jenny Benwell – fiddle

Andy Maby – drums

Russell Field – drums

Richard Butler – guitar

Ken Edwards
bass, vocals

Previous Moors drummers:
Tok Tippayanasa
Tom Alexander


Deputy Moors have included: 
Chris Hamblin (fiddle)
Will Thomson (guitar)

Looking for the (US) Moors? The US-based band called the Moors is not currently active but has a loyal following. Their original and traditional songs combine Celtic, medieval and modern music in an unforgettable electronic and otherworldy setting, drawing on the trance-inducing and consciousness-altering properties of overtones, featuring primal percussion and haunting winds and vocals.