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Back on record

The Moors are back in the recording studio. Eighteen months on from the release of our album The Moors (see below), we're recording five numbers for release as an EP, Meltdown, in spring 2014. The launch is on 15 June at the Electric Palace, Hastings.

Meltdown will be available from 15 June as a download from our Bandcamp site and from iTunes and other online retailers. A limited edition CD of the five-track EP will be given away exclusively to those who book for our launch gig.

The tracks on the EP are: 

  • Meltdown
  • Kopanitsa
  • Tamzara
  • Ederlezi
  • Jota Alistana/Andro



The Moors' first full-length album, titled THE MOORS, is available as a download for just £5 from our Bandcamp site. You can also buy the CD online here for £9.50 + £1.50 p&p.

Preview it free first. Listen to the whole album online now

FREE DOWNLOAD Our first recording was a seven-track CD recorded  "live in the studio" in 2009. You can now download six tracks completely free of charge. There are still a few copies of the CD (which contains an extra track) available for £4.50 + £1.50 p&p.

Or buy both CDs at our gigs.

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, jazz, blues, folk and rock music, and encompasses original compositions as well as arrangements of traditional music.

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 2014, please visit our gigs page.


Elaine Edwards – soprano sax, flute, accordion

Elaine has played flute and piano for over 20 years, and in recent years has added saxophone and accordion. She has studied and teaches classical/contemporary music and multi-media.

Jenny Benwell – fiddle

Jenny studied violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to play fiddle and viola in folk-rock bands, touring Europe. She continues her classical career, and teaches music.

Richard Butler – guitar

Richard studied music at Goldsmith College in London. He teaches guitar. Like all the other Moors Richard lives in Hastings, just around the corner from Ken and Elaine.

Ken Edwards – bass, vocals

Ken is an editor and writer who runs the small press Reality Street. He has been involved with contemporary music of various kinds for many years, both as composer and performer.

Andy Maby – drums

Andy was The Moors' first drummer and still plays regularly with us when he's not busy with other bands.


Russell Field - drums

Russell plays regularly with Barbara Dickson, Midge Ure and others, and sometimes with The Moors.

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.