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Ken answers questions from Hastings DJ Andy Gunton in a live radio broadcast during Hastings Old Town Week 2014, and The Moors (in their unplugged lineup) play an acoustic version of "Ederlezi" from their EP Meltdown.


The Moors' 2012 12-track 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 these CDs at our gigs.

Download our new ep!

Meltdown is The Moors' latest five-track EP, released in June 2014.

From the title track, a topical English klezmer/funk rap, to the manic 11/16 dance "Kopanitsa" to the beautiful Balkan Gypsy tune "Ederlezi", the 2,000-year-old dance "Tamzará and the folk medley of "Jota Alistana" (from Western Spain) and "Andro", it gives a pretty good idea of where the band are right now.

Preview it in full in the MP3 player below, and download it for £3.

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.