Super Rats – Romanian lautari music, 145 Strings & biscuits

This interview features Tim Meyen and Pip Thompson from Super Rats – discussing Romanian (Roma) lautari music, the complexities of learning traditional music from different cultures, and the surprising merits of the humble lemon crisp biscuit.

Super Rats is a pun. It sounds like the Romanian word supărați, meaning “annoyed ones”.

‘Lautari’ music comes from the backstreets of Bucharest, featuring (here) the 145-string cimbalom, with violin, accordion and bass.

Band members:

Tim Meyen –cimbalom

Pip Thompson –violin

Alister Price –accordion

Simon Milman –double bass



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Featured image by Lindi Heap

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