Popeluc

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The traditional music of Transylvania was combined with British folk music by three-piece band, Popeluc. Performing in traditional Translvanian costumes, the trio merged the two cultures, often playing…
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The traditional music of Transylvania was combined with British folk music by three-piece band, Popeluc. Performing in traditional Translvanian costumes, the trio merged the two cultures, often playing songs as part of extended medleys. According to a writer for British music magazine Folk Roots, "In my time, I've heard quite a lot of Rumanian music, both here and there, and Popeluc had the authentic ring about it."

The inspiration that led to the formation of Popeluc was sparked when Ioan Pope, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist hailing from the northern Transylvanian county of Maramures, met British fiddler Lucy Castle-Hotea. The duo was expanded to a trio with the addition of Castle-Hotea's father, Pete Castle, a twenty-year veteran of the British folk and festival circuit.

Popeluc's unique musical blend attracted considerable attention. Their debut album, Maramures Et Cetera, was bootlegged before its official release date and one tune was used to introduce the news on BBC radio. Their second album, Live at Pebble Mill, documents the trio's exciting concert performances. The members of Popeluc collaborated on a tourist guidebook, Popeluc Guide to Transylvania. Although Popeluc never officially disbanded, the three musicians went their separate ways in 1997. There are no plans for a reunion.