About Txütxükan:

Txütxükan (pronounced 'TshooTshooKan') is a young punchy French band, mainly inspired by Eastern European music (Gypsy, Balkan, Klezmer), with influences from a wide range of music, our repertoire includes fast, festive sets, emotional songs, well-known tunes, and a bit of madness. They toured for 3 years in France, Ireland, and Germany, playing over 170 gigs. In 2010 they lived together in Ireland for 9 months to record a new album which will be released this summer!

All the influences of the band come together on this album where you will hear us travel; listening to languorous swing, upbeat surf, going to the East through the Balkans as far as Indonesia, and even lose ourselves in electric roads (Rock, funk ..).



Biography:

On the 28th of December 2007 an old van left France with four guys for a one-month trip with this one goal: record an album, with compositions mainly inspired by Balkan music!!

18 hours on the ferry 'Oscar Wilde': they sat down around the piano bar, and started playing. In Ireland they were amazed, everyone seemed to like music!! After two days playing together, they got their first gig in Cork on New Year's Eve, calling the band "Meskach" which means "Melt" in Breton.

The magical mystery tours had started... Guinness, gigs, parties, travelling around the West of Ireland, meeting so many friendly and welcoming people, sometimes playing in the van while driving, and finally recording in their first album in UL studio where Dylan was studying music technology. They released the album in september 2008 with a launching tour in Ireland. Then they were named "Txütxükan" (pronounced tchutchukan) which means "DIY" in Basque language!"

In January 2009 they started touring in France with a new member in the band, playing double bass. They played in Toulouse, Nantes, in Brittany, in Paris, in Lille... they did a 3rd tour in Ireland with the new combo and found it as a revelation: they had to come back and settle there !!

They stayed 9 months in Macroom, Co. Cork where they set up a home studio and recorded a new album. In summer 2010 they played over 10 festivals in Ireland and then took a break. They are now back on the roads with the new album, "Surf the river Lee" !



Highlights:

Festival of World Cultures (Dun Laoghaire, IE), Festival Wazemmes l'Accordéon (Lille, FR), Gypsy Carnival (Cork, IE), Friedrischroda Festival (DE), Mermaid Arts Center (Bray, IE), Clipper Race Festival (Kinsale, IE), Fusion Festival (Lärz, DE), Balkanarama (Dublin, IE), Festival Aurillac (avec Mabouls Distorsion, FR), Na Bealtaine Festival (Dingle, IE), Cairde Festival (Sligo, IE), Theâtre de l'Almendra (Rouen, FR), De Barras (Clonakilty, IE), Blue Grass Festival (Dunmore East, IE), The Milltown Inn (Kildare, IE), Bandon Street Festival (IE), BalkanBeats (Live Factory, Nantes, FR), Theâtre de St Saëns (Rouen, FR), Museum (Hildburghausen , DE), The Pavilion (Cork, IE), MJC Feigneux (Oise, FR), Crane Lane Theatre (Cork, IE), Sandinos (Derry, UK), Midsummer Festival (Cork, IE), Festival Jour de Fête (Feigneux, FR), NorthSide Festival (Dublin, IE), Festival 10 ans de Relief (Calais, FR), Bray Summer Fest (Bray, IE), Balkan Bohemia (Cork, IE), Uli-Alto (Navarra, ES), Knockan Stockan Festival (Wiclow, IE)