Besh o droM is a Hungarian band. Their music blends folk and contemporary instruments, including the cymbalom and the EWI, in styles ranging from punk-rock to world music. They acknowledge particular influences from Transylvanian, Jewish, Turkish, Afghan, Egyptian, Lebanese, Armenian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Macedonian and Greek musical traditions.
The band was formed in Budapest in August 1999, recently based in Budapest, Bristol and Jerusalem. Their Romany title in the Lovari dialect (Besh o droM means ‘Sit on the road’), but its real meaning is ’follow your path, get on with it’. It is also wordplay in Hungarian meaning ’I am rolling…’ (a joint).
They have made a special appearance in Miklós Jancsó’s movie Last Supper at the Arabian Gray Horse. They have also composed and performed the original soundtrack for the National Theatre of Szeged’s 2001/2002 season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.