“I like all kinds of music, but playing the folk tradition is what I enjoy most. „

photo: Levente Váradi

“I was literally born into the dancehouse movement in 1973, as my parents took an active role in organizing the first “táncház” in Budapest. I grew up with my father constantly listening to folk records by the bands of the time – he was making choreographies. This environment accompanied me throughout my childhood, which I spent at dance houses and rehearsal rooms, absorbing folk music without noticing. I learnt to play the cello from Ferenc Belej and the groundwork of music theory from Eszter Demel. As the first violinist of Téka band, László Porteleki taught in my school, I soon joined a folk music band there. By the time I entered secondary shool, there was a folk music faculty, where I learnt to play double bass under the guidance of Elemér Konkoly and Albert Mohácsy. I also attended classes by Pál Havasréti at Óbuda Music School. I first met village musicians, the transmitters of living tradition in summer camps. They taught me and occasionally I got to assist field work with my play. I got to pass all the stages of folk music studies by the age of 18, but one vital part was still missing: regular contact with, personal experience of and field work collecting village music.

Born into folk music culture as his father is a dancer-choreographer, a start in classical music, a lasting affair with blues – playing bass for Dr Valter blues band – and a final homecoming to the folk tradition could describe the musical path of András Lelkes. He set up the label FolkEuropa with Endre Liber in the year 2000.

I decided to enter higher education, studying at Business College and the University of Economics, but I never stopped playing music. I played in a blues band, Dr. Valter & the Lawbreakers, and got back into folk music playing in Cifra band and finally Tükrös. For a couple of terms I also studied jazz at Erkel Ferenc Music School.

We launched the label FolkEuropa with my partner Endre Liber in 2001, I have been working with music from the industry side ever since. Albums by Tükrös Ensemble received several awards and good reviews, but I treasure the praise given to the series recording field work equally high.”


  • Baby Ride, Dr. Valter & the Lawbreakers (Crossroads Records, 1993)
  • VII., Cifra (Szerzői, 1996)
  • Music from Hungary, Táltos (Szerzői, 1997)
  • Tavaszi szél. Magyar népzene a Kárpát-medence területéről, Táltos, (Szerzői, 1997)
  • Cifra ensemble from Hungary, Cifra (Szerzői, 1997)
  • Halld a tárogató hangját!, Kiss Gy. László, (Hungaroton Records, 1999)
  • A tánc és a zene, Cifra (Szerzői, 2000)
  • Hangok a múltból, Kiss Gy. László (Hungaroton Records, 2003)
  • Tavaszi Hadjárat 2. Huszár- és katonaénekek (PI-2000, Magyar Vár Alapítvány, 2004)
  • Transfiguratio, Kiss Gy. László (Hungaroton Records, 2008)
  • Kapuvári séta, Kiss Gy. László (FolkEurópa, 2014)
  • Falusi randevú, Zsikó Zoltán és zenekara (FolkEurópa, 2015)
  • A tárogató arcai, Kiss Gy. László (FolkEurópa, 2016)
  • Minek nevezzelek…, Tímár Sára (Gryllus, 2018)
  • Református hálaének népzenével, Tímár Sára (Gryllus, 2018)
  • Bonchidától Bonchidáig, Ocskay Rita (PTE, 2018)


  • Rocklenyomat’94 Debrecen, Dr. Valter & the Lawbreakers (Független Ifjúsági Kamara (FIKA), 1994)
  • Új élő népzene 5., Tükrös (Táncház Egyesület, 1999)
  • Hangvető 2004-2005, Tükrös (Hangvető, 2005)
  • Hungarian Heartbeats, Tükrös (Hangvető, 2011)
  • Táncház – Népzene 2015, Zsikó Zoltán és zenekara (Hagyományok Háza, 2015)
  • Táncház – Népzene 2016, Zsikó Zenekar (Hagyományok Háza, 2016)
  • Táncház – Népzene 2017, Soós Csaba (Hagyományok Háza, 2017)


  • The Dirty Dozen, Dr. Valter & the Lawbreakers (Mimikri, 1995)
  • Jana-Janica, Roza Bancseva (Fonó Records, 2000)
  • Szerelemcsütörtök dobszerda, Korzenszky Klára (FolkEurópa, 2012)

Péter Árendás

Attila Halmos

Gergely Koncz

András Lelkes

Endre Liber

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