We are Fiddler's Green, an acoustic world folk jam band, comprising of an eclectic blend of various genres of music. It invites the listener to embark on a journey through the known and the unknown, through popular as well as the rare, old and forgotten musical traditions.
Fiddler’s Green talks about folklore of the world through songs of the South Asian subcontinent, sonically connecting them with humane stories: of shires in Middle Earth, of deserts in West Africa, merging with the streets of Havana and Puerto Rico or the wild trekking trails of Nepal or even, the Appalachian mountains.
Pan Asian folk forms like Bhatiyali, Baul, Fakiri, Bhadu, Tushu, Bihu, Goalpariya, Murshidi, Nepali Gandharva tunes, Sindhi Fakiri Qalams, Goan folk etc. freely mix with Celtic traditional tunes, Bluegrass standards, Jewish folk tunes, Afro-Cuban guaguancos and rumbas or manouche melodies from France… in an acoustic unplugged sound of the mandolin, nylon string guitar, ukulele, kazoo, tenor guitar and world percussions. A unique blend of different folk sub-genres… A very gentle and intelligent blend of Fakiri music from Bengal and Sindh with Bill Monroe and W B Yates. Songs close to a music lover’s heart, songs of the wild, songs of love…
Arko Mukhaerjee - Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele, Kazoo
One of the most unique vocalists to have hit the world music scene, Arko’s high tenor and natural huskiness is unique to sub continental contemporary music. Formally trained in Indian classical music, Arko is equally versatile with Western and Indian folk songs, blues, soul and tribal music styles which is what gives Fiddler’s Green its unique blend of the tradition and the modern.
He has been travelling all over Europe and has collaborated with several other projects in France, England and Germany and has played in eminent music festivals in Europe. He is also a popular playback singer having sung in several films, soaps and serials in Bengal and has been nominated for national music awards in India, for some of his songs. He has been researching on the roots of Indian music, trying to make a bridge with folk forms from around the world. A documentary called Bhorsha Thakuk Bangla Gaane was made in Bangladesh on him and stories of his travels with music in 2014, discussing the evolution of Bengali folk music since the last four centuries.
Along with being a singer, Arko plays the Kazoo and the ukulele as well as the nylon string guitar. He has recorded and released albums with several other folk and electronic projects from India and Europe. He also has a solo album called Ghater Kotha which is available on the internet for listening and purchasing.
Diptanshu Roy- Mandolin, Tenor Guitar, Dotara
Diptanshu Roy is perhaps the only Bluegrass mandolin player in India, and his renditions of Bengali folk melodies highlight unlikely parallels between the folk traditions of Bengal and Appalachia. He also plays European and other Indian folk styles on the mandolin. He has collaborated with several folk artists and is well acclaimed for his incredible musicianship.
He has played in many popular film scores including Piku, Nirbaak, The Bongs Again, Neellohit and Praktan. Also a Creative Director at one of the leading advertising agencies of India, Diptanshu has a great fan following for his outstanding musicality. He is the founder of Folkpick, an organization promoting and archiving folk styles of India. He is influenced by the music of Lalon Fokir, Bill Monroe, David Grisman, Andy Statman, John Hartford, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.
Shamik Chaterjee - Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Shamik has been an ardent music listener of music across the world. He is the Bass man and the soul of the band, with immense control over intricate musical rhythms and styles like Spanish, Afro, Latin, Funk, Hip hop etc. Also a true traveler at heart he takes keen interest in researching on folk musicians in Bengal. He has been associated with several folk festivals in Bengal. Shamik is earthy by nature and also works as a film editor. His influences are from Gour Khyapa to Bob Dylan, S D Burman to Miles Davis etc.
He is the man with the true essence of folk at heart. Founder member of the city band Cassini’s Division he runs a designing house in Kolkata named Grinning Tree and a Web Design & Development company by the name Digerati Webcrafts.
Ritoban Das - Indian & Afro Latin Percussions
Ritoban Das is a well known percussionist/ drummer from Kolkata. He is immensely skillful in playing an array of percussion ranging from Indian to Central Asian to African and Latin American and he has been a regular drummer with city band Cassini’s Division. He has also been a part of the Orient Express, the only authentic afro-latin band from India. He has collaborated with various folk artists such as Kartick Das Baul and Basudev Das Baul from Shantiniketan. He is an active member in the organizing committee of the Jadavpur Baul Fakir Utsav and has been a part of Tanmoy Bose’s Sufi Sutra where folk and Sufi artists from all over the world came together to play under one stage.
Ritoban traveled to France twice with Arko in 2013 and 2014 to play in several festivals and concerts there with projects Crossover, Ashram and Barista. His versatility and expertise is the heart of the band.