Folky balkan jazz with cinematic classicism
…   spellbinding beauty … exhilarating energy.

Welcome to Chaika

2016 took Chaika to many places, including a May tour through NSW and the ACT; the wonderful Humph Hall for a charity fundraiser for UNHCR; the gorgeous Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival; and a whirlwind November tour to Queensland.

We started 2017 with a bang supporting Irish multi-platinum artist Sharon Shannon for her only Sydney show at The Basement: from the likes of playing alongside Bono, Sinead O’Connor, and Alison Krauss, we felt like we were in very good company, especially when her band got cranking out the tunes and the crowd was stomping along.

Our exciting news for this year is that we are getting ready to record our third album. We’ve spent a year and a half of work honing a dozen or so brand new tunes that we started writing at Bundanon in May 2015 while we were Artists in Residence there. Our audiences have been loving this new music as much as we do and we’re looking forward to recording it later this year.

I Monti, the title track from Chaika’s latest album.
Head over to our YouTube channel to view more.

Head over to bandcamp to hear more of our music.


After closing the Vivid Sydney Festival at Django Bar in June we’ve gone into our yearly hibernation while a goodly portion of the band heads to warmer climes and northerly hemispheres. When they return we’ll continue our work towards our recording dates at the end of the year.

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