D A G D A

S C O T T I S H

M U S I C

H U N G A R Y

MEMBERS

Tom Chilton - guitar, vocals

Csilla Kaczúr - accordion, whistles

Bence Kas - percussion, vocals

Lajos Balázs - fiddle

HISTORY

Dagda was formed by Tom and Csilla in 1994 after they left the Hungarian Celtic music group MÉZ. The third member of the original band was István Bóta, a fiddler from Kolozsvár in Transylvania, who had earlier played country music. At this stage, the band mainly played Irish music in a fairly robust style. King of the Fairies Raggle Taggle Gypsy

Kelvin Bown, who had played whistles and flute with The Irish Rovers, another Budapest Celtic music band, played with Dagda as a guest and became a more or less permanent member until 1996. István, a fine musician, left the band when he went to live in Szentes, where he had met his future (and now sadly ex-) wife after a Dagda gig.

Dagda for a time was fiddle-less and increasingly featured Kelvin's sparkling whistle playing. Maggie's Pancakes The band's repertoire became more eclectic and started to reflect Kelvin's love of early music. The band's desire for a fuller sound led them to recruit Bea Horvath to play the synthesiser. Women outnumbered men in Dagda when Rachel Martin joined on vocals, adding her excellent voice, once described as "polite but sexy". Unquiet Grave

This line-up made a recording in 1996. As the five members of Dagda were helped out by three guest musicians, the resulting CD was called Dagda Mhór (big Dagda). Spalpeen Fanach  After recording Dagda Mhór, this version of the band broke up as Kelvin wandered off, Rachel went to America, and Csilla and Bea both got pregnant.

The third version of Dagda features Lajos Balázs on fiddle. Lajos, who is a violin maker to trade, brought more lyricism to Dagda's music. Csongor Turani, an old friend of Tom and Csilla's from MÉZ days joined the band on banjo for a short while. Although no longer a member, Csongor sometimes plays with the band as a guest musician.

Bence Pantali (bass, cello, dombra) and Gábor Adorjan (percussion), both from Kismaros, played with the band for several years, a period during which the band increasingly concentrated on playing Scottish dance music. This version of Dagda recorded a CD "The Merry Muse" in 2001. The Ale is Dear Turpin Hero The current line-up was completed in 2005 when Bence Kas replaced Gábor on drums.