The Family Elan generally performs as a trio, featuring Krzysztof Hładowski (of A Hawk and A Hacksaw, The One Ensemble, Nalle, Scatter fame) on Greek bouzouki, elektrosaz & vocals, Harry Wheeler on fancy bass, and Shakeeb Abu Hamdan (of Please, Ygrec, Cleckhuddersfax, The Wub) on Western drum kit.
Collaborators past and present include the singer Stephanie Hladowski, percussionists Mark ‘The Inimitable’ Hearne & Patrick Farmer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Hanna Tuulikki, and double bass player Seth Bennett, not to mention the wonderful Jaipur Kawa Brass Band from Rajasthan, Jhelum’s roving maestro Sagir Ali Khan and family, and Bradford’s own Hameed Brothers Qawwal & Party, and Tazeem Khan.
The scope of the Family Elan’s output ranges from self penned meditations in the key of Z minor, and the odd party hit, to irreverent interpretations of everything from Hindi film songs to Turkish folk dances, delivered with the countenances of psychedelic rockers (see above photo).
Perhaps the unifying strand in all this is a deep interest in traditional music forms and their reinvention through group rock outs.
“Stare of Dawn” lp/cd on Locust Music
“Bow Low Bright Glow” lp/cd on Alt.Vinyl