Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and rebel ballads to tango, rhumba and reggae, and pretty much anything in between. Featuring Nye Parsons, one of the most captivating double-bassists you're likely to hear, and some of the finest instrumentalists on the British folk scene, their blend of virtuoso musicianship, witty political comment and a deep repertoire of powerful songs never fails to turn heads.
In the past decade Jez and various djukellas have played well over a thousand gigs; from Glastonbury Festival to the North Country Fair, New York to Taipei, Union Chapel to Extinction Rebellion.
“Ridiculously enjoyable... an unequivocal thumbs up.” Folk Radio UK
“It’s heartening to hear such thoughtful yet deeply felt songs, given the times we live in now. To hear them so well sung, so adroitly arranged and brilliantly performed is a joy.” Songlines
“Beautifully crafted and stunningly delivered... a staggering jigsaw of musical invention and a sonorous voice that drags you into every song.” Folking.com
“Jez Hellard epitomises the hardcore troubadour” R2
"Jez demonstrated that playing harmonica is a full body experience.. With fans across 3 continents, it’s easy to see and hear what all the hullaballoo’s about." Earshot Magazine,