Following extraordinary sell-out performances at Mona, Hobart as part of Ten Days on the Island and at the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine as part of Castlemaine State Festival in 2019.
OnTour and Woodford Folk Festival present Božo Vrećo along with a world-renowned band, Božo expresses the pathos, melancholy, and yearning that are associated with Sevdalinka Music.
With eyeliner, long hair, beard, tattoos, and fabulous dresses, Božo Vrećo explores the masculine and feminine. In the intense melancholy of sevdalinka folk music, Božo’s emotive tenor adds delicacy.
As a result of wars ravaging the Balkans during the 1990s, Sevdalinka has gained popularity there.
Born in Foca, a town in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina on the banks of the river Drina, Vreco moved to Belgrade as a young man to study archaeology but quickly discovered sevdahlinka was his true passion.
Despite those conservative attitudes, Vrećo, who happily goes by male pronouns, has been enthusiastically embraced at home.
Today, Vreco brings his unique visual style to the stage, he says he's harnessing the strength of that sanctuary to inspire others who have the courage to stand out.
Vrećo first gained popularity through his band Halka and in 2018 he released his fifth album, Melek to global acclaim. His music has been used in documentaries, ballet and theatrical performances
“The artist of angelic voice, who heals the soul and opens the heart.: – NEW YORK TIMES