An Argentinian folk duo who brought traditional guitar music to the cello, popularising the instrument in their home country, are coming to Falmouth.

Chechelos will play in Cornwall for the first time on June 21 when they bring their show Instinto to The Poly.

The duo will interpret Argentinian folk music through cello and voice at the intimate concert. It is a rare opportunity to see them as the show is one of only three dates in the UK as part of their European tour.

The duo, made up of Ramiro Zárate Gigli and Mauro Sarachian, deliver an innovative approach to Argentinian folk music, performing their own compositions as well as personal arrangements of folk classics.

Chechelos formed in 2015 while touring as part of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Río Negro. One cold night, after a concert in a small town in Patagonia, the duo crossed the street to a local Pulpería where a Folklore jam with cellos instead of guitars spontaneously happened. It was love at first note. This night was the beginning of a journey of liberation - a transition from classical cello players to popular music performers and composers.

In 2016 they officially launched their duo with a tour around Cordoba, motherland of Argentinian Folklore and home to the prestigious Cosquin Festival, one of the leading folk music festivals in Latin America, where only a year later, they won the Revelation Award. Encouraged by this unique recognition, the duo recorded their first album, a beautiful combination of complex arrangements.

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