Warm Anatolian and Mediterranean grooves in Walthamstow courtesy of Olcay Bayir and her fabulous band

If you’re into live music with global roots or simply fancy listening to something different, check out the scintillating rhythms, gorgeous vocals and uplifting songs of Olcay Bayir.

Originally from Turkey, this acclaimed London based singer-songwriter dips into her Anatolian heritage, performing original songs and traditional poems inspired by Turkish, Kurdish, Armenia and Greek culture.

Olcay’s medley of warm Anatolian and Mediterranean grooves are delivered with a contemporary twist.

Promoter Music Hallsstages this East London concert at The Sanctuary – just 6 minutes’ walk from Walthamstow Central (Victoria Line / London Overground), where Olcay Bayir and her fabulous 5-piece band will be joined by special guests.

Aurel Qirjo violin

Christian Prior piano

Huw Marc Bennett bass

Kostas Kopanris percussion

Murat Sigirci saz


The Guardian describes Olcay as, “one of the finest, most intriguing singers on the British world music scene…exquisite and uplifting.”

“If the omens don’t deceive, this fantastic singer is on the eve of a great international career,” according to Mixed World Music.

Rootstime Belgium wrote: “acknowledging and interpreting your past and your culture is very noble, but adding something essential to it with new work is even more impressive… ”

Olcay has “a heart-stoppingly beautiful and emotive voice” wrote RnR Magazine.

Concert Details

Title: Music Halls Presents: Olcay Bayir

Date: Thursday 05 May 2022

Time:  doors open 7.30 pm, concert starts 8pm

Venue: The Sanctuary, Greenleaf Road Baptist Church, 4 Greenleaf Road, Walthamstow, London E17 6QQ