A captivating and energetic mixture of English and Turkish folk music, self-penned material and driven tunes from the English Morris & Turkish & Greek Cypriot traditions give Doğan & The Deerhunters a big, unique sound that screams "World Fusion'.
A hugely dynamic frontman and exceptional vocalist, Doğan also excels on fiddle, guitar and melodeon (as well a variety of traditional Turkish instruments) in a wide cross-section of styles from jazz and funk to soul and indie-rock. With his big band (The Deerhunters) he cleverly fuses Anglo-Turkish, Gypsy-Punk styles in a mix of traditions and strong acoustic grooves.
Brighton born and bred, Doğan Mehmet is a second generation Turkish Cypriot, with both sides of his family from the island. His heritage forms a big part of his musical identity, alongside his love for English traditional music and the rich cultural heritage of Brighton and the Sussex coast.
After the release of his debut album 'Gypsyhead', (which received great reviews worldwide) in 2009, the band are working on their new album due for release in the Spring – meanwhile through their exhilarating live shows, they ever increasing their reputation as of one of the most original and exciting live acts to come out of the folk scene in recent years. Highly, highly recommended.
“Dogan Mehmet is a British folk original...a talent to watch” Songlines
"One couldn't engineer a better response to the theft of the people's music than Dogan Mehmet... whose debut shines" Sunday Times
"Dogan took the Audience on a European journey with his resonant voice and rhythmic dance music" BBC Radio 2
“Whether in full Turkish mode, re-jigging English trad, or concocting his own patent mixture of the two, it’s a remarkable debut.“ Mojo
"This young man is truly a breath of fresh air for the UK Folk scene with his east meets west sound." Hobgoblin Music
"One of the UK's First Turkish Morrismen" The Argus