Music Culture in Kırşehir

Folk music is a music genre created by folks' own cultural features. It is associated with other features of culture, so it includes local features. Anatolian folk music, is one of the folk music cultures in the world, has more details in the context of geographical features, ethnicity and locality. The folk music of Kırşehir’s region, is a type of the Anatolian folk music the folk music Kirsehir's region can be represented with the three main codes as Abdal, Bozlak, and saz.
Bozlak culture which are the expression of saz (music instrument) and saying culture in Anatolia, whose origins go back to Central Asia, It has an important place in Central Anatolia especially in Kırşehir. Poets (called Bozlaklar) such as Aşık Said, Muharrem Ertaş, Ali Çekiç, Şemsi Yastıman and the greatest saz and the master of lyricist Neşet Ertaş contributed to the development of music throughout the country and the emergence of new artists with new works.
Since the works are not recorded in the Ozan (Minstrel) tradition, the songs of Kırşehir are sang by different dialects and interpretations without being cited in many regions. The minstrels of Kirsehir have lived a modest life. Minstrels have moved the past to the present and the future by expressing life styles, thoughts and emotions of society with the saz and lyrics.
“Masters of Music and Play Group of Kırşehir” was established in 2001 under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in order to keep alive the culture of Bozlak, which is a part of the Abdal tradition and which has been saved from oblivion today. The masters of this community receive great acclaim at home and abroad and ensure the abdal tradition.

Instruments Used in Kırşehir Folk Music
Abdals in Kirsehir are specialised in the typical music of the region. Different performance modalities of this music are existed. Music is generated with the instruments listed below always accompanied by singing, except for the davul-zurna combination.
Music is generally created with combinations below.
- davul + zurna 
- saz solo 
- saz + darbuka 
- saz, darbuka and other percussion instruments 
- saz + violin and percussion 
- saz + keyboard (sometimes with other instruments from the list above). 

Some of well-known artists of Kırşehir are as follows.

Music of Kırşehir
  • Events of Month of Ramadan by Kırşehir Municipality
    1 Mayıs 2019

    On May 18-19 2019, Ramadan music events were held in Cacabey Square of Kırşehir. National-wide famous Mümin Sarıkaya and Onur Akın's musical performances were met people with great interest. 

  • Kırşehir Municipality's 3rd Children's Choir Concert

    The Children's Choir of the Kırşehir Municipality’s concert, which the third one is held on 28.11.2017 at the Neşet Ertaş Culture and Art Center had a great interest.

  • Book Fair

    Kırşehir 3rd Book Fair took place between 17-23 September 2018 in Cacabey Square with a broad participation.

  • 2nd Neşet Ertaş Culture and Art Festival

    "Neşet Ertaş Culture and Art Festival" organized and held for the 2nd time under the auspices of the Presidency of Republic of Turkey and in collaboration with Culture and Tourism Ministry, Ankara Music and Fine Arts University, Kırşehir Governorship and Kırşehir Municipality on 3-5 August 2018 in Kırşehir Cacabey square. In addition to concerts, interviews and panels, an award ceremony was organized within the framework of the "philosophy of love, respect and tolerance" which was summarized in three words by the great master.

  • Turkish Folk Music Concert by Municipality

    Trainees of Kırşehir Municipality Family Life Center Turkish Folk Music Choir gave a concert on 17.01.2018 at Neşet Ertaş Culture and Art Center.

  • “3 Doors 1 Knife Who do you think the killer is?” Theater Play

    Within the framework of cultural events organized by Kırşehir Municipality, the theater play “3 Doors 1 Knife Who do you think the killer is?” which was exhibited on 27.12.2017 attracted great attention.

  • 1st Neşet Ertaş Culture and Art Festival
    9 23.09.2017

    Great master Neşet Ertaş; in the fifth year of his death, was commemorated by Kırşehir Municipality on 23-25 September 2017 in Neşet Ertaş Culture and Arts Center and Cacabey Square with panel, concert and various activities.

  • 2.Book Fair

    The readers of Kırşehir met with famous writers and books via the Book Days organization of Kırşehir Municipality and sponsored by Halkbank

  • Kırşehir Municipality Turkish Folk Music Choir Concert

    Kırşehir Municipality Turkish Folk Music Choir gave a magnificent concert to the residents of Kırşehir who filled the Kent Park Amphitheater on 17.05.2017 within the scope of May Activities of the Family Life Center.