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Hungary (Hungarian: Magyarország) is a parliamentary constitutional republic in Central Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast. The country's capital and largest city is Budapest. Hungary is a member of the European Union, NATO, the OECD, the Visegrád Group, and the Schengen Area. The official language is Hungarian, which is the most widely spoken non-Indo-European language in Europe.

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John Peel's Euro Tour

John Peel's Euro Tour

Peel at Elvis Park in Hungary from 2:09 of the video

Peel travelled to the country in 1992, as part of a BBC Radio One campaign on work opportunities in Europe. He travelled through different European countries by road and visited Budapest and Elvis Park, an American themed restaurant that was located in an old aeroplane, in Abda, near Győr. The restaurant has since been closed down.

Hungary is famous for its contributions to classical music rather than to pop or jazz, although some well-known British and American musicians are of Hungarian descent, including Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler. Towards the end of communist rule in the late 1980s, Hungarian musicians began to be played on Peel's show and one of them, Márta Sebestyén, did a session for his programme in 1988. Muzsikás, the group with which Sebestyén sang, were also favourites of Peel and his colleague Andy Kershaw.


The following artists from Hungary recorded sessions for the John Peel Show:

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