A group performs during the 3rd Ashiqlar Music Festival at the Tabriz Culture House in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz on April 26, 2016.

Ashiqlar is a unique style of traditional music, which is mainly common in Iran’s Azarbaijan region, the Azerbaijan Republic and Turkey.

Ashiqlar music is performed by an ashiq, also spelled ashik and ashug. He is a mystic troubadour or traveling bard, who blends together instrumental and vocal music, dance, poetry and storytelling in his performances.

Source: Tehran Times