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The Budapest Café Orchestra
The Budapest Cafe Orchestra (from Harringay) is a music-driven phenomenon, a specialist performance-entertainment outfit, certified to enthral audiences everywhere. The infectious energy of the BCO will sweep you off your feet and stay in your heart forever. You will journey from one emotional pole to another: from a desperately tragic evocative heart-rending ancient Jewish melody to a dance from Romania or Russia and all the fiery exuberance that goes with it.
The BCO comprises: Balkan Bob (Christian Garrick), a celebrated jazz violinist and the brain cell and hugely entertaining front man of the Orchestra; The Dragon (Eddie Hession), who has a formidable facility on the most ridiculous of instruments, the button accordion; Kelvin the Klaw (Kelly Cantlon), a true Hemel Hempstead gyspy and is to be found herding goats there – his double bass is made from bits of timber from old goat sheds; and The Sultan (Adiran Zolotuhin) (saz, guitar, balalaika) who has a vaguely legitimate yet entirely spurious claim to true Gypsy status having, as he does, a modicum of actual Russian blood in a small vial on his living room shelf.
Prepare to laugh till it hurts, stamp your feet, and be amazed by the virtuoso playing.