Orkestra del Sol in The Spiegeltent, for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2014. Review, photos and videos by Richard Shashamane
Edinburgh-based Orkestra del Sol brought some festival fun with their mix of Balkan, gypsy, ska, East European wedding, hints of middle eastern, Latin, and North African … and klezmer (so many influences!) … at time bonkers brilliance but always great fun very well played by all musicians.
Earlier in the day, during the Festival Garden Party, they played a short preview set of 45 minutes or so which was a total delight and engaged with the audience with fiddle-player wind-up automaton walkabouts and polka lessons. It was a great taster for the Spiegeltent gig to follow in the evening.
Anticipation was high and at 10pm there was a massive queue for the doors. Starting about 10:20pm they launched into a high energy set of stomping, polka and ska and had the entire place dancing from beginning to end. Featuring tuba, violin, drums, accordion, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone this nine piece band looked to me as if they’d have played all night long if the Sunday midnight curfew had not prevented them from doing so, the audience were certainly up for it. The wooden flooring of the Spiegeltent was bouncing to a mass of smiling faces dancing the polka.
A really memorable and fun gig.
words and photos, richard shashamane 2014
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