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Terrafolk (page 104)
Drams Full glass 1 to get you dancing
Music Traditional music from the Balkans to Scandinavia, a bit of jazz, classical music and rock
Musicians Bojan Cvetreznik (violin); Bostjan Gombach (clarinet, flutes, ocarina, vocals); Danijel Cerne (guitar, tamburica, harmonica); Jozko Secnik (acoustic, electric bass guitar); plus a variety of other instruments
Venue Spiegeltent (venue 87)
Address George Square Gardens
Reviewer Daniel Winterstein

For pure entertainment and a good night out, this must be one of the top tickets at the Fringe. Most nights of the festival, the Slovenian band Terra Folk - winners of the prestigious BBC Radio 3 World Music Award - bring the Spiegeltent to
life with foot-stomping wild happy dances.

Their music fuses a bewildering range of styles. Though the band themselves, formed in 1999, are Slovenian, their musical influences range around the continent like a demented Eurorail tour. It's mostly gypsy music but there are also elements of folk music from the Balkans to Norway to Ireland, classical music and rock.

Front man Bojan Cvetreznik is a superb fiddler, not surprising since he's classically trained (viola in in Ljubljana and Berlin) and has done stints with the Slovenian National Opera. He is also a likeable mop-headed loon, who intersperses the songs with a stream of jokes and playful ramblings.

Bojan's banter is aided and abetted by clarinettist Bostjan Gombach, who plays the straight man with an air of dignity which belies his underlying silliness. And he too is an excellent musician, also having trained in Ljubljana. With his extensive experience as a session musician, his wide range of music ties up nicely with Bojan's jazz and bluegrass music.

The bassist and guitarist provide basic but competent support and are the rhythm bedrock of the band bringing the two fron men back to earth after some dazzling playing.

The band was relaxed and charming. The music is alive and kicking. The result is a great show that should delight pretty much everyone.

© Daniel WInterstein. August 2003 - Published on www.EdinburghGuide.com
Run: August 3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24 at 22:00

For more information about the group click on: www.terra-folk.org


   

NAYOFestival of British Youth Orchestras Series (page 89)
Tupplurarna, Sweden
(page 104)
Drams Full glassFull glass
Music Big band jazz, modern atin and funk
Musicians Tobias Lindahl (Conductor/trumpet); Ulf Malm, Per Bengston, Fredrik Dahlström (trumpets); Mårten Grabbe (euphonium); Christoffer Borefelt (trombone); Jenny Bristle (flute/vocals); Eva Kvernes, Anna Sahlholm (alto saxophones); Johanna Molin (alto Saxophone/clarinet); Erik Bangtsson (tenor saxophone); Kalle Andersson, Mattias Nilsson (guitars); Anders Westbrant (bass); Jonas Olofsson (piano); Jonas Adolsson (piano); Annasara Dahlström (vocals)
Venue Central Hall (Venue 100)
Address West Tollcross
Reviewer Charlie Napier

Tupplurarna Scotland Tour 2003
TUPPLURARNA, as a complete word in Swedish means a nap or a short sleep, which would have been impossible at this concert, but more relevantly, it is made up of two Swedish words meaning "chicken" and "horn". The "chicken" is the symbol of engineering students at Uppsala University, Sweden, and the "horn" is the nickname for the trumpet in the jazz world. It should come as no surprise then to learn that the 17 musicians who made up the "big band" that performed today are all engineering students at Uppsala University. The band appeared on stage dressed in brown jackets with yellow linings and lapel facings, covered with sew-on badges, all different. Quite a striking start.

This big band plays mainly jazz and swing numbers from the golden era of the big bands so the audience knew most of the numbers. Unfortunately, the amplifier system that the conductor used to announce the items was just a little bit too powerful so what he said tended to be a bit garbled. Never mind, it didn't spoil the enjoyment of the music.

The concert started with three tunes: I love Paris, Bare necessities, and Sing, sing, sing, which featured the tenor sax, piano, euphonium, flute and drums. This was followed by the very good lead singer, Annasara Dahlström, giving us a rendering of I've found a new baby, which also featured tenor sax, piano, Tobias Lindahl on the trumpet, and the whole sax section. The second vocalist, Jenny Bristle, then sang It's all right with me with trombone, Tobias on trumpet, clarinet and piano featuring.

Before the next part of the concert, a new guitarist replaced the starting player. The band then went into a couple of Count Basie numbers, Flight of the foo-bird and Two timin', in which the guitar, trombone and piano featured. The conductor/trumpeter then sang The Lady in Red, but unfortunately it was spoilt by a bit of over-amplification. This was followed by The heat's on, in which the tenor sax and piano featured.

The whole band then gave voice to a rendering of When you're smiling during which the tenor sax, Eva Kvernes on alto sax, Tobias on trumpet, and the piano all had featured spots. Annasara returned to give us her version of the Billie Holliday number God bless the child, which was a nice change from the up-beat tempo of all that had come before. They approached the end of the concert with Annasara singing Boom, boom, boom, with tenor sax and alto sax (Eva) featuring again.

When they finished this, Tobias came to the front to announce the final item and the band started to fold up their music stands, put away their banners, tidy up their music, and generally make as if they were finished. However, it turned out that all they were doing was making room for an all-band version of Bei mir bist du schön, in which many of the individuals had little solos, two couples started to dance on the stage and the rest wandered around, even down into the audience. A great finish to what was a very enjoyable and fun concert.

As an ensemble, the band gave an excellent performance but it was in the solo bits that there was evidence this group of people who were not yet full-time professional musicians. This did not stop the young people from enjoying themselves and they certainly gave pleasure to their audience, which is the important thing. Visit their website at www.tupplurarna.se for more information. Don't forget to click on the logo to see some of the band.

© Charlie Napier, 14 August 2003. Published on www.EdinburghGuide.com
The series continues at 12:30: 16, 19-22, 26-30 August and at 19:30hrs: 16, 18-23, 25-30 August
   

21st Anniversary Concert (page 104)
Drams Full glassFull glass
Music Gospel songs
Performers London Community Gospel Choir
Venue St Cuts (Venue 122)
Address 5 Lothian Road
Reviewer Iain Gilmour

Britain's best-known Gospel Choir almost blasted the roof off Edinburgh's historic St Cuthbert's Church with an almost non-stop programme of uplifting music. Lasting just under two hours, the predominantly female line-up - there were only three men in the 18-strong choir - at times had the relatively sparse audience on its feet, singing and clapping along.

Three female soloists led off old favourites such as He's got the whole world in His hands, and Cast your cares on Jesus interspersed with lesser-known items like It's a message about life. All the singers were enthusiastic and obviously happy with what they were performing - and at times some seemed entranced by the spiritual nature of the songs.

The performance ended with a rousing version of Oh Happy day which had everyone standing, singing and applauding.

Throughout the programme, there were powerful contributions from Basil, the choir's founder and leader, who explained Gospel music's origin in the American Negro spirituals and took time to stress that the performance had a purpose and a message, not just entertainment.

As a performance it rated highly in audience enjoyment. There was no criticism of the singing but several people found the three-man accompaniment - percussion, guitar and keyboard - over amplified to the extent that it almost drowned out the choir.

The performance ended with a rousing version of Oh Happy day which had everyone standing, singing and applauding .

Some of the audience had already taken part in a Gospel Song Workshop earlier in the day, getting ready to take part in the final 21st Anniversary Concert which ends the run with a demanding four-hour performance.

The venue itself, a church nestling under the castle at the West End of Princes Street Gardens on the site of the Scottish capital's first Christian church 1,300 years ago , could hardly be bettered.

Easy of access, (except for wheelchair users, though assistance is available) St Cuts has a full and a varied bill throughout the festival. A bar and a quality café run by Hendersons of Hanover Street (and excellent ice cream all the way from Wales) puts catering at other Fringe venues to shame. There is also an internet equipped press room - and for accredited media a 50 percent discount in the café.

© Iain Gilmour 6 August 2003 - Published on www.EdinburghGuide.com

Run: August 3-8



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