Atlantic Waves 09mar10: foot-stompin', brass-blarin' and rip snortin' high energy folk(ish) beats made in the UK

Show of Hands is an English acoustic roots and folk duo comprising singer-songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer. Their appeal is based on the combined power of Knightley’s original songs, the quality of their vocals and harmonies, and their multi-instrumental virtuosity. Their performances feature guitars, mandolin, mandocello, fiddle, cuatro, viola and concertina.

Ska Cubano is a London-based group which combines ska and Cuban music such as son and mambo, with elements of other genres including cumbia and calypso.

Inspired by the great brass band traditions of Eastern Europe, Orkestra del Sol’s music exudes energy and spirit: the swagger of a Balkan wedding band, the vibrancy of a Caribbean festival and the flair of a Latin ballroom. Welcome to the irresistible world of Orkestra Del Sol, brass troubadours with an uncanny ability to win over audiences with their captivating presence, slapstick antics and infectious energy. Globally inspired, but distilled in Scotland.

The Destroyers are a 15-headed conflagration of instrumentalists, vocalists and composers, specialising in turbo-folk mélanges of Gypsy, Balkan, Klesmer and beat poetry. They put on a riotous uplifting show, and get audiences really going– jumping around and that sort of thing.

Dynamo’s Rhythm Aces particular brand of deja voodoo spin is not only Sublimely refreshing, but their neon cocktail of vision and sound hands over its visa at the borders of genius. This sharp suited super slick trio take modern and contemporary Hits, from Frankie goes to Hollywood’s ‘Relax’ to Motorhead ‘Ace of spades’ via The Spice Girls, The Smiths and Ian Dury. And serve them up skillet hot, in 40s/50s western swing and boogie-woogie style.

Mukka‘s extraordinarily charismatic Romanian singer Dana Codorean-Berciu brings the deepest melancholy in Transylvanian ballads of loss and yearning, only to swoop to the other extreme with a frenetic dance tune with wild instrumentals. Her songs spring from the heart of Transylvanian village life and yet convey such depth of feeling and humour that they transcend boundaries of place and language.

Since their formation in late 2002, Los Albertos have been creating a frenzy upon the dance floors and grassy fields of Europe with their inimitable foot-stompin’, brass-blarin’, and rip snortin’ high energy blend of ska, punk, funk, dub and original beats. Drawing upon a peculiarly twisted English humour (where The Comic Strip meets League of Gentlemen) this six-piece throw in some dynamite horn, guitar and drum action and invariably you end up with a band firing on all cylinders and on top of their game.

Wild and infectious mix of Balkan brass, Middle Eastern flavours, Ska and Dance. Each member of the quintet is absurdly accomplished – and they all sing too, sometimes all at once. A Baghdaddies gig promotes a healthy increase in heart rate, inducing an irresistible urge to dance uncontrollably and smile benignly on your fellow man (and woman). Fusion of rhythms and melodies plucked from around the world are guaranteed to raise your spirits! Festival favourites, The Baghdaddies play Balkan gypsy with Middle Eastern flavours, shades of klezmer and tango, jazz and reggae plus a touch of ska – all laced with funky dance grooves and blistering eastern brass harmonies.

Originally formed in Spring 2001 by founding members Dan Clark and Michael Simmonds (guitar and violin respectively), The Magic Number specialise in Gipsy Jazz Swing based songs. With variants of Instrumentation of Double Bass/Tuba, violin, 2x guitars, trumpet, drums and four part harmonies, they perform regularly around the country as everything from a duo up to a full six/seven piece band.

Pronghorn: a more motley collection of bad shirts, prison tattoos, greasy comb-overs, mullets and broken teeth you’d be hard pushed to find outside of a Dale Winton home video.

Often imitated but never quite equalled, the Tofu Love Frogs took the Celtic punk of the Pogues, dipped it in Special Brew, dusted it with speed, smothered it in mud and took the festival scene by storm. After their formation in 1989 things would never be the same. They tore up festivals, parties, fields and squats for nine boozed up drug-fuelled years then promptly exploded in 1998 never to be seen again. Well, until 2007. Yes, they are back and they ain’t lost any of that bite; they are still as hardcore as ever.

Tragic Roundabout: “Five musicians and a drummer”. Clarinet, accordion, banjo, guitar, bass and drums with the occasional trombone or trumpet make sure that the music stays on the more robust side of the acoustic spectrum. The sound is a kind of raucous and celebratory eastern European flavoured acoustic punk, heavily influenced by their busking roots. The music has a sometimes comedic, sometimes surreal quality but their outlandish world of lino men and camel herders is certainly infectious.

The Max Pashm sound is a unique blend of traditional Greek/Balkan/Gypsy & Klezmer music, fused with high energy electronic beats & digitally manipulated fx.

A infectious infusion of eastern melodies and sultry London beats. Forty Thieves Orkestar influences range from Balkan Gypsy music, Klezmer, and Belly dancing music, to Hip Hop, King Tubby style Reggae and the laid back bar grooves of Kruder and Dorfmeister. Brass, clarinet, violins, accordion, oud, cymbalom and percussion interweave with earthy samples, crisp beats, evocative atmospheric sounds, and studio trickery.

GhettoPlotz is a live klezmer-house dancefloor mashup project featuring Mark White live on laptop and keyboards, Tanya Winston on decks and Miki Shaw on visuals. Described by Kiss FM as ‘the Prodigy with violins’, think the sounds of old-time Russia stirred up with fat and funky beats a la Basement Jaxx and you’ll get an idea of the GhettoPlotz experience.