The world’s smallest big band comes to Croydon
Simon Care, star of The Albion Band and Edward II, brings his new band, Banter, to play at The Oval Tavern, Croydon on Thursday 7th March.
PRESS RELEASE: Although they’ve graced stages at huge festivals such as Costa del Folk and Sidmouth Folk Festival, the Croydon gig is part of their first ever U.K. tour, and they are looking forward to being part of The Oval Tavern’s eclectic music programme.
Organiser Carol Whinnom, of local promoters, The Ukulele & Other Machines, couldn’t say no when the chance arose to host one her musical heroes. “After being in a wheelchair following serious foot surgery, the first time I was able to dance again was at a wonderful Edward II folk-reggae gig, which made me love Simon’s melodeon playing even more. I’m loving the new album, Dare and can’t wait to see them play live. I think I’ll be dancing again, even with my bad foot! “
Banter are Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards and vocals and Tim Walker on drums, percussion and brass. Incorporating influences of pop, jazz, soul and big band sounds, they are also rooted in traditional English music. Although just three people, they create a huge sound and have been described as the world’s smallest big band. Banter brings songs that are barking social comment with pop beats, irony and ridiculously danceable tunes.
“Banter are an infectious, genre-hopping trio, mixing Morris tunes, soulful vocals and raucous chorus songs into a concert.” – Steve Knightley
“A splendid disregard for musical boundaries” – Songlines magazine.
“Unmistakeable pumping melodeon, screaming brass, visceral vocals, this is absolutely going to be my summer driving album this year!!!” – Jack Rutter (Seth Lakeman Band)
You can get an idea of the band’s sound at http://www.banter.band/watch-listen/ Advance tickets are £10, available now from www.wegottickets.com/theukulele or on the door on Thursday 7th March. 7.30pm, at The Oval Tavern, 131, Oval Road, Croydon. CR0 6BR
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Posted by Tim on Tuesday 26 February 2019
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