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Summer roundup

We played two big shows over the summer:

We threw our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Kings Weston House on Saturday 4 June…

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…and headlined at Keynsham Festival on Saturday 2 July…

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…for which our set included a Dr John number, thoughtfully youtubed by the audience.

And then we got on our bikes and headed to Kent. More of which soon.

 

 

Spring doings

It was a busy spring…

We celebrated the World’s Most Famous Unknown People at the Cube on 2 April, with a set including music by Connie Converse, Judee Sill and – in person – Andy Skellam and (below) Rita Lynch:

we popped along the M4 for a set at the Ivy House in Nunhead on 23 April;

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we donned appropriate cossies for an Apes Alliance benefit at the University of Bristol on 28 April;

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and we played two sets at the Big Love Festival in Hay-on-Wye on 30 April/1 May.

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We then split ourselves in two on the weekend of 7 May: while most of our number played at the Park Row Sustrans Festival in Bristol, several of us hopped on Eurostar to join our friends in the Paris Fantasy Orchestra’s for their Bowie Party.

And then we did more… of which more soon…

 

Halloween: Zombies, ghouls and… er, a druid

Autumn’s been a busy season for the Fantasy Orchestra. First there was our set at the Priston Festival near Bath, then for Halloween we took over the Kuumba Centre in St Paul’s, Bristol for a night of macabre revels.

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The mostly new repertoire included songs by Dr John and the Specials, and Jeffrey Lewis’ If You Shoot the Head You Kill the Ghoul, which is fast becoming an orchestra favourite.

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Lots more ghastly photos on our Flickr pages.

Coming up on 5 December at the Trinity Centre: our second Bowie Night!

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What we did on our holidays

A quick summer roundup before the new term…

18 July: The day after we opened the Harbour Festival, we played at a wedding in Boiling Wells, St Werburghs:

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Then, after the Fantasy Orchestra summer picnic…

11-15 August: The Devon and Cornwall Tour, largely bicycle-based, taking in gigs in South Zeal and Yelverton:

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…and finishing at the Good Earth Festival, Keveral Farm:

Coming up: A set at the Priston Festival, 19 September!

 

Troopers Hill, 27 June

A scaled-down Fantasy Orchestra played at this year’s Music on the Hill, organised by the Friends of Troopers Hill in St George, Bristol.

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A sizable audience of picnickers,  strollers, kids, dogs, and other species native to the hill’s protected grassland listened to the FO’s takes on Hendrix, the Beatles, Morricone, Bowie, and Bollywood’s RD Burman.

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Here’s a clip from the set:

Yes, there’s a Flickr album

 

Paris, 25-26 April: Two orchestras, three shows

The Bristol and Paris chapters of the Fantasy Orchestra came together in Paris at the end of April for three shows over one weekend.

Show #1: Jardin Villemin

On the bandstand, with a dozen or so Bristol players arriving hotfoot from the airport to join the orchestra for a lunchtime set.

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Show #2: L’Albatros, Montreuil

An evening show, to a capacity audience, in the auditorium of an arts complex housed in the old Pathé movie studios.

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Some clips from youtube:

Show #3: Aux Petits Joueurs

A final show the following evening, in a café near the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, sharing a bill with Paris horn ensemble La Band’Originale .

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See the whole collection of photos from the trip on Flickr.

 

Colston Hall Foyer, 27 February 2015

The foyer of the Colston Hall resounded to the strains of the Fantasy Orchestra at full tilt, during a free one-hour set on Friday 27 February (before the Bournemouth Symphony played in the main hall).

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The playlist featured film music by the likes of Nino Rota, John Barry, Ennio Morricone and RD Burman, and, as news broke of the passing of Leonard Nimoy, the FO offered its own tribute:

There’s also a multi-angle edit of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from the same set:

Photos from the gig are on the Fantasy Orchestra’s Flickr page.

Navidad Nuestra 6 jan 15 – El Rincon, Bristol

a lite FO team performed the Navidad, still ringing in our ears from the 21st december performance at the Trinity, in the tiny bedminster bar El Rincon. Stan was MC and trumpet, George leader and lead vox. Other soloists were tony, marcos and john. Ole, on bass recorded and filmed the whole thing.

here are the links:

1. La Anunciacion – http://youtu.be/m7JumU4TkvA –
2. La Peregrincion – http://youtu.be/E37dS8_JMvo
3.  El Nacimiento – http://youtu.be/DYqkN09Hozk
4. Los Pastores – http://youtu.be/FchyhqcMYy4
5. Los Reyes Magos – http://youtu.be/tGQbRD2BuEs
6. La Huida – http://youtu.be/VD6LovDuos0
7. encore, Los Reyes Magos http://youtu.be/la1TWEIsAt8