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The 2015 Bike Tour

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The Fantasy Orchestra’s 2015 Bike Tour is coming up! We’re heading for the South West, playing a couple of shows in Devon and finishing up at Keveral Farm near Looe in Cornwall for the Good Earth Psychedelic Folk Festival on Saturday 15 August.

See you there — or give us a wave en route…


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.


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.


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.



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.


St Werburghs Hill, Easter Sunday

A goodly number of Fantasists put on a free Easter show atop St Werburghs Hill in Bristol, in co-operation with the The Narroways Trust.


New arrangements of numbers by Queen and the Beatles got their first public airing, and old chestnuts by Les Baxter, Ennio Morricone, Jimi Hendrix and the like were given a springtime runaround. Eggs were painted, bubbles blown, and battery-powered amps triumphant.


Many more photos:



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).


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.