Cat number DOCD03603
label – Disco-ordination
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release date 29 feb 2020
Paris Marbrerie 8th February 2020
London – Hackney Old Baths, sat 15th February 2020
This is the third single from “The Bear And Other Stories“
Here s a very special song by the shamanic folk pariah Richard Dawson, a guitarist / singer whose performance begs transcription. His songs already sound like symphonies when he plays them solo. We don’t expect to capture that subtlety but we do hope to convey the brazen glory of RD’s masterpiece. Also, a shout-out to Bristol FO trombonist Sam Hayler for an excellent vocal performance and to harpist Louise Schwartz because she’s great.
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Live shows can include more than 80 performers of which there’s ample evidence on youtube.
The Fan-ta-sy is Fun-to-see!
The orchestra evolved organically round about 2012 from a run of theme events in Bristol and Paris called The Greatness Of The Magnificence.
These were often tribute nights and when we decided to celebrate Ennio Morricone an orchestra and choir was required. So we formed one Open to all. Soon we branched out into exotic music from the 50s by the likes of Dominic Frontiere and Les Baxter. From there we started on rock and pop orchestral arrangements (which the original acts possibly never played that way live ) “Life On Mars”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Nights In White Satin” – and a whole lot of Hendrix.
We play fantasy music (film soundtracks, computer game soundtracks, old Disney stuff); it’s my fantasy to run an orchestra; it’s your fantasy to sing or play with one….
We’re a community project we ask the audience to give up and join the band. Most years we organise a cycle tour, pedaling from gig to gig and camping. In 2018 we played the Mumbai Royal Opera House as well as taking part in a Hindustani talent competition. World Peace One Note At A Time!
One year we took part in and won the Bristol Eisteddfod Big Band competition (sadly pipping a band of teenage flautists to the post).
We play hits from round the world and round the genre. We play Bohemian Rhapsody, Moondog, Dance Of The Knights, Mehbooba and Anna Meredith. We play Radiohead. We get out the glitter, greasepaint, our grooviest garb and make a lot of cacophonous noise …usually fun to see!
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