Established in 2009 by British composer, violinist and band leader, Christian Garrick. 2017 sees the band enter its eighth busy and exciting year and also, coincidentally, the release of their eighth album, Fifty Shades Of Goulash.
Raucous, toe-tapping Balkan and Russian numbers are combined with jazz and swing inflections, Klezmer, Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czardas are awarded fresh treatments before they give way to a disarmingly beautiful arsenal of ballads such as the Schindler’s List theme or Andy Statman’s bitter sweet The Flatbush Waltz. The involvingly diverse repertoire often even strays over into the technicolour territory of many a well-loved film or television score.
“…the fiery vivacity and awe-inspiring musicianship of the finest purveyors of Eastern European gypsy music this side of a Lada scrap heap will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet…” Times
“The music is magic in their hands” Sean Rafferty BBC Radio 3
“Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires – plus a few surprises along the way – hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship, a show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!” Songlines
“The Budapest Cafe Orchestra play a blistering barrage of Czardas, East European and Russian folk tunes that might have come from the Hot Club of Paris via the Orient Express!” Brighton Argus
“The boys from the BCO eek out an interesting advantage over others in that they are musically connected to the culture rather than culturally connected to the music and this manifests itself in their performances which are among the most fulfilling live entertainment spectacles you are ever likely to find of any genre” BBC Celtic Connections
Thursday 26 April
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£16 / £14 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5