Julian Gaskell & His Ragged Trousered Philanthropists At Green Note, Camden
February 4 @ 8:30 pm GMT£12
Penryn’s premium post-ragtime, rembetika punk, swing polka klezmer blues trio present a new anthology of some of the most melodramatic, gruesome and supernatural broadside ballads from the 17th to 19th centuries. These popular ballads, selected from the Bodleian and EFDSS archives, cover everything from funeral arrangements to cat food and rural insurrection and date from the 17th-19th centuries. Gaskell and his Philanthropists have made it their business to rummage through the bin for the most misanthropic and inappropriate material, throwing a light on some of the hectoring and judgemental behaviour which is still with us today, as well as emerging with some genuinely haunting songs which seem to have been mislaid over the years.
Most of these ballads have no documented tunes attached, and so the words have been rearranged and re-fitted with newly composed music on piano, accordions, violin, drums, bouzouki, bass, banjo and guitar and what the band hope is an appropriately bawdy style for these rough street literature gems.
“such originality, intelligence and appeal that the ability to hear seems like a privilege”-Vive le Rock
“a gorgeous folky voice” – BBC Introducing
“he really is an original- declamatory, vulpine vocals ranting and roaring his splendidly acrid, protestful lyrics over a glorious, urgent ramshackle garage blend of Balkan-Klezmerisms and French gypsy cafebilly” – fRoots
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