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The Magic Tombolinos, who have taken London by storm with their with rollicking Gypsy music, are set to tour the UK very soon.
Hot off the heels of releasing their debut album, Full Attack, With Sudden Defences, they will be touring the country from Bristol to Edinburgh starting in Stratford-Upon-Avon next Tuesday.
Led by Argentinian saxophonist/vocalist Alejandro Toldeo, their music is best described as a fusion of classical, rock, hip-hop, Gypsy, African, Middle-Eastern, and Latin beats. With their album receiving a four star review in our current issue, they are definitely worth checking out if they venture out your way.
You can find details of their tour on their website, www.magictombolinos.co.uk.
On Wednesday morning, Songlines’ Publisher, Paul, and I headed off for Larmer Tree Festival to set up the Songlines base-camp. Upon our arrival, we were met with a carpeted tent in which to set up shop, though the luxury wasn’t to last. As is customary, the Jools Holland Orchestra kicked the festival off in fine form – and Larmer Tree was in full swing.
As the festival progressed the weather turned nasty – really bucketing it down at nights – eventually turning the thoroughfare in front of our HQ into a river of mud, ruining our lovely carpet and seriously testing my OCD. An additional ill-effect of the mudslide was that our usual two-minute round trip to the ale bar was made decidedly more difficult. Fortunately – as I’d opted to make my bed in the front of our transit van – my tent wasn’t washed away this year…
At our ever popular meet n’ greets, a new Larmer Tree record was set by Stornoway for the longest queue of young ladies waiting to get some body part or another signed by the boys. Little Josh, our Publisher’s son, wasted little time helping his dad inform the queue on the merits of Songlines.
On Saturday I made time to catch Gabby Young, The Magic Tombolinos and Vieux Farka Touré – whose visa trouble would ultimately mean he ended up with a much better slot at the Big Top, rather than a sodden field in the afternoon. All gave fantastic performances to packed tents, and I’ll look forward to catching the Tombolinos and Vieux at WOMAD again next weekend.
Although I didn’t crawl into the my cosy transit sleeping situation until close to 6am on the Saturday night/Sunday morning, I was still up in time to catch the Magic Tombolinos give an impromptu performance at the Songlines tent – much appreciated by passers-by, I reckon.
So that’s the first of many festivals done and dusted, here’s hoping for better weather at WOMAD…