The Carnival Band – 5 Musical Explorers, 5 voices, 25 instruments, 5 dozen styles of music and 5 hundred fresh ideas for music-making, combining music from across the centuries with sounds from around the world in an irreverently joyous mix!
CETTE EXQUISE ENNEMI (THAT SWEET ENEMY)
An entertaining portrayal in music and song of the wonderful love-hate relationship between France and England down the Centuries.
That Sweet Enemy vividly illuminates the love-hate relationship between these two great nations, woven into the fabric of our lives from childhood to old age, in love, war, fashion and food for a thousand years. Full of joie de vivre with a certain je ne sais quoi the concert explores the rivalry yet secret admiration. From medieval estampies to contemporary Cajun, can the Carnival Band create a true entente cordiale musicale?
“Carnival” is the universal spirit of celebration which overthrows convention. It has its roots in the pre-Lenten street festivals of Medieval Europe which gave communities license to ‘turn the world upside down’. That’s just what they do with their music – they’ve invented ‘Macedonian Reggae’, turned a renaissance chanson into a Piaf-inspired drag act, paired Noel Coward with James Brown, flavoured a traditional English carol with Cajun spice – the list goes on.
The Carnival Band began its life 25 years ago as an offshoot of The Medieval Players theatre company. Once nicknamed ‘Henry VIII’s Rock ‘n Roll Band’ their horizons have widened to include music from practically every continent (they’re still working on Antarctica) and every century since about 1200AD.
Their music has taken them to tiny village halls in mid-Wales, an open air auditorium in the heart of Sudan, a civic hall in a Tokyo suburb, a community centre in Catalonia, and gleaming modern concert halls like The Sage, Gateshead. Whatever the venue, the spirit of Carnival guarantees an instant connection with the listeners, and the audience becomes part of the show. AND THEY ARE NOW IN MAYFIELD!
“Let’s welcome Steve Banks on drums, percussion, violin, vocals; Jub Davis on double bass, vocals, Giles Lewin on violin, recorders, bagpipes, vocals; Steno Vitale on acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, vocals, and Andy Watts on shawm, bagpipes, curtal, melodica, recorder and vocals!”