FROMAGE EN FEU
STEVIE BEAR - Full Moon
Doors 8.30pm - 2am
£3 Gate Tax
It was a fateful night when six young musical hotshots bumped into Klezmer in a Leeds backstreet and decided to go on an epic club crawl.
By the next morning the passionate and soul-stirring traditional Yiddish dance music had somehow got all mixed up with reggae, electroswing and amps that go to 11.
And Tantz was born.
Tantz deliver a failsafe fusion of virtuoso instrumentalism, smart-alec arrangements and all manner of pulse-grabbing grooves that turn on a sixpence and keep you on your toes. Wailing clarinets? You got them.
Soaring fiddlesticks? You bet. Footgrabbing basslines? What else! Smash’n’grab drumstuff? Check (and checkmate). Showmanship? Need you ask … Put them on a stage with room to swing a cat and the next thing you know it’s a heaving dance party that you won’t want to leave.
It takes a special kind of talent to take an old school musical idea and turn it into the Next Big Thing but that’s what they did. After a year packed with storming shows, including festivals like Bestival and Kendall Calling, it seemed inevitable when they were picked to headline the Brit Awards After Party, 2014. But that was merely a starstudded curtain raiser to what looks like being an even more successful year. If you dig klezmer you’ll love what they do to it. If you don’t - then you will.
// FROMAGE EN FEU //
A twist of fate brought the founder members of Fromage en Feu together. On a ferry from France to England, clarinetist Bobby Cheddar was playing a Jewish melody when Jan van der Gouda picked up his trumpet and began to play along.
Ideas bubbled, plans were hatched, Jan dropped the trumpet in favour of the accordion and in Spring 2005 "The Pavement Ravers" burst onto the Bristol street music scene. That summer they were joined by trombonist Babybel, violinist Agent Moulding-Process and singer Violaine Boursin and together they plied their trade around the markets and harbourside streets of Bristol.
Taking inspiration from French cafe singers of years gone by, Violaine conjured up the name "Fromage en Feu" and a new band identity was born. The band briefly had a string section when they were joined by violinist Monterey Jack, but in Autumn 2005 they discovered Sergio Provolone playing for pennies in a disused church in east Bristol. Impressed by his reckless abandon and untamed violin playing, they took him on.