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The Baghdaddies’ exuberant and rampant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska and latin grooves and sizzling brass played with furious energy and theatrical humour, making them as unforgettable on stage as they are when performing as wandering brass troubadours. They take themselves incredibly seriously so you don’t have to…
“The vibe of Toots & The Maytals with the passion of Eastern Europe creating the funkiest sound ever; the tent was popping, they were our true festival heroes.” Glastonbury Review
Baghdaddies “Dancylvania” review
For almost fifteen years this English band surprises their home country and far beyond with their energetic mixture of styles. On a wide range of instruments from brass, drums, electric guitars to saz, bouzouki and vocals this band knows how to create a party. Their Balkan brass orientated music goes from rock to ska, Arabic, dark jazz rock and psychedelic sounds. Each song is a surprise with unexpected twists, good music and just some unbelievable energetic rocking. I love Sufi’s Beard which is a fantastic peace of progressive world rock. In A Slow March to China these musician show that not only they know how to rock, they are also capable of playing a beautiful melody and are fantastic musicians. The Baghdaddies recorded a great album which makes me hope they keep on playing for another fifteen years at least. Eelco Schilder FolkWorld Issue 43 11/2010
“Riotous Balkan gipsy brass band music … Big favourites on the festival circuit.”
“Finely honed festival veterans. A Baghdaddies gig is something you don’t forget. Blending eastern European gypsy songs with klezmer and pinned down grooves. This band have true international appeal.”
“One of the most danceable bands on this or any other planet”
The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge.
“Roots band The Baghdaddies turned the Old Steine into a massive dance floor … More than 50,000 people kissed, hugged and danced with strangers”
Brighton Herald reviewing Brighton’s Millennium Eve Party.
“With their impossibly infectious mix of Balkan dance beats, jazz, ska, tango, punk, reggae, each member of the quintet (trumpet/melodica, sax, guitar, bass, & drums) is absurdly accomplished – and they all sing too, sometimes all at once. From ‘Ounce Pounce’ to ‘Abdul Waheb’, ‘Slivovits’ to ‘Tipsy Cocek’, plus plenty from their third CD ‘Random Acts of Kindness’, there was simply no let-up – the Baghdaddies gave 101 per cent in a show that managed to be both super-tight yet spontaneous fun. As another reviewer has remarked, ‘this band from the souk-infested, mint tea-drinking side of Newcastle … even had the audience clapping along in seven-eight time’, and it’s a testament to their funky skills that they make such complex rhythms irresistibly accessible to one and all.
All good things must end, and with their trademark encore ‘Havatequila’, which segues into ‘Show Me The Way To Go Home (Have A Banana)’, the Baghdaddies were gone, leaving us exhausted but happy … and cured of all ills. Think we might need a repeat dose of their medicine in a year or so, though.”
Celf CAMBRIA Arts Review.