Wayne and I went to the spiegeltent at the Auckland Festival last night after work. There’s a really good 2-for-1 ticket deal at the box office for “happy hour” between 4 and 6 pm.
The act was Paprika Balkanicus, a five-piece playing Balkan music. Two accordions, a guitar, a violinist who looks like a short, stocky Trotsky and a beanpole bass player.
After a half of Domestic and a straightener it was great. There’s a great sense of humour in the band and some fine musicianship.
If they’re coming to a town near you, check them out. Paprika Balkanicus will be in Australia from mid-March to early April then they’re heading back to Europe.
They’re fast, lively and very danceable. The spiegeltent was a great place to see them too, a bit circusy.
You can see tour dates on the band’s MySpace page.