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Six-piece Fills Gap With Fun, Footwork

Six-piece Fills Gap With Fun, Footwork

Who: Le Minibus
Where: Lass O' Gowrie
Author: Jade Lazerevic
When: Friday August 24, 2001

THE six-piece band Le Minibus reckon they fill a gap in the Newcastle music scene.

The group has kept punters dancing the night away at the Lass O'Gowrie Hotel with its interesting mixture of multicultural tunes.

The group began a residency at the hotel in Wickham about three months ago and will perform at the hotel on Friday night.

A mixture of European Gypsy music, French tracks and tangos, Greek, klezmer and American jug music can be heard from the group.

Vocalist and fiddle player Su Morley says the music of Le Minibus is danceable and uplifting.

'Django'-style guitar rhythms, gypsy fiddle, wild clarinet, accordion, grooving double bass, bouzouki, banjo, quirky percussion and harmony vocals is what makes Le Minibus so original.

'The band fills a niche and is a bit of a change from the standard pub fare,' Su said.

'People who come know they'll have a fun, dancing night, hamming it up to a tango or getting down to a hillbilly tune.

'It's silly and fun but the grooves are still authentic.

'The background of members of the band includes Greek, French, Jewish and Italian and we've all spent time exploring diverse music traditions,' Su said.

Simon French will perform a flamenco guitar set with dancers to open the night.

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