Stomping rhythms and Balkan blues

THE February music programme at South Petherton’s David Hall has a strong theme of folk-jazz fusions, from the gypsy jazz energy of festival favourites Mad Dog Mcrea on Saturday 1st February to the tenth birthday gig of the Budapest Cafe Orchestra with violin virtuoso Christian Garrick on Saturday 29th.


On Saturday 15th, Saskia Griffiths-Moore, who recorded her latest album at Abbey Road Studios, brings her mix of folk music and “Baez and Dylan throwback folk” to South Petherton. This young rising star, who is increasingly known for her crystal-clear vocals and melody-led acoustic song-writing, appeared at Petherton Folk Fest in 2018 and 2019.

Blue Rose Code, a musical nomad whose eclectic repertoire includes soul, jazz, folk and pop, comes to the David Hall on Friday 21st. Singer-songwriter Ross Wilson of Blue Rose Code writes from the heart, eschewing any specific genre; the 12 new songs on The Water Of Leith address themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future. Fans have compared him to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits.

The month with the anniversary gig by Christian Garrick and gypsy jazz ensemble Budapest Cafe Orchestra playing music that ranges across Eastern Europe and the Balkans, drawing on the heritage of klezmer laments, Romanian doinas and Hungarian czardas.