Blistering eastern brass harmonies and high-energy rhythms. Inspired by the Roma wedding and brass band music of the Balkans, fused by eclectic musical influences ranging from calypso and jazz to punk, The Baghdaddies are an experience not to be missed. They are equally at home playing either on stage or the street, they gig extensively worldwide, combining venues with al fresco performances.
‘The band have a particular flair for the Balkans and capture its frenetic energy and flamboyance wonderfully. There is also a fair share of klezmer, jazz, ska and punk – an anarchic fusion where Ivo Papasov meets The Clash meets The Beat’ [songlines]
‘With their impossibly infectious mix of Balkan dance beats, jazz, ska, tango, punk, reggae, each member of the quintet (trumpet, sax, guitar, bass, & drums) is absurdly accomplished – and they all sing too, sometimes all at once. The Baghdaddies gave 101 per cent in a show that managed to be both super-tight yet spontaneous fun.’ [Cambria Arts]
“Traditional and modern dance rhythms, infectious melodies and vocals sung in any number of tongues, meshed together in a seamless cacophony of professionalism and fun. Brilliant.” [Big Issue]
“The Baghdaddies play an excellent and very brassy version of Eastern Gypsy music a la Goran Bregovich and then add their own very groovy and funky style” [Royal Festival Hall listings magazine]