Fed up with battling through noisy chatting phone toting hordes to listen to your favourite stride rembetika jazz live? Then why not sit back and enjoy a comfortable refrain or two in the company of Julian Gaskell and his Ragged Trousered Philanthropists upstairs at the Poly.
Keen listeners will be well aware that Gaskell’s music has aged like a fine aluminium can of lager since he first appeared in Cornwall’s crusty-klezmer scene of the early noughties, and with his versatile and virtuosic bandmates he is still capable of banging out the bulgars, waltzes and skiffling protest anthems with a gusto that would rival any of the current hit paraders.
A twenties Ragged Trousered Philanthropists show sees the group reach beyond their folkish roots into further dimensions of pathos and parody. Hauntingly luminous lockdown ballads from the recent ‘Out of the trees’ album jostle with antagonistic musical theatre numbers written for the Rogue and Bash Street companies. Add to this Cally Gibson’s swirlingly ostentatious forays into eastern European baroque violin, Thomas Sharpe’s finely honed polka accordion dance parade numbers, and Gaskell’s newly penned rebel songs for sheet music and piano roll and you have an extraordinary evening’s journey hosted in a civilised gallery setting with refreshments available throughout.