Marama Cafe Band

This band led by Pete Watson (accordion) features Frank Biddulph (violin), David Ahmed (guitar) and various double bass players including Nick Kacal.  The band play arrangements of French musette tunes and tangos, Hungarian gypsy music and swing tunes.  We also sometimes play other musical styles including gypsy jazz, klezmer, Irish folk, and world music.  Latest CD  (see shop) released May 2019.  The band originally formed in 1999 to play the music of Romanian folk singer Maria Tanase.

GIGS & EVENTS   WINTER  2021 – 2022

Friday December 3rd  Jazzlive at the Crypt, Camberwell, London SE5 (8pm)

January 2nd 2022  (evening)  Brasserie Zedel, London

January 9th 2022 (lunchtime)  Brasserie Zedel, London

January 15th 2022  Chelsea Arts Club (private event)

February 13th 2022 (afternoon)  The Lamb, Surbiton

Sunday February 27th  (lunchtime) Brasserie Zedel, London

March 6th 2022 The Bell Inn, Bath

May 9th – 11th with TAMARA RAVEN   Brasserie Zedel, London

June 11th  Private function, Wycombe

June 26th (2pm)   St George’s Gardens, Bloomsbury, London

July 21st Private function, Niton, Isle of Wight.

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RADIO SHOW

November 13th 2019  Resonance FM 104.4 Broadcast DJ Ritu’s show “A World in London”. Highlights here :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrgmf0Wklr4&t=501s

Pete Watson

Accordionist

Pete leads the band and conceives much of the music. The band has combines a high level of stage chemistry, slick arrangements and skilled improvisation in different genres.

David Ahmed

Guitar

Dylan-inspired Londoner David Ahmed moved quickly on to folk mandolin and tenor banjo in his youth, before discovering the legacy of Django Reinhardt.  He performs with several Gypsy Swing ensembles in the UK. Fiery and melodic emotionalism is the essence of his style.

Toby Nowell

Associate Trumpet

Multi-instrumental Toby Nowell comes from a long lineage of professional musicians and plays trumpet, gypsy guitar, saxophones, clarinet and vocals. A talented jazz player, he is also well known for playing Balkan Brass (Balkanatics) and Afro-Beat  Bukky Leo’s Black Egypt).

Frank Biddulph

Violin

Frank Biddulph is a violinist and educational composer. He is arranger in residence for In Harmony Lambeth, where he specialises in writing inspiring pieces for young strings ensembles.

An experienced performer in a range of music styles from Gypsy Jazz, Klezmer, Turkish and North African to Irish, Scottish and English folk music,  he has toured extensively internationally, recorded for BBC John Peel sessions, and was commissioned by Julian Lloyd Webber in 2011 to write a piece for cello solo.

Nick Kacal

Bass

Nick Kaçal (pronounced Kasaal) is a double bassist and audio engineer. Originally from Trinidad, he studied Electroacoustics at Salford University (graduating in 1990) where he was inspired by the Manchester jazz scene.  

Since then he has played widely on the London music scene playing predominantly jazz and acoustic folk, occasionally touring to places such as Cape Verde, France and Spain.  He has formed his own group, Guerillasound, and currently plays with the Gabrielle Ducomble band. Pic : Neil Huxtable.

 

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