December 15th, 2014

(relatively) recent

Taraf de Haïdouks concert ticket going

I just realised I've been posting about this on Facebook (and Craigslist) but not on my blog.

I've posted here before about my love for the Romani band Taraf de Haïdouks. I've been waiting for years for them to do a concert here (that I don't find out about afterwards, if at all!), and so jumped at the chance when I saw on Facebook that they are performing in Glasgow on the 24th of January (as well as Norwich and Helsinki, neither of which was of interest to me). After two days researching the logistics of getting there after Shabbos from Newcastle, where I'll be for my mother's yahrzeit, I bought a ticket, and a train ticket to get there... and just hours later they announced a further tour date in London.

Neither of these tickets is returnable; great, that's £50 wasted. However, there's nothing in the conditions of sale of my concert ticket (I checked by 'phone!) to prevent me selling it on. So, does anyone reading this want—or know anyone who might be interested in—a ticket to the Glasgow concert? The ticket cost £17.50 plus booking fee plus P&P, but I'll knock a bit off to make it worthwhile buying from me rather than the box office.

The blurb for their London concert reads:
Expect riotous Romanian folk from the world’s greatest gypsy group Taraf de Haïdouks – literally ‘band of outlaws’.

Nothing prepares you for seeing Taraf de Haïdouks live. Their shows burst with intense passion and overflowing energy. The clattering virtuosity and passionate gypsy rasp of this orchestra of honourable brigands will steal your breath away and they're guaranteed to get you on your feet. When presenting their BBC Radio 3 award for World Music, long time admirer Johnny Depp stated: “Taraf De Haidouks are the greatest musicians I know – they play a music which expresses the most intense joy, and have this gift to make you feel alive.”

Catch them soon or repent at leisure.

'Their live act is extraordinary – a magical mix of quicksilver melodies, amazing violin and cimbalom solos, earthy songs of lost loves, and riotous traditional wedding songs.' (Daily Telegraph)

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