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NEHH Presents... Orkestra del Sol & The Jellyman's Daughter


Friday 12th August, 19.00


After a busy week, DarkChat reviewers were in need of some revitalisation and made a good choice with Orkestra Del Sol.


The Summerhall venue was already fairly full by the time the support – The Jellyman’s Daughter - took to the stage. A

perfect contrast in style to what was to follow, the Edinburgh duo performed some delightful ballads in a style reminiscent

of The Civil Wars.


Then on came Orkestra Del Sol, to a packed and fairly steamy room, and musical mayhem ensued.  This multi-talented

9-piece band are hard to classify – their music has Balkan and Latin elements but is very much their own creation. Their

choice of instruments is just as idiosyncratic, with a sousaphone underpinning many of the songs.


The band has a dedicated following who were dancing straight away but the infectious music and charm of the performers

ensured that soon everyone was joining in.


At the outset the band promised plenty of antics and didn’t disappoint. There were comic characters to illustrate and

punctuate the music, fearless crowd surfing, a polka lesson and one unforgettable moment when the room was filled with

waltzing couples.


Although Orkestra Del Sol’s act is very visual, they certainly don’t need to rely on antics to entertain as they are very accomplished musicians. We now have their latest album ‘Lung Capacity’ which is well produced and perfectly captures their distinctive and joyous sound.


We left re-energised and one DarkChatter commented that his toothache had been cured by the experience!


Highly recommended.


This was a one off performance at this year's Fringe

Further information on both bands can be found on their respective websites