Date/Time Sun 16 Oct 2022 7:45 PM
Price In Advance - £8; Online - £8 + 80p fee; On The Door - £10
Alfonso the Magnificent is an innovative and exciting group, mixing traditional genres of Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Classical and Modern Folk to create a unique sound of their own. Performing original songs from melancholic ballads to toe-tapping upbeat dance tunes.
The collaboration consists of Violinist Mervyn Wallis, Singer/Guitarist Leo Gibbs, Accordionist David Warner and Percussionist Nathan Marshall. Or so they say. Then there’s the real story . . .
“Any history of the band has to start with the man, the legend, some would even say enigma that is Alfonso himself. No one knows exactly where or when he was born, but if rumours are to be believed he was at the forefront of the Parisian café music revival scene of the 1940’s, helped to break rock n roll in the 1950’s, gave birth to psychedelic folk in the 1960’s, as well as being the master mind behind an avant-garde post modernistic dance theatre group throughout the 1970’s. Alfonso has always shied from the glare of publicity – and instead allows his mere essence to both inspire and motivate others. Following the untimely, and sudden, collapse of his dance theatre group, Alfonso disappeared – no one knows what occurred during these “wilderness years”; some say he travelled the old Incas trails, others speculate that he found spiritual relief in Tibet. Whatever the truth is, he was not heard of again until well into the new millennium. Then, like a fire work bursting in to the night sky, he re-emerged with a vision to create a band that would explore the boundaries of musical possibility. [read more on their website, here]”
After a rousing appearance supporting The Last Inklings in April, it’s pleasure to give a full evening to Alfonso and his vision.