LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA play a Ukrainian Christmas show December 15 at the Great Hall. See listing. Rating: NNN
Lemon Bucket Orkestra had a moment in the spotlight this year when a video of them playing a klezmer tune aboard a delayed Air Canada flight caught the trigger finger of hundreds of thousands of share-happy YouTubers. The video perfectly represents what the self-described "Balkan-Gypsy-klezmer-party-punk-super-band" does best: bring the sounds of eastern European folk traditions out of the realm of weddings and dances and unleash them on modern audiences.
The punked-up energy of the band's busking and guerrilla performances is harder to convey on record, though this sophomore album does an admirable job. Their interpretations of tunes that have been passed down through generations clearly show off their personality and lush 13-piece instrumentation, which makes room for unique touches like the hidede (a violin amplified with a horn) amid the accordions, fiddles and chants.
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