Budapest Café Orchestra returns for tour of Dorset

THE popular Budapest Café Orchestra is returning to Dorset for five dates this month. 

The Budapest Café Orchestra (BCO) first established itself as a Dorset favourite way back in the mid-1990s when touring for local arts organisation Artsreach.

Established by British composer and violinist, Christian Garrick, they play a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest pieces ever written by the greats. 

A small but impeccably formed orchestra of just four players, the BCO combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz and balalaika creating an aural alchemy, normally only characteristic of far bigger ensembles.

Two of the country’s most revered international soloists revel at the heart of proceedings. Accordionist exemplar Eddie Hession is a supreme accordion champion of Great Britain. In his illustrious career he has accompanied Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Chris Rea. 

Christian Garrick is one of the world’s most celebrated jazz violinists. He has played with the likes of Dame Cleo Laine & Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy, Bireli Lagrene and Caro Emerald.

Another member of the orchestra is one of Russia’s most enigmatic musical exports. The sultan is played expertly by Adrian Zolotuhin, a master of the strummed strings of domra, balalaika, guitar and saz. 

Veteran bass-man Kelly Cantlon has been in the business of laying down the low notes for many moons. Kelly found fame in the late 60s as a vagabond with northern soul sensations Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.

Over the years since, BCO has performed in just about every village, parish and town across Dorset to great acclaim. Now they are back to tantalise, dazzle and enthral audiences with their unique blend of folk and gypsy-flavoured music and entertainment in their 10th anniversary year of the present incarnation of the band.

They will be appearing in Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, near Charmouth, on Tuesday, April 23, followed by Powerstock on April 24, Burton Bradstock on April 25, Evershot on April 26 and Charlton Down on April 27.

Doors for all performances open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £12, £11 for over 65s or free for under 16s and can be booked by emailing

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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