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Following previous sell out tours in Dorset, Bristol based band Moscow Drug Club are back on the Artsreach rural touring circuit by popular demand and kicking off the new Artsreach spring season in January.

In the darkness of late winter, in a shady watering hole South of the river, in Bristol, North American chanteuse Katya Gorrie and a guitarist Will Edmunds met to have a quiet drink. Through the door walked an old friend, jazz trumpeter Jonny Bruce, and soon the three of them found themselves chatting about the swing music of the 1930’s & 40’s, German Cabaret Songs, and the Parisian songwriters of the 50’s.

Not long after this fateful evening, the three friends met Mirek Salmon, a classically trained accordionist from Poland, whose passion for French musette and Argentinian tango was both infectious and inspiring and together the four musicians started to create a small set of music derived from these ideas. Finally, long time comrade and exceptional double bassist Andy Crowdy was called in to complete the quintet, and so Moscow Drug Club was formed.

Moscow Drug Club is a curious place, where elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo tango and Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few drinks and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some cobbled street in eastern Europe, on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt and Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes…

The band has wowed crowds across the UK with their intoxicating and infectious sound. With previous performances at venues and festivals including Womad, Larmer Tree, Marlborough Jazz festival and the Royal Albert Hall, Moscow Drug Club cordially invite you to share a wry smile with them as you enter their darkly comic world, but be warned, early booking is advised!

Catch this outstanding live band as they tour to Portesham (01305 250212) on Friday 13 January at 7:30pm, and Sixpenny Handley (01725 552812) on Saturday 14 January at 8pm. Further information and tickets are also available online at www.artsreach.co.uk

Fri 13 Jan, 7:30pm. Portesham Village Hall. 01305 250212

Saturday 14 Jan, 8pm. Sixpenny Handley Village Hall. 01725 552812

www.artsreach.co.uk

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