Mardi Gras heads to Twynholm

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Popular local dance band Café Largo will bring a touch of the carnival spirit to Twynholm next Saturday (March 8).

At this time of year, it’s traditional to celebrate the ‘Mardi Gras’ festival period in many countries with feasting and merry making before Lent, and two million people are set to celebrate in the most famous carnival in the world in streets of Rio De Janero, Brazil.

In the Stewartry, Cafe Largo will entertain the Mardi Gras revellers with a tantalising wide mix of rock and swing songs with a Latin flavour. The band, led by experienced singer/songwriter and guitarist Tony Connor, formerly with Route 66, features Will Barker (pictured) on lead guitar. Will has played in many bands , touring Europe with prog rock band Polaris and cutting a record with Imbiss at Abbey Road Studios. With influences as diverse as Bert Jansch, Santana and Hendrix, Will packs some blistering charismatic solos into the repertoire. In the rhythm section, Dave Stanford on bass, previously with bands such as the Geese and Leeds based Dodgy Tactics, teams up with Alex Cook on percussion to keep the rhumba, tango and salsa beats flowing and the dancers on their feet. Alex Cook, renowned local percussionist from perennially popular Galloway Folk, accompanies many ensembles, including the newly formed Stan Getz band from Dumfries.

Cafe Largo’s brass section features powerful synchronised harmonies and catchy solo melodies from Ewan Connor on cornet and Ruth Paterson on saxes and flute.

With lively and romantic songs from the 50’s to the Present ,including Dean Martin, Santana, The Mavericks and Caro Emerald, the evening will celebrate the Mardi Gras theme with a prize for the best mask and feasting on home-made pancakes. For enquiries or tickets (£6) please contact cafelargomusic@gmail.com or phone Tony on 01557 860 685 or Pat on 01557 860628.