The Scene: Global sounds to get you dancing

Balacordes Duo
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Melodies from across the world will weave their way through the crowd in the Voodoo Lounge at Mama Liz’s in Stamford on Sunday.

Hailing from Belgium, Balacordes Duo, pictured right, will headline the show with their mix of Turkish and Scandinavian influences.

And they will be ably supported by Tourdion, based around Stamford, who will conjure a lively French dance with a range of sounds.

Adam Cade, who organised the show, said: “There’s space for some dancing in the vaulted cellar of the Voodoo Lounge but equally a great chill-out atmosphere.

So we thought this world music/euro-dance gig would be a good Sunday evening social for the May bank holiday weekend.”

Balacordes Duo began playing at folk dances but their music caters for a much wider audience.

Tristan Driessens plays the oud, a stringed instrument used across the Arab world, and his style oozes Turkish influences.

Tristan is complimented by Wim Baeck on fiddle, who brings a Scandinavia flavour to the music.

The unusual combination works together to create set of original and mesmerizing dance tunes with subtle improvisations and strong grooves.

The duo are touring the UK to promote their new self-titled album, released on Appel Rekords.

The show will begin in lively fashion as the six members of Tourdion get people dancing to traditional French tunes.

The six members are versed in a variety of instruments, including hurdy-gurdy, melodeon, mandolin, whistles and djembe. They are led by Florence, their French singer, who also leads the audience in traditional dances from across France.

The band’s name comes from tourdion dance events in France, which are similar to British ceilidhs or barn dances.

Florence will call out instructions to the crowd and her enthusiasm,combined with the band’s energy is sure to bring people to the dancefloor.

The show at Mama Liz’s will beging at 7.30pm on Sunday.

Tickets are £6 on the door or £5 for concessions.

For a sample of what’s in store visit www.myspace.com/balacordes and www.tourdion.co.uk.

The Scene is open to any band, artist or performer wanting to promote a show. To be in it contact reporter Alex Moore on 01780 750441, e-mail alex.moore@jpress.co.uk or tweet @Mercury_Alex.