The Scene: Folk alchemists bring the Balkan beats

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Rhythms from across Europe will be mixed together for the return of a popular folk night.

Boomerang Returns comes back to the Voodoo Lounge at Mama Liz’s in North Street, Stamford, from 8.30pm tonight (Friday).

The monthly night will be headlined by Stamford-based Paspatou, supported by The Binewski Murder and Harry Ridgeway.

Graham Starkie, who organises Boomerang, plays bass and mandola in Paspatou, alongside Graham Dale on woodwind and piano, Miriam Forbes on fiddle and Jay Goldmark on guitar and drums.

Explaining what audiences can expect from a Paspatou show, he said: “A lot of different types of music are incorporated in our sound. But at the heart of it is this traditional music focusing on Eastern Europe.

“A lot of other genres crop up in there because we all have different influences. There are elements of folk, jazz and rock.

“We don’t try to play the music in a pure form. We are alchemists with the music.”

The band has had plenty of experience weaving together sounds from different cultures, having formed 10 years ago. The two Grahams previously played together in a folk trio and Miriam also has years of experience.

The band’s sound is aided by the original arrangements and compositions.

Graham added: “Graham Dale is a musicologist and composer. He has a lot of interesting ideas which come out in his arrangements.”

The mix of Balkan beats, Irish and English folk and jazz and rock might sounds a little intimidating but Graham is confident the audience will be on their feet by the end.

He said: “The live show is a mix. A lot of what we play are dance tunes, although the rhythms are quite strange to people who have not heard them before.”

The audience will be warmed up by Market Deeping singer/songwriter Harry Ridgeway and the individual sound of The Binewski Murder, from Cambridge.

Harry is a talented upcoming acoustic guitarist who takes his influences from Bon Iver and James Vincent McMorrow.

And while it is hard to pin down exactly what style The Binewski Murder have pioneered, the band’s mix of swaggering swing, drunken marches and wonky waltzes is always energetic and worth watching.

Doors for tonight’s Boomerang show open at 8.30pm. Tickets are £6 on the door or £5 in advance from Mama Liz’s or Silver Lane Wholefoods.