Sunshine Sounds at the Trades

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Orkestra del Sol

With summer just round the corner it’s the perfect time for Orkestra del Sol to bring their mix of sunny beats and high energy performances to the Trades on Saturday.

Orkestra del Sol are inspired by the great brass band traditions of Eastern Europe but infused with the swagger of a Balkan wedding band, the vibrancy of a Caribbean festival and the flair of the Latin night on Strictly Come Dancing.

The brass troubadours hailing from corners of the globe are now based in Scotland but their uncanny ability to win over a live crowd with slapstick antics and infectious tunes have won them a worldwide audience.

A long weekend at the club kicks off with the ever popular quiz night chaired by Dave Boardman who is the Trades’ answer to Jeremy Paxman. It’s a chance to weep when you realised you’ve written down the wrong answer and pull your hair out during the devilishly difficult themed music round.

Fridays sees a cornucopia of DJs from the Hebden Bridge Fringe festival taking to the decks raising money to support an expanded range of acts performing outside the official Arts Festival. Taking their turn on the wheels of steel are DJs from What The Freak, Chapter Four, Into the Valley, HB and La Puta with organisers promising the first hour for bedroom DJs to spin their own tunes.

The weekend rounds off with an old favourite Belinda O’Hooley making a very welcome return to the club. The last time Belinda performed she was a quarter of new folk heroines Rachel Unthank and the Winterset and her gorgeous piano playing and cheeky banter dominated that show.

This time she’s back in tandem with velvet voiced partner Heidi Tidow showing off her beautifully crafted songs backed up with exquisite harmonies and the usual irreverent banter with the audience.

Belinda is touring on a double bill with rising folk star Jackie Oates who she met when they were both performing with the Winterset. Jackie has been described by folk lovers as one of the finest singers on the circuit and her second solo album The Violet Hour won universally good reviews.

“It’s a very long weekend of high quality entertainment over four nights and we’re sure Orkestra del Sol will bring some much needed sunshine into our lives after what seems like months in the twilight deep in the valley,” says Trades Club Spokesperson Paul Clarke.

“All of us are looking forward to welcoming Belinda O’Hooley back as she is not only a fantastic songwriter but one of the funniest performers ever to set foot on our stage.”

Tickets for the quiz (£4), Festival Fringe Fundraiser (£6), Orkestra del Sol (£10) and Belinda O’Hooley and Jackie Oates (£9) are available at 01422 845265 or

Listen now to some of the acts

Orkestra del Sol

Belinda O’Hooley

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