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The Balkan Wanderers / Lost Harbours / Julia Meijer @ The Wheatsheaf, Oxford
Saturday 29 November 2014, 8:20 pm - 11:00 pm
£3.50 (advance) / £4.50 (door)
The Balkan Wanderers take East European folk, add a little 80s indie bookishness and a lot of energy. With members hailing from the UK and Croatia, they merge klezmer clarinet effortlessly to pop melodies and punky rhythms, and this has seen them come to the attention of BBC Oxford and Oxford Contemporary Music.
Lost Harbours hail from Southend-on-Sea and have been performing since 2007 around the UK; they play with an eclectic collection of influences, but mainly draw upon the dark, mysterious and occasional beautiful elements of nature and the human condition. Their music has been described as psych-folk, strange and forbidding, sorrowful and “present day avant-garde blend of post-modern orchestration and Gregorian chant.” Harrowingly bleak and startlingly beautiful by turn.
Julia Meijer: Oxford-based, Sweden-raised Julia Meijer proffers crisply elegant songs brushed with sweet arrangements and subtle electronics. Her backing band features Seb Reynolds from The Evenings/The Keyboard Choir/Flights Of Helios/The Epstein/Pindrop Promotions/ten billion other cool things. Meijer impressed all-comers with an airy, tuneful set at this year’s Punt festival.