Opening with an astounding instrumental tune, Oi Va Voi imme
Opening with an astounding instrumental tune, Oi Va Voi immediately set the pace for the rest of the concert. Violinist Sophie Solomon, who, with her trendy punk look, by no means answers the image most people have in mind of a violinist, stole the show right from the start by playing her violin at the most scorching pace, displaying a wonderful passion. The band’s second song of the night was their hit “Refugee”, sung (and danced to) by the excellent Scottish singer KT Tunstall. On the CD “Laughter Through Tears”, that song certainly is a bull’s eye, but I think the audience wasn’t expecting it that early in the set yet. At that point, they still needed a little bit of warming up, but I can already reveal that somewhat later, the audience would mainly need a lot of cooling down!
I don’t remember the exact order of the playlist, I was actually so busy dancing from the very start that I completely forgot to take notes now and again. I found it impossible to stand still: not only because of the excellent, inviting sound, but also because of Oi Va Voi’s enthusiasm, the fun they have performing and the way KT was happily dancing along every second she was on stage. However, KT wasn’t the only one enrapturing the audience. Trumpet player / vocalist Lemez Lovas, for example, did the same with the rousing song “Gypsy”. Actually, Lemez also enchanted me with “Hora”, an entrancing song about identity, and with his version of “A Csitári Hegyek Alatt”, a tale about lovers, broken arms and rosemary bushes, which he helpfully translated into English for us.