N&N Festival, The Turbans review: It was the band’s joy that was infectious

The Turbans. Picture: Danny North

The Turbans. Picture: Danny North - Credit: Danny North

James Goffin reviews The Turbans at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival's Adnams Speigeltent last night.

Queuing up in the rain is rarely an auspicious start to a gig, but the insistent rhythms of The Turbans meant it didn't take long to get dry once the Spiegeltent started shaking.

The eight-piece is a melting pot with members from around the world, their music reflecting a range of folk traditions but with a bias towards the eastern Mediterranean. Friday, though, was a party gig and it was the band's joy that was infectious.

Guitarist Mirsolav Morski and oud player Maxim Shchedrovitzki staged a battle of musical one-upmanship playing blindfolded and with their instruments behind their backs. (Max also managed to coax the band into a lute-led death metal mash up and did a star turn on the triangle.)

Front man Oshan Mahony ended the main set being paraded through the crowd standing on someone's shoulders, still strumming his guitar as he went.


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He was happy, and so were we.

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