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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 10th March 2016

pic: WorldshipOrchestra Twitter
The Worldship Orchestra are back in Phnom Penh this week. The opportunity to see a great orchestra play classical music does not come around every week – catch the ensemble at 6pm on Friday at Aeon Mall.

Clay George will return to the Black Pearl on Friday night to reprise his excellent country band – comprising of the estimable Phil Javelle on keys, Lewis Pragasam on drums and Steve Sutcliffe on electric fiddle – with Clay heading-up the group on vocals and acoustic guitar. The versatile George has been a regular at Riverhouse Asian Bistro of late, showing off his vocal skills in a jazz piano duo with Larry Martinez. The sonorous Canadian singer-songwriter is also a superb blues singer, but will be concentrating on golden oldie country songs this Friday.

pic: Save Boeng Kak Blog
A host of bands and DJs will be partying the night away at Boeng Kak in Phnom Penh on Saturday night. Cambodian rockers Batbangers, Siem Reap-based collective Cambojam and French MC 12ME are just a few of the acts on the roster. The 'Develop Boeng Kak' organisation - based around Simone Bistro & Art at the former lakeside – is committed to helping the local community affected by the draining and filling of Boeng Kak Lake. The area is still a popular, alternative, destination for back packers and from time-to-time holds large-scale music parties.

Earlier on Saturday, singer-songwriter Amanda Bloom will be teaming up with some fantastic musical talent at FCC – The Mansion. Euan Gray will open proceedings with a solo set, followed by Amanda and her band (the superb Andrey Andrea and Lewis Pragasam). Check out the video below for a sample of Amanda's beautifully haunting piano-playing and vocal style.

The SoundtrekProject is a group of students from Paris, currently making their way around South-East Asia by the unusual means of performing concerts as a twelve-piece brass band! If you have not yet caught one of their energetic performances, there are still a few chances to see them perform this week. Soundtrek will be at Sharky Bar in Phnom Penh on Friday and at Cloud in Phnom Penh on Saturday before heading up to Siem Reap. The vibrant orchestra will then play their final Cambodian concerts at Music Art School on Monday and at Laundry Bar on Wednesday.

Whatever you're up to over the next few days... stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!  


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