|Full House: a crowded Jazz Club listens to Krom, September 2016. Pic: Steve Porte|
It seems that once you have experienced the joys of the Phnom Penh music community, it is quite impossible to stay away! This week we welcome several well-loved musical alumni back to Cambodia for special gigs. In a quite weird and random twist, everyone has decided to come back on the first weekend of January, and play a gig on Friday night! This may result in some difficult choices for Leng Pleng readers. As usual, we will point out some of the highlights and let you decide which gig to catch.
|Billy’s Back: At FCC this Friday. Pic - supplied|
Billy Page is a driven solo performer, roaming around the South-East Asian region with an acoustic guitar and a proven repertoire of carefully crafted original songs. Billy plays primarily in Vietnam, but makes a point to visit Cambodia at least once per year. Catch his performance at FCC this Friday and every Friday in January.
Bassist Andre Swart will enjoy a musical reunion with Celtic music collective Kheltica this Friday at Jazz Club Phnom Penh. Andre has been a busy man since jetting in from his native South Africa, managing to renew old ties with both Grass Snake Union and Moi Tiet. The Kheltica gig will complete the ‘hat trick’, and has special significance for the big man:
“By far the longest running expat group in Phnom Penh, in the transient world of the Phnom Penh music scene, Kheltica is now into its ninth year. We now have our first second-generation member of Kheltica in 14 year-old fiddle prodigy Alyssa, daughter of our long time pianist Angie. After growing up at Kheltica gigs, she has fallen in love with the fiddle. As for me, personally, Kheltica is much more than a band. It's a family and when you're a member you're a member for life.” - Andre Swart
|Andre is the tall one, at the back.|
Thanks Andre and safe travels! Don’t be a stranger!
No less than two returning acts will be performing at Sundance Inn in Phnom Penh on Friday night. Sinville Roadshow is a very established name on the expat scene in Cambodia, boasting the star-power of Tiffany, backed up by her musical bedrock Simon. As the name suggests, they are best known for their performances in the laid-back beach bars of Kompong Som. It is always a treat to hear the superb soulful voice of Tiffany when the couple make a trip up to Phnom Penh. To make this gig even more unmissable, Gabriella Coniglio will be opening up the evening with a live acoustic set. The Scottish-born, Italian-raised singer has a rare voice and many excellent original songs - check out ‘Hey Beautiful’ via the link below:
Any long term member of the Phnom Penh music scene will be familiar with Jet Odrerir - the singer/guitarist who, along with Melanie Brew, was a progenitor of many alternative/indie bands ‘back in the day’. The founder of Betty Ford and The GT Falcons and Bum’n’Draze has skipped back into town and will be performing a solo acoustic set at Tacos Kokopelli on Friday night.
With 2017 blowing gustily into action, time to look forward a few weeks to a rather fantastic musical event set to take place in Siem Reap in February. The second ChubMet Music & Art Festival will this year feature even more visiting international music acts - including the hugely anticipated performance of Rasmee - an award-winning fusion act from North East Thailand. Rasmee will be performing alongside Cambodian acts Krom Monster and The Kampot Playboys at a gig at FCC Angkor on the 24th February. Lots more ChubMet details to follow in forthcoming wraps.
Whatever you're up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!