Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Return Of Albert Ball's Flying Aces





Albert Ball's Flying Aces, led by the deliciously charming Nicholas D. Ball, make a welcome return to The Cakewalk Café tonight!


Albert Ball’s Flying Aces was originally formed in 1916 by the aviators of 266 Squadron RFC. To relieve the stress and horror of their daily aerial dog-fights high above the trenches, they used to gather in the evenings to play then-popular music on whatever instruments they could find, naming themselves after a famous airman of the time. Having settled in Paris following the 1918 Armistice, they now use their music and their wartime experiences to try to bring peace and understanding to a 1920s world, performing a wide repertoire ranging through naive 1910s pop songs, very early ragtime, the 'heroic age' of jazz and blues, French and German polkas and chansons, faux-exotic dance numbers and laments, Great War propaganda songs, music hall rabble-rousers and sentimental ballads - music which epitomises the spirit of that lost generation, resolutely jaunty and upbeat in the face of terrible loss and adversity.


[...In reality, Albert Ball’s Flying Aces was actually formed in 2008 by Bristolian percussionist/vocalist Nicholas D. Ball, who conceived the novel idea of a band portraying a group of ex-RFC airmen performing authentic music themed around the Great War. Since then the band has worked intensively in and around the capital, performing in several festivals and a roster of prestigious venues, including the Forge, the Vortex; Passing Clouds, the Hospital Club, The Experimental Cocktail Club and the Candlelight Club; featuring in a number of national and local newspapers, radio broadcasts, magazines and websites, and becoming a mainstay act within the very popular ‘vintage’ scene, winning acclaim for their authenticity, energy and humour.]


Come down from 7pm to soak up the vintage vibes. £3 or FREE for those attending the Swing Patrol dance classes!