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Fromage en Feu

Cheese-flavoured gypsy jazz mayhem

The brilliant Bristol-based band Fromage en Feu bring their head-spinning brand of jazzy, gypsy, world music to Clayhidon on Saturday 26 January.

It’s hard to describe this massively talented six-piece group who, bizarrely, are all named after cheeses, but we can promise you a wonderful evening of high tempo, tongue-in-cheek musical humour with a strong Balkan flavour and something approaching complete abandonment.

 “Oompah mayhem” was how a Guardian critic described them.

They promise to “play at speeds we can barely maintain, use ludicrous accents we can barely maintain and dress sharply - or not at all. Like the old Camembert left in a suitcase for a month, ours will be the ripest, fruitiest tunes at the peak of potency.

 “Henceforth let les amoureux de Fromage UNITE! You have nothing to lose but your inhibitions, sobriety, clothes or your sanity.”

Apparently the band was formed on a ferry from France to England, when clarinettist Bobby Cheddar was playing a Jewish melody and Jan van der Gouda picked up his trumpet and began to play along. For a flavour of what these pungent cheeses offer watch them switch from slow to frenetic at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on this clip

The gig starts at 8pm (doors open at 7.30). Tickets are £10.  To reserve, call Caroline Bendle on 01823 681047 or email carouselle@bt There’ll be a licensed bar and supper at £5 a head for those who book.