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To help celebrate the first anniversary of the current landlordship at the popular Masons Arms pub in Doncaster's market place, local World Music band Orchestre Ruffanti created a party atmosphere in the beer garden, where an otherwise grey Doncaster Saturday evening was transformed into a colourful fiesta with vibrant sounds and the rhythms of the world.
Opening with Wagner's Also Sprach Zarathustra, you know, the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, borrowed from the Brazilian pianist Deodato's funky arrangement, the eleven-piece orchestra provided a rich tapestry of funky rhythms on such well known songs as the Gloria Jones/Soft Cell/Marilyn Manson hit Tainted Love, The Beatles' Day Tripper, Cream's Sunshine of Your Love and the old T Rex glam rock classic Get It On. With percussionist Keith Angel presiding over the arrangements, the band played well into the night with a set that not only included pop classics but also several Latino songs and French chansons, adding world spices to an already international recipe.
With Jane Angel on lead vocals, Charlotte Black providing much of the Latino vocals, peppered with Dicky Satin's more off-the-wall vocal performances, Orchestre Ruffanti set out to put a smile on everyone's face, which they succeeded to do throughout the night, featuring contributions by Sara and Richard Potts on alto sax and trombone respectably, Dave Lane on keyboards, Mark Kerrigan on drums, Alex McGibbon on bass and Richard Cook on guitar, not forgetting non-regular band member Mick on trumpet.
Finishing with Melancholy Blues, Keith Angel invited the party revellers to stay on until the early hours, dancing to the music that inspires Orchestre Ruffanti, whilst the DJ spun records well into the night, but not until Lincolnshire duo Rhiannon Scutt and Pete Sowerby, otherwise known as Rita Payne, played a set of self-penned acoustic numbers including Ashes, World and A Streetlight Tale.