The FB Pocket Orchestra

The FB Pocket Orchestra takes its listeners back to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime, songs and popular dances of the 1920/30s and earlier.

The FB Pocket Orchestra was formed in 2012 by Paul Stevenson, Jenny Russell and Ollie Corbin after a cancelled recording project created some free studio time. Our self-imposed brief was simply to explore the popular music repertoire of the early 20th century. The primary aim was to investigate how we might make a musical response that would fit into the contemporary milieu. Of particular interest has been an attention to sonic palette and acoustic delivery. We find that our musical outcome has greater nuance, rhythmic flexibility and dynamic range if no amplification is used. So one of our rules has become ‘minimum amplification if zero is not appropriate’. We also feel that much of the detail and inherent beauty of this repertoire lies in the subtle interaction of more traditional instruments. Accordingly, we have broadened our instrumental scope to include banjo, cornet, harmonica, accordion, tuba, clarinet, violin etc. So, whilst we make no claim to authentic re-creation, we make music that we hope has significant musical relevance to a present-day audience and celebrates some of the key attributes of the past. Or to put that more succinctly – we hope to entertain our audiences with music from a time when life was much simpler! Paul Stevenson, June 2013

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'Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully on the album.' Jazz FM review October 1st 2012

FB Pocket Orchestra are totally immersed in their music, having a great time and making sure the audience do too. They are superbly talented musicians who nevertheless retain a self-effacing joy in their music. Scott Free - June 2013

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Title: The FB Pocket Orchestra
Artist: FB Music and Media Ltd
Full Cost of Show: £600
Target Audience: Suitable for all
Special Consideration: None
Dates Available: General availability for 2016
Running Time: 2 hours
Interval: 20 minutes
Get In Required: 1hr
Get Out Required: 30mins
Performance Space Required: 4m, 3m, 2m
Seating Layout: Cabaret preferred
Number of People on Tour: 3/4