Dazzling Danes Descend on the Eastgate

 A band to discover and truly savour, the dazzling Danish folk/roots foursome Basco tell stories about loves won and lost with an intoxicating mix of high-speed reels and sweet, melancholy tunes full of texture and layers. Although in truth, a lot of their songs are also about sex.

With members also hailing from Sweden and Australia, Basco’s material is nearly all original, stealing frivolously from Scandinavian, English, Celtic and American idioms to create what the band describes as “a kind of organic, soupy stew – full of vitamins and anti-oxidants”.

Basco often join forces in Big Basco with three horn players, known for their work with Denmark’s Radio Bigband and the Odense Symphony Orchestra; a coming together of folk, jazz and classical music in one rather magical mess.

Currently on a UK release tour for their new album, Interesting Times, Basco play the Eastgate Theatre on Sat 10 June – a chance for Borders audiences to experience a band that one recent music festival described as having “arrived as complete unknowns and left as deservedly conquering heroes”.

Not that that’s the case in the band’s home country where they have been busy gathering awards ever since their first album, The Crow in the Walnut Tree, was nominated for Debut of the Year at the Danish Music Awards 2009. A follow up album in 2011 helped the band scoop Singer of the Year, plus nominations for Album of the Year and Live Act of the Year at the same awards, while a third album, released in 2013, saw band member and cittern maestro Ale Carr collect the hugely prestigious Artist of the Year.


Basco play the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles on Saturday 10 June. Tickets £14, available from Box Office on 01721 725777 or online.