Websters Theatre to welcome the ‘unique and electrifying’ Budapest Café Orchestra

By Ellen Thomson at

Their shows are hugely entertaining and a display of top-quality musicianship.

Now the Budapest Café Orchestra have a date with a Glasgow audience next month.

Budapest Café Orchestra

Date: Budapest Café Orchestra play Glasgow’s Websters Theatre

The four-piece outfit will bring their Eastern European sounds to Websters Theatre by Kelvinbridge on June 22.

If you are not familiar with the group, their repertoire is vast and eclectic.

They play pieces from the Balkans and Russia, mournful Klezmer melodies, raucous Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czadas.

Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires, their shows are good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube.

The stop-off in Glasgow is part of a 25-concert tour across Scotland.

The BCO were established in 2009 by award-winning British composer and violinist Christian Garrick.

Budapest Café Orchestra

Unforgettable: the band evoke the sounds of the Danube

They are four vastly experienced musicians with diverse backgrounds.

Its members are Garrick (violin, doumbek); Eddie Hession (button accordion); Adrian Zolotuhin (guitar, domra, balalaika, say); and Kelly Cantlon (double bass).
Their promo literature reads: “Hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship.

“They have won acclaim from fans, fellow musicians and critics alike for their electrifying and entertaining shows. 

“They’re hard to describe, you just have to see and hear them.

“The Budapest Café Orchestra is as fantastically exciting as it is musically impressive.”

This years’ tour takes in the Outer Hebrides for the first time.  

Watch: a flavour of the Budapest Café Orchestra

The band has enjoyed rave reviews.

Here is what World music magazine Songlines said of their show: “Last night we went, with friends, to see The New Budapest Cafe Orchestra.

“It was the most exciting, inspiring and uplifting evening.

“The whole event was a delight and everybody in the audience were stamping and shouting for more.

“Thank you for bringing such class entertainment to our area.

“More of them please, we would certainly love to see the BCO again.” 
The Budapest Café Orchestra have chalked up some 125 concerts across Scotland since 2011.

This year they shall hit the 150 mark after the following: 

JUNE 2018
Tues 5th DALWINSTON Village Hall
Weds 6th PEEBLES Eastgate Arts Centre
Thurs 7th MUSSELBURGH Brunton Theatre
Fri 8th BLAIRGOWRIE Town Hall
Sat 9th TURRIFF Deer Public Hall
Sun 10th STRATHPEFFER Pavillion
Mon 11th MELVICH Village Hall
Tues 12th PORTMAHOMACK Carnegie Hall
Weds 13th ACHMORE & Stromferry Hall
Thurs 14th ULLAPOOL Ceilidh Place 
Fri 15th LOCHINVER Village Hall
Sat 16th PORTREE Aros Centre
Sun 17th *Private Party*
Mon 18th UIG-LEWIS Community Centre
Tues 19th TARBERT-HARRIS Community Centre
Weds 20th BENBECULA-UIST School Theatre
Thurs 21st CASTLEBAY-BARRA Community Hall
Fri 22nd GLASGOW Websters Theatre
Sat 23rd EDINBURGH Summerhall  
Mon 17th NEWTON STEWART Swallow Theatre   
Tues 18th EDINBURGH please contact us for details 
Weds 19th BRAEMAR Village Hall
Thurs 20th JOHNSHAVEN Village Hall
Fri 21st FALKLAND Community Hall
Sat 22nd LINLITHGOW Academy Hall