If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to sit among Arcade Fire as they jam in their living room or questioned whether you could ever truly appreciate a banjo, you need to get yourself to Bloc to witness the wonder that is the Blochestra.
Every Monday something completely magical happens when a collection of musicians of all skills and all instruments unite to create the most wonderful fusion of sound. Quite literally right in the middle of the bar.
Ukes, flutes, a banjo – oh my
It’s completely laid back where a keyboard and ukuleles are nestled comfortably between pizza, gin and beer.
The variety of instruments and singers is impressive. Of course there’s the usual suspects like guitars, drums – and an extensive brass and woodwind section that includes flutes, a trombone and sax, to name only a few. Then there’s the more unexpected like a xylophone, a recorder and yes, even a mighty banjo – which incidentally sounds absolutely brilliant in their rendition of Feist’s 1234.
And just when you thought they couldn’t possibly fit another person or instrument, in walks a double bass.
Old favs and charming new discoveries
It’s an eclectic mix of well-loved tunes like the Cure’s Close to Me and lesser known but equally as mesmerising songs like Chicago by Sufjan Stevens – admittedly a new discovery for me. Just how did I ever survive without this song in my life?
It’s an energising, inspiring experience. And it’s completely free and completely open to anyone to bring along there instrument of choice and join in. Or, like me, sit in the midst of it all silently but happily absorbing it all.
But enough of me waxing lyrical – I’ll simply let the music speak for itself.