the remi harris project

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On Saturday 6th May, Mareham-le-Fen village hall was once again the venue for an evening of excellent music, provided by the Remi Harris trio. This talented young guitarist held us all spellbound with his interpretations of well-known numbers from pop, jazz, blues, rock, heavy metal and world music, along with a bass player and acoustic rhythm guitarist who were also very accomplished.

Remi’s early influences, including Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page, then later jazz and particularly the style of Django Reinhardt and gypsy swing, were evident in his playing. These influences have informed his own unique style resulting in some truly breathtaking performances.

In the first set we had ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, Joseph Joseph’, and ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, all given the Remi Harris Gypsy Swing treatment. He then switched to electric guitar, giving a talk to the audience about his different guitars and how the gypsy swing genre had evolved. He then played a wonderful version of ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’.

The second set included some Django classics such as ‘Nuages’, then ‘Midnight in Moscow’, ‘April in Paris’, and finished with a couple of Fleetwood Mac numbers. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance, shouting for more when the set ended.

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