Sharky Bar & Restaurant

Sharky Bar & Restaurant

Monday, August 1, 2011

Saturday July 30th: Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra

JP Hill of SuperGlide guests for some improvised Blues
Lyda from Sharky's jamming with the PPHO
Safety first

Mykkel has time for a quick pint inbetween songs

Mathais leading the way

Saturday Night saw the welcome return of the Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra to Sharky Bar & Restaurant !

With a 'display banner' nearly as big as the 'numbers of musicians' in the band, a large and appreciative audience 'lapped up' nearly three hours of bohemian/bavarian polka-style entertainment !

The PPHO troops - well marshalled by iconic frontman Matthias - turned on a superlative display for the enthusiastic Sharky crowd !

Conductor cum violin maestro (Matthias) who apart from playing 'mean fiddle' is not only a born leader but also an all-round entertainer !

Leading from the front and looking quite splendid in his ringmaster striped jacket and baggy hat (neatly complimented by his white half-mast trousers and boots),
he cut quite a mezmerising figure out there on centre stage !

He even found the time to show-off his harmonica skills with a short but bluesy couple of songs - complete with some neat 'honky-tonk' piano from Gabby and some 'gritty blues' guitar playing from new band member Mikkel.

Infact, the addition of Gabby on electric piano was a welcome addition to the overall 'hippie' sound.

His 'up tempo' playing - not to mention his likeable-stage persona (complete with white motorcycle helmet) - was a refreshing tonic to this already great showband.

There was even time for guest vocal appearances from JP (Superglide's lead vocalist/writer ) - and Sharky's very own Lida - to round-off a fantastic night's entertainment !

The Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra are indeed a phenomenal collection of great musicians !

On behalf of Big Mike, Ross and myself (Dave The Punk); all of us extend our heartiest thanks to Matthias and his Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra for a truly magical performance last night !

It was a privilege !

See you all again very soon at Sharky Bar & Restuarant - Phnom Penh's Number One Music Venue !

Cheerz - Dave The Punk

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