The Robin Nolan Trio Perform at Bonnington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham

2nd March 2014, 12:21 pm

When I bought my ticket to see The Robin Nolan Trio, at the Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham, I knew I was in for a treat to see and hear the world class gypsy jazz guitarist.

Robin Nolan has played with every top gypsy jazz artist and headlined every major gypsy jazz festival across the globe.  Based in Amsterdam, he’s been lauded by great musicians including Beatle George Harrison, who named Robin as his favourite guitarist and booked Robin for his private garden parties.

Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman said: “Robin Nolan is so amazingly good, as soon as I record something in the spirit of Django Reinhardt, I’ll book him a flight and bring him into the studio.”

George Harrison’s son Dhani’s record label released Robin’s new album Gypsy Blue last summer.

The trio also features Dutch double bassist Arnoud Van Den Berg alongside Shrewsbury-based acoustic guitar virtuoso Chris Quinn.

It was an intimate performance, with the tri playing to a privileged audience of around thirty, held in the Bonnington Theatre Bar.  Amongst their set The trio played a couple of Django Reinhardt classics as well as a tribute to George Harrison, featuring a wonderful interpretation of ‘And I Love Her’.  This was perhaps my favourite piece as I’ve always been fond of the music of The Beatles.  Another piece which I enjoyed very much was a tribute to Ravi Shankar, somehow Robin making his guitar sound like a sitar.

A brilliant evening of top quality entertainment from these immensely talented trio of musicians.  Well worth seeing if you get the opportunity.

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