Lemon Bucket Orkestra describe themselves as a "Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super-band". With a lineup of as many as 16 musicians, they deliver a riotous party-hearty sound that has placed them in great demand as a live act. Their 2012 album Lume, Lume sure helped spread the word, and now they return in top form on Moorka. Once again, horns and violins propel their sound, with such ace players as Michael Louis Johnson, Chris Weatherstone and Emily Stam to the fore. The album was recorded in a friend's barn in Waterloo, and it comprises LBO reworkings of folk tunes from the Balkan States, Ukraine and Russia. Of note: frontman Mark Marczyk recently wrote a well-received play, Counting Sheep, that drew on his experience of the recent revolution in Ukraine (he and several LBO members toured there in the midst of the turmoil). We suggest sending the band back to the frontlines of the Ukraine/Russia conflict, as soldiers there would get too tired from dancing to fight!
LBO launched the gig with three Toronto shows this week (including The Great Hall on March 27 and St. Vladimir's on March 28), then set off on a cross-country tour, from April 2 to May 15 (in Montreal). For more details, check their site. Last summer these road warriors spent three months touring across the country.