Fanfare Ciocărlia

Norwich Lanes

Fanfare Ciocărlia’s unparalleled talent for alloying their Balkan brass with dashes of jazz, pop and rock, all performed with mad precision at breakneck tempos, has given them cult status and made them a permanent fixture in the music scene ranging from punk to classical.

Two and a half decades, thousands of shows and 9 studio albums later, Fanfare Ciocărlia were at the pinnacle of their career when a pandemic shocked the world. This unprecedented event has meant the same for them as it has for millions of other artists around the world: an abrupt stop to all work. And while the world seemed to be at a standstill, the band’s many fans became active and helped them to complete their long-planned 25thanniversary album with financial support and words of encouragement.

Now the results can be heard: “It Wasn’t Hard To Love You” is a musical ode to Fanfare Ciocărlia’s legions of fans. It is the latest chapter in the story of a big band from a small village, a band that wants to put smiles on people’s faces, and a band that yearns for a long future of thrilling concerts extending deep into the night.