Leigh Folk Festival | Mad King Ludwig & the Mojo Company
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Mad King Ludwig & the Mojo Company

Mad King Ludwig & the Mojo Company


With the spirit and inventive momentum of a Steinway grand piano hurtling down a busy inner-city intersection and all of the primitive fun-loving elation of a group of primates throwing bananas at a wall, Mad King Ludwig & the Mojo Co. are an exciting prospect, both on and off the record. Hailing from Southampton, their style is a combination of many, from urban Funk to rural Blues, late-night highway Alternative to sun-bathed, beach-bound Reggae, but could perhaps best be described via the invention of a new term – ‘Freak-Bop’. It is free, it is frenetic; it is joyous, it is jazz-infused; it is industrious, it is instinctive: it is inimitably their own. Fronted by the former Bavarian monarch Mad King Ludwig, a nymph-like thing of a man with the voice of a brooding Tom Waits, on vocals and saxophone, the Mojo Co. is comprised of a group of highly talented multi-instrumentalists, with Sir Rumblesticks providing all manner of beats on drums, Baron Gambhira laying the tracks hither and thither on bass, The Magyar Gypsy and Tsar Chord adding myriad forms of stringed wizardry on guitars, and Prince Ivories tinkling and sparkling on keys. As individual musicians, they have already garnered much attention and respect in their local scene, and now set out as one to impart their collective message of music, spontaneity and unadulterated good times across the UK and beyond. “Like Tom Waits at a gypsy wedding in outer-space.” (Rob da Bank, DJ and Bestival organiser)

Where to find them

Library Gardens (main stage): Sat 23, Start: 17.20 – Finish: 18.00

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