CONSTANTIA BROTHERS SMASH HIT WITH BBC
Norfolk's Constantia Cottage Restaurant was the setting for prime time BBC
Television series 'The Best Of Friends' last Friday. The 15 strong crew visited the North
Norfolk Village of East Runton for one of their surprise stunts. Four hours of
intense filming featured a self-penned tune by The Constantia Brothers and a Syrtaki dance
by their sister Maria. The Brothers proved to be a smash hit in more ways than one
with a spectacular finale of traditional Greek plate smashing.
Cromer's singing brothers will be screened on BBC1, BBC2 and Sky channels in September.
The programme will also cover Cromer crab dressing courtesy of Richard and Julie
Davies in Cromer, caught by the shop's own boat.
The Constantia Brothers were thrown back into the International Television spotlight last
month with a major TV documentary that was screened world-wide via the PIK Channel in
|A spin off was inevitable when a 'Best Of Friends' researcher visited the
brothers a week later to plan filming. "It's so strange that we are getting a
sudden influx of publicity" said Andreas. "Entertainment is such an
unpredictable area. We thought we had decided to take a back seat to concentrate on
song writing a few years ago but we are still very much in demand as a performing
outfit". The Brothers have had a spate of successful appearances and song
releases over the years including backing tracks for the Athens Olympics that were aired
by the BBC during the games.
A string of projects are now planned throughout 2006 as East Runtons' irrepressible
entertainment's phenomenon continues to move forward.
From left to right - Yaz Yiasimi / Constantia Brothers - (Middle) Rani, Best of Friends
presenter and Michael Yiasimi - Right is Andreas Yiasimi / Constantia Brothers.
HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT
I simply had to cover this event as the High School and many youngsters had made such a
terrific effort. Four bands played and the results were interesting to say the
least. First on were a band called The Promise Mountain (www.myspace.com/thepromisemountain).
A band together for only three months they were: Harry Cowper Johnson Guitar 1
/Vocal; Bod Higgs Guitar 2/Vocal; Harry Smith /Bass. Sorry Drummer I didn't catch your
name. Their sound was immediate (as was true of all the bands). I'm not sure about
this current trend of shouting down the microphone in a primeval way simply because it
just ruins the texture of the musicianship beneath. My doubts were confirmed later!
Despite that I could hear on occasion well-organised harmony and structure.
The product of a good musical mind. They describe their stuff as Pop Punk. It
Next on were a band called This is colour. I'm afraid they could have chosen a
better name. The vocal completely ruined any texture of the backing musicianship.
So much so that I simply can't comment on it because I couldn't hear it.
These lads hail from Bury St. Edmunds and have certainly gigged and they didn't lack
passion. Unfortunately people voted with their feet and left the hall, reassuring me
that I hadn't suddenly lost my ability for rational musical appraisal. I have to
say that unbridled creativity has to be tempered with common sense. Walking the
tightrope between the two has plaged creative artists for centuries. When I was a
performing musician if I didn't have food on the plate I knew I was getting it
wrong. I think this band has a lot to learn but I think in time, they'll learn
it. They have an MCD (a bit like an album) I'm sure the balance is better.
They described their stuff as melodic metal. I wouldn't.
Next came Spot. How they managed to get this band to play, I don't know. They
are a class act and have backed many famous bands (Feeder for example) and have a very
large following in their own right. It's justified. Their sound as they say is
'AC/DC meets Greenday'. I'd say that's fair but would add 'Classy West Coast' and I
mean class. Their vocal harmonies and clever use of interplay between instruments
created a rich blend of dynamics. A band you must see (www.myspace.com/spotband) take
a look at their website and see them at Somerleyton Hall between the 21st and 23rd July
(Eastern Haze). They went down well. Their new album 'Surfing on the Dead Sea' will
be well worth a look. Good luck in your career Spot.
Last on: The Royals. I've seen these boys before. If they can drop the
screaming, their sound will be lifted as I've often told them. They are Harry Cowper
Johnson Guitar/Vocal 2; Eddie Griffiths Bass/Vocal 1 and Will Smith on Drums. They
did well. The engine room of the band is the creative and intelligent guitar of Harry
Cowper Johnson and the well-measured support of the Bass and Drums creates the right
Dynamic. This band will move on, evolve and learn. An exciting potential here.
I wish them well. Check them out: www.myspace.com/theroyalshxc.
They have a second EP out. It's intelligent. They describe their stuff as 'Hard-Core
Punk Rock' and it was true to that label.
My hat's off to the teachers on duty that night. They give all after a long day at
school and one had five hours marking to do when she got home. They deserve our
thanks and respect.
Tim Jefferson email@example.com