Latin fever hits Branscombe

PUBLISHED: 10:52 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:23 17 June 2010

FEET were tapping and rum punch was flowing when three Latin musicians took centre stage at Branscombe s Village Hall last week. The village welcomed Omar Puente and Cubania, a talented Latin American jazz trio, at a sell out performance last Thursday eve

FEET were tapping and rum punch was flowing when three Latin musicians took centre stage at Branscombe's Village Hall last week.

The village welcomed Omar Puente and Cubania, a talented Latin American jazz trio, at a sell out performance last Thursday evening.

The musicians, Omar, Dorance Elorza and Elpideo Caicedo, performed mainly progressive jazz for the first part of the evening and then launched into more familiar Latin and Spanish pieces for the second part.

Chicken and cinnamon soup with crusty white bread was served during the interval provided by the Ladies of Branscombe, including Amanda Statham, Lyn Cattlin, Sheila Wilcox, Pat Morgan, Pat Crowe, Ann Haines and Mary Taylor.

The atmosphere, particularly in the second half was jolly with revellers dancing and clapping hands.

Omar and his fellow musicians warmed up the crowd with enthusiastic commentary and skilfully combined classical themes such as Rachmaninov and Brahms with Latin music.

The successful evening, organised in conjunction with Villages in Action, raised £430 for the village hall roof fund

Paul Haines, chairman of the village hall fundraising committee, said: "I think the evening went very well and I'm pleased that we achieved a sell out so soon after Christmas.

"I think it points to the fact that Villages in Action is gaining credibility and a reputation for quality entertainment.

"Debbie Purly, Puente's wife and agent' rang me to say how much they had appreciated their welcome in Branscombe and how beautiful they thought Devon to be.

"They were particularly grateful to Lyn and Nigel Cattlin, who put them up for the night and provided tremendous hospitality.


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