Friday, May 18, 2012


Gypsy orchestra treats plane full of stranded passengers to an impromptu hoedown in economy class (...and the video goes viral)
PHOTO Trombone:
Passengers were enthusiastic and perplexed by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra's impromptu concert on their delayed flight



Passengers on a delayed Air Canada flight from Toronto to Frankfurt were treated to an impromptu performance on Wednesday when gypsy band the Lemon Bucket Orkestra pulled out their array of instruments to entertain the anxious crowd.

But it's not just those on board who embraced the jovial music.
The Canadian fourteen-piece's economy class hoedown has gone viral on YouTube, amassing more than 100,000 views in the past 24 hours.

'Our plane got delayed 20 minutes so we got out the instruments,' the band wrote on its YouTube page.

The band played four songs on the tarmac at Pearson Airport in Toronto for stranded passengers on flight AC 876.

Its energetic music was met with enthusiasm from the crowd, with most people clapping and some even dancing in the aisles.

Others were clearly confused that what seemed like a bunch of college students was in fact a fully fledged orchestra.

Green-mohawked violinist, Mark Marczyk, said the impromptu concert was designed to 'lighten the mood' of passengers who were growing more anxious that their plane had not taken off.

'The in-flight performance was not a planned stunt. We were getting a little anxious about waiting on the tarmac, and so were the other passengers. Call it ‘lightening the mood.’ It’s the kind of thing we do all the time.'

Billed as 'Toronto's only Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy_Party_pun Super-Band', the Lemon Bucket Orkestra was en route to Bucharest to share the stage with the world’s foremost Romani band, Taraf de Haidouks.

'As a Canadian band, it’s a real honour to be invited to perform in one of the places where our music comes from,' Mr Marczyk said.

The sold-out show was the first of a thirteen-date promotional tour across Romania organized by the International Romani Art Festival.

The band regularly busks on the streets of Toronto. It has used the opportune delay and surprise performance to rally more fans, releasing a list of tour dates in a press release about the video's success on YouTube.

To see the Youtube video:

oh PS.  this is a great comment:

Only in Canada
Haha, in the US they would all be arrested

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They're amazing--especially that green-haired violinist! I just created an entire youtube playlist of all their performances.