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You can find information here about the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra, led by Simon Jeffes.

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News From Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Penguin Cafe on facebook...

We're now up on facebook which, while an imperfect solution to wade through, makes things rather easy to update etc...



News From Wednesday, November 4, 2009

End Of Tour Party coming up at Bush Hall, Sheperds Bush, on the 29th of November

To celebrate the year and to basically have a chance to have all our nearest and dearest along for a concert a bit closer to home we've decided to have one last gig before we settle in for Christmas.

Its going to be at Bush Hall and its in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. Tickets are now on sale at:

News From Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Summer would seem to be over - but it was really good so its not all bad.

The Summer tour went great - thank you to all of you who made it to the various festivals and halls up and down the country and beyond. We spent a huge amount of time in the tourbus and it was much more fun than we would have thought reasonable to hope for.

We ended up in Milan and hope to go back to Italy next year for more concerts - and possibly even further afield.

We've got a concert coming up on the 26th of October at the Barbican on stage with the brilliant Guillemots - along with a host of acts to celebrate 75 years of the British Council.

Other dates lining up for the next few months are Glasgow on January 26 and Belfast on February 5. Also we're hoping to get out to Tallin at some stage....

Our DVD and live mini-album are due out next month but that will most likely get its own post. Mixing it tomorrow...

News From Thursday, July 9, 2009

MFPC playing Thursday 23rd at WOMAD...

Late addition to the Summer's line-up - Womad on the Thursday

Galway Tickets on sale now!!!

MFPC's first ever overseas concert is taking place at the Galway Arts Festival on the 17th of July. Tickets on sale now at https://galwayartsfestival.ticketsolve.com/shows?page=3

News From Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Music From...

MUSIC FROM THE PENGUIN CAFÉ - Tour Dates - Summer Tour 2009

Arthur Jeffes has brought together a group of musicians to create Music from the Penguin Café, playing the music of his father, Simon Jeffes and the Penguin Café Orchestra and combining it with his own compositions.

The ensemble that Arthur has drawn together are about the same age as the original members of the PCO when they first started playing together in the late 1970s. Music from the Penguin Café will be touring from June this year into the early autumn, playing at festivals, concert venues, clubs and parties.

Fri 5th June: MANCHESTER, Royal Northern College of Music
0161 907 5200/ www.rncm.ac.uk
Sat 13th June: LONDON, ICA
0207 930 3647/ www.ica.org.uk
Sun 14th June: LONDON, ICA
Sat 20th June: BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion
01424 229 111/ www.dlwp.com
Sun 28th June: GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, Acoustic Stage
Tues 30th June: MILTON KEYNES, Stables Theatre
01908 280814/ www.stables.org ……./
Mon 13th July: HARROGATE, International Festival (on sale shortly)
01423 500 500/ www.harrogate-festival.org.uk
Thurs 16th July: SALISBURY, Larmer Tree Festival
01725 552300/ www.larmertreefestival.co.uk
Sat 18th July: GALWAY, Galway Festival (on sale shortly)
(+353) 91 509700/ www.galwayartsfestival.com

Plans are still coming together for August and September, but festival dates already confirmed include The Big Chill, Bestival, Snape Proms in Aldeburgh, the Festival Internazionale della Musica in Milan and a run of dates at the Edinburgh Festival.

The Penguin Café Orchestra is probably best known for tunes such as ‘Telephone and Rubber Band’, written around the sound of an engaged and ringing telephone, or ‘Music for a Found Harmonium’, used in the film Napoleon Dynamite. Their quintessentially English sound, influenced by folk, bluegrass, avant garde classical music and pop, has enjoyed a continuing cult status. The sudden death of Simon Jeffes in1997 brought the Penguin Café Orchestra to an abrupt end.

Since then the music has lived on in numerous film soundtracks and commercials. The musicians have reunited to play only once, with Arthur, in December 2007, to mark the tenth anniversary of Simon’s death.

Musicians in this Summer's line-up include Becca Waterworth (cello), Andy Waterworth (double bass), Arthur Jeffes (piano, cuatros), Des Murphy (ukelele), Vince Greene (viola) Neil Coding (piano, ukelele), Tom Chichester-Clark (cuatro, guitar), Cass Browne (percussion) and Darren Berry (violin).

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News From Monday, April 6, 2009

Music From the Penguin Cafe

Arthur Jeffes, Simon's son, is playing some of the Penguin Cafe music at a series of dates through the Summer of '09. For details watch this space or check the listings of the UK festivals.

For enquiries regarding bookings please contact David Jones at Serious ([email protected])