Interview with the Orchestra of Chaos

Barry Bling and Mr Velvet are two working class ghetto dudes, loveable rogues who are relics from the working club era of free and easy bands and duos that entertained audiences across the Midlands. They are taking their roots to a new level with anarchic comedy and music, fun laughter and chaos guaranteed!

Tell us about Barry Bling and Mr Velvet.
Bling and Velvet are two larger than life Midland based comedy characters, dripping in Bling, shades and Black Suits. They are guaranteed to get the party started wherever. They use a small keyboard and miniature drum kit and can perform anytime, anyplace, anywhere. They sing, dance, body pop, break dance and put zany and coolness into any atmosphere. Barry Bling has always maintained his Black Country roots and does a welcome rap that incorporates the old Black Country recently rapping about the old B.C. in Germany.

You’ve been commissioned by Funny Things – can you tell us what you will be doing as part of the commission?
The Orchestra of Chaos is very excited to be a part of Funny Things, after ten years on the road it’s a homecoming show for Barry Bling and Mr Velvet. Being a local lad Barry wants to take The Orchestra of Chaos to the four corners of the Black Country in their tour van. They will be performing a pop-up festival style performance in certain locations to give people the chance to experience what Funny Things is all about, specifically areas or communities that may not be able to attend or travel to the heart of the festival. The Orchestra of Chaos will be looking to take this experience direct to these audiences, whether in shopping centres, on the streets, in a shop or at your local hairdressers, in fact anywhere they can get to or visit on their travels.

Also, we are very excited to have the Blingettes with us who have worked with us and performed with us since we began, the girls Sima and Surj will be travelling with us and collating stories from the audience of any funny things you can tell us, including anecdotes and local stories. These will all be compiled for a digital online zine to be featured at The Funny Market during the festival.

The Orchestra of Chaos will also be the in-house band for the festival so expect to see us at the hub of Funny Things performing through the festival as well as being on the road representing Funny Things. We are also excited to be working with Guest Director Janice Connolly as we have worked together over the years.

If someone hasn’t seen what you get up to before what can they expect?
‘Love, laughter, fun and chaos’ is our motto. We are quite rare and unusual as we have performed to all age groups around the country and now internationally, we have never failed to deliver on our promise and motto. From our walk on dance routine, we bring the comedy and music straight to your heart with an intertwined set of absurd comedy and music with a lot of hilarious audience participation thrown into the mix. Expect to laugh, sing, dance and definitely expect the unexpected. Chaos guaranteed.

If you’d like to get a visit from the festival band then we’re looking for people who are wacky enough to deserve it. Click here to see what you need to do.

The band will be popping up all over the city – follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out where.

See the band at the following:

Saturday 28th October, 1.30-3.30pm – Wulfrun Shopping Centre

Sunday 29th October, 11am-1pm – Funny Market at Light House Media Centre

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