Saz'iso at the Pontio in Bangor, 3/Nov2017
Went with my wife to visit her niece at Bangor Uni a couple of weeks back and her niece suggested we went to a gig that was on at the Uni's new arts centre, an 8 piece band that played Southern Albanian music. I have to say that the idea didn't thrill me at the time, and I hadn't made the connection with the article and the band that had been on Cerys' show on 6 Music the week before. Basically they are a 'supergroup' made up of the best musicians from the Southern Albania.
The seats/tables were laid out cabaret style and it was a quiet atmosphere to start with, with each musician taking the lead throughout the set. But by the end they had won the audience over and stormed it, ending the show by walking out into the foyer and continuing to play several more songs, getting everyone dancing out there!
In summary, I would thoroughly recommend seeing them, they are for sure not at all mainstream, but fantastic musicians and a very different live experience. Certainly far exceeded my expectations :-)