We are the Rubber Duck Orchestra!

The Rubber Duck Orchestra with its line up of 7 barmy, brassy, stomping, dancing musicians will make the floor bounce and walls sweat as they weave Balkan, Roma, Klezmer and Swing into an unabashed frenetic vibe! Resounding with admiration for Eastern European styles and vitality they will fill your ears with Balkan Stomp madness with their performances of original music, Roma favourites and the haunting echoes of Armenian and Macedonian Folk melodies. The name dates back to their birth on a Barge on a Mancunian Canal four years ago and since then they have entertained festival goers at WOMAD, Boomtown Fair Festival, The Invisible Circus and Hot Club de Swing and collaborated with Beatboxer Jason Singh for The Rubber Duck Beatbox Orchestra. 2016 is an exciting time for this explosive band as they launch a new EP, look forward to a busy festival tour and head to Scotland to headline the famous Balkanarama Club Extraordinaire.


Frenetic! Frolicsome! Fun times!

Gigs at WOMAD, Boomtown Fair Festival, Acoustic Festival of Britain, A Carefully Planned Festival #2, The Invisible Circus, Birmingham's Hot Club de Swing, Chorlton Arts Festival, Swing & Shout Manchester, Norvun Sundays, Hot Damn! @Liars Club, The Underworld Carnival, local events, pub gigs, parties and fundraisers have showcased our energy and theatrical excitement and not least our affinity with any crowd and any stage! So far, no show has been the same, and crowds fail to go home unstirred! So, it seems fitting to state: bring on the next lot and don't spare on your fancy dress, 'cos we won't!


Our percussionist Ben has been clever. He has written you a poem. Let it set the scene...
When Manchester streets are pouring
And drains and brains are yawning,
When the rain is window clawing,
At night caterwauling,
And your curtain drapes are drawing,
To escape the bitter morning,
Ahh, In the Rubber Ducks Float,
Chugging with a balkanic smoke,
Jigging to armenian folk,
Limbs go reeling,
Jugs go swilling,
The beats go jerking off your coat.

Line up

The Rubber Duck Orchestra is:

Hannah McCabe - Clarinet
Lis Murphy - Fiddle / Vocals
Eve Harrison - Trumpet
Sam Thursfield - Trombone
Stephen Lewyckyj - Accordion
Matt Gorrie - Bass
Ben Clarke - Percussion