Frank Zappa tribute act Pygmy Twylyte heading for MacArts

Frank Zappa tribute band, Pygmy Twylyte.
Frank Zappa tribute band, Pygmy Twylyte.

Frank Zappa tribute band Pygmy Twylyte head for MacArts, Galashiels, on Thursday, August 23. Joining them for this show will be special guest Ben Thomas, formerly of Frank’s son Dweezil’s international touring band, Zappa Plays Zappa.

So prolific was Frank Zappa’s output that it is nearly impossible to present a representative sample of his work in just one concert. Nevertheless, Pygmy Twylyte offers an unmissable evening of Zappa classics. Zappa’s 70s and 80s work is the main showcase, though there is the occasional foray into his late 60s material. Expect some well-known tunes such as “Cosmik Debris”, “Stinkfoot” and “Montana”, interspersed with instrumentals like “Black Napkins” and “Chungas Revenge”. The band will surely bring something to suit everyone’s tastes. Now officially licensed by the Zappa Family Trust, Pygmy Twylyte present an unmissable evening for local music fans.

Since their inception in 2006, Zappa Plays Zappa have performed numerous world tours, and featured various Zappa alumni, such as Steve Vai and Terry Bozzio. Ben toured with Zappa Plays Zappa between 2010 and 2015, as lead vocalist and trumpet/trombonist. Based in L.A., Ben is a regular performer at the Baked Potato Jazz club.

Opening the show will be local favourites South of Sanity. Doors are 7.30pm. Tickets (£10) are available in advance from macarts.scot, or on the door subject to availability. For more, see www.facebook.com/pygmytwylytezappatribute.