March 2015: 11 songs, 4 days, a disparate bunch of legendary musicians and artists come together in a tiny Neapolitan village. Nourished by the warmth, peace and pace of village life, and soaked in southern Italian sunshine, wine and melodies, Loco Ironico was born.
The brainchild of British singer-songwriter Joe Cang and Italian musician and composer Matteo Saggese, the album ‘Carpe Afternoon’ engineered by Jerry Boys features, amongst others, Phil Manzanera, Sarah-Jane Morris, Danny Cummings and Steve Sidwell.
Songs of heartache, shipwreck and weight loss that draw on New Orleans jazz, Cuban tango and calypso. As Joe says: ‘This is music for those with a taste for the ironic and laconic and for those who prefer whisky to tonic’
With special appearances from: Phil Manzanera, Sarah Jane Morris, Peppe Servillo, Steve Sidwell, Tony Remy and Ben Castle.
Matteo Saggese (Piano)
Born in southern Italy, Matteo is a musician and songwriter, who has also written, arranged and produced for Phil Manzanera, Celine Dion, Il Divo, Zucchero, Nina Hagen, Celentano and Alfie Boe.
Joe Cang (Vocals)
London born singer, writer and multi-instrumentalist Joe released his first solo album after being signed by Clive Davis to Arista records. He has toured, recorded and written with Ian Dury, Scritti Politti, Desmond Dekker, Hall and Oates, Marianne Faithfull and Aswad.