Allegria was formed 20 years ago in Newport, following a meeting of musician friends at a party where it soon became evident that there was a common interest in musical genres such as Jazz Manouche with Django Reinhardt being it’s main exponent and latin and gypsy rhumba popularised mostly by the Gypsy Kings.
Early in 2000, a three-piece group started playing a few ‘low key’ gigs at a café in Cardiff.
Allegria’s repertoire quickly attracted interest in their rhythmic and dynamic style of music, appealing to listeners and dancers alike.
They eventually became a four-piece group by adding drums/percussion and progressing to playing larger jazz clubs, festivals and major UK venues.
The current line-up consists of:
Nic Pucacco – acoustic guitar, vocals: Nic started out as a drummer laying the foundation of his powerful swing and flamenco-driven guitar style.
Hywel Maggs – acoustic & electric guitar: Hywel has experience in various guitar styles, playing live gigs and studio sessions as well as composing music for TV.
Julian Smith – bass guitar: Julian, besides playing bass, is also an experienced guitarist, drummer and producer with several albums to his credit.
Noel Watson – drums/percussion: Noel’s drum and percussion talents cover many styles – mainly latin, but also jazz, pop etc. As well as playing live gigs, TV and theatre work, he is also a sought after drum tutor.