“"A charming genius! One of my all time favourite performers." ”
— Martin Stephenson- legendary UK songwriter
“This song and melody were born in Roberto's heart. It is a powerful song of love which we feel within his fine playing. A very moving performance and I love it." (Danny Thompson - double bass titan and music legend).
"A charming genius! One of my all time favourite performers." (Martin Stephenson - One of Britains best songwriters).
“An extraordinary talent! A fantastic sense of humour, a great, great player and a great performer”. (Frank Hennessy - BBC Wales).
“Double bassist and arch humorist Roberto Cassani, aside from being spectacularly funny on stage and a fine musician, here delivers a honest ode to life and love. Bravely personal and at times quite affecting” (Paul Kerr - Blabber n Smoke).
“If he wasn’t amongst us already, somebody would have to invent Roberto Cassani, he’s such a blast of fresh air in a tired, self-regarding world.” (John Davy - Music News).
“An album that lifts the spirits and makes the world seem a better place” (Bluesbunny Music Reviews about “Oh!...L’amore!”).
"Roberto is truly un-classifiable! Completely unique and we absolutely LOVE him! (Chris's gigs - promoter).
“A true emerging star with side-splitting humour and clever lyrics which will see him firmly in place as a national icon” (Alan Wilson - The Courier).
“Wry humour, life affirming lyrics – and all in a second language! Italian born musician and songwriter, Roberto Cassani’s humorous songs are pitch perfect in their razor-sharp observations of daily life” (BBC Radio Scotland's Comedy Cafe).
"Roberto is like the best street musician...Something of the clown, the seriousness covered over with humour..."
"The last wandering troubadour, enlivening all of our lives a little for a few songs".
"He's genuinely an enigma, I've never heard anyone else like him. I don't even know who or how to compare him. It's best just to give in. He'll get you in the end. Songs are about capturing the stories of the common people to retell down the ages. Well that's what we've got here. It's true to life, funny and says something different about Britain today!"
- Mark Coyle -
"Scotland's favourite Italian! Absolutely wonderful and delightfully entertaining. Cassani Rocks!!" (Rob Ellen - Medicine Music).
Roberto Cassani is a true original. Double bass player, storyteller and generally a “tonic” remedy for sadness. Eccentric, but lovely with it. Funny without trying, honest by nurture and mischievous by nature. The rarest of breed: a genuine individual, whose conscience and quirks have never let him follow trends, jump on bandwagons or doing what he was told. Above all the nice reviews, the one comment that Roberto remembers most came at a recent concert, where a person had taken a whole party of people along for the simple reason that he “couldn’t explain to them what Roberto was like, but he just wanted them to experience the joy he brings about”.
Roberto was born in Milano, Italia, and was signed to a record label very young, but more instinctively than consciously, he felt like running away, eventually settling in the U.K. whilst speaking no English. Having fallen in love with his soulmate Lara and learnt the few basic naughty words required, Roberto started performing again from the very bottom: singalong sessions in folk clubs led to pub gigs, which led to music venues, big festivals, theatres, private and then national radio and international dates in Europe, US and Canada. The years have passed and the wonderful experiences are too many to count, and frankly remember. Amongst these experiences, Roberto particularly cherishes his friendship and mentorship with double bass legend Danny Thompson, who has to be credited for convincing Roberto that his unique personality and playing are best “served” standing before an audience with his double bass and his off-the-wall stories, incorrigibly full of humour and zest for life. The love for music has become a lifelong apprenticeship for Roberto, a never ending quest for the “formally self-taught”, where the only quality control remains that music needs to come from the heart, please the soul and tickle the feet.
Whether you see him alone or with the nimble accompaniment of other musicians, such as genius guitarist and partner-in-crime Owen Nicholson, a Roberto gig is something you really need to come out for. Such a friendly and “human” affair, and a good laugh to boot. You will feel all the better for it.