Gypsy Reel

 

‘CELTIC MUSIC IN OVERDRIVE’

Gypsy Reel play high energy stirring music rooted in the Celtic tradition but garnered from the whole world.  Their music is an exciting synthesis of world rhythms and influences from 3 continents.  Their new studio album, ‘Red Red Rose features music from the tradition and original material from the band.

Their tours of the States, Canada and the UK have gained them rave reviews - ‘Ended the set in a frenzy’, ‘Gypsy Reel rocks stage at Charleston Spoleto Festival’ ‘Fine sparky playing - bags of originality’.  Their next UK tour is scheduled for May 2008.

The line-up includes hot banjoist Claudine Langille, formerly of ‘Touchstone’, the sensational Irish/American fusion band that won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, Graham Parker – fiddler extraoirdinaire; Jon Scaife, described as a genius on guitar by Dave Burland, and Camille Parker who has captivated the hearts of audiences across the globe with her singing in Spanish and English.

 

Reviews

Fine sparky playing: bags of originality                   Andy Cheyne: Folk Roots

The hottest acoustic band around                    The Message, Chester, Vermont

A sound which is flawless and an atmosphere which is incredible
Even the most reserved audience would find them irresistible
They play each number as if it’s the final one                                Rock ‘n Reel

The frail frame of Camille Parker holds a remarkable rich and powerful voice.    
                                                                                                  Tyke’s News

Gypsy Reel have been perfecting their eclectic blend of Celtic and original music for over 20 years all over the world.  Don’t miss this chance to hear these great musicians in a rare acoustic setting.                     highergroundmusic.com

Irish Folk Music in Guatemala?

The Performance by Gypsy Reel at the Posada de Santiago in Guatemala on the seventh and eighth of February was to a packed house of enthusiastic audiences both nights. I am the expat proprietor of this hotel and restaurant in this post-colonial outpost--well, it is also paradise. One of the only things I miss about living in the Estados Unidos is live music- folk, blues and rock 'n' roll being my favorites. So the solution is to catch bands that are traveling through and put them to work with an offer they can't refuse of room, board and low pay. The Celtic songs, sailor's songs, American folk songs were all played with mastery, but the inclusion of a couple of songs like White Rabbit and White Bird were delightful surprises for a product of the sixties, which I and a great part of the audience are. And a more recent cover of an REM tune was one of those tunes that kept playing in my head for a couple of days. Claudine Langille's jolly banjo playing was energetic and her strong vocals stood out on her sailor's songs especially. Graham Parker's fiddle playing was superb. I commented than I thought he was already a very accomplished musician when I heard him last year, but he was even better now. To which he replied humbly, "It's the new violin." Camille Parker's mandolin playing was flawless. It is hard to believe that such a big voice comes out of such a petite person. They were joined by our friend and local musician, Marco Solo, on guitar and vocals. He was great. They brought out the best in each other.

We consider ourselves lucky to have had them play here and look forward to their return. It saves me the expense of flying to Dublin.

David Glanville, proprietor
Posada de Santiago, Hotel y Restaurant
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
(502) 7721-7366
(from USA & Can, first dial 011)
Fax 7721-7365
www.posadadesantiago.com

Select Appearances

Lunenberg Festival, Nova Scotia
Champlain Valley Festival, Vermont
Spoleto Festival, N. Carolina
Bracknell Festival, UK
The Mean Fiddler, Harlesdon UK
Fylde Festival, UK
Crewe & Nantwich Festival, UK
Wooden Boat Festival, Nova Scotia
New World Festival, Vermont