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The Water Gypsies - New Gypsy Jazz on the Regent's Canal on Saturday 20th October 2018
The Water Gypsies are an exciting and unique gypsy jazz band, living and travelling aboard traditional narrow boats on the Kennet and Avon Canal. This year the band have successfully performed at Upton Jazz Festival, Birmingham Jazz Festival, The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, Bath Folk Festival and live on BBC Radio.
Born out of a chance meeting at a gypsy jazz jam in Bradford on Avon, The Water Gypsies play the music of Django Reinhardt but with their own, high energy, English folk, modern jazz and Latin jazz influences. Their combined talents are formidable, all having performed in the UK and across Europe.
Clive Radford on lead guitar and rhythm guitarist Nipper Lewis both play unusual National guitars. These vintage instruments are, like their boats, made from wood and steel. The powerful driving sound of the guitars perfectly supports the soaring violin of Gina Griffin and the growling vintage vocals of Nipper Lewis. Solid upright bass playing from Ian Turner completes the sound. The band will perform unamplified and acoustic reimagining the days before microphones ruled the world.
Music Genres: Jazz, Latin, Swing
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