The Wandering Bards perform a unique blend of Americana-Gypsy Funk. Giving off a neo-Vaudevillian vibe, they’ll make you laugh, sing and do any old crazy thing with their heady mix of Blue-eyed Blues, dark Gypsy grooves and foot-stompin’ party tunes!
From New York City down to the Jersey Shore, The Wandering Bards have graced many-a venue stage (Crossroads, The Saint, Banjo Jim’s), Festivals such as The Black Potatoe and Union County Music Fest.
They have also performed at private parties, cocktail hours and even libraries! The Wandering Bards video of “ImaBeTheOne” (in partnership with HIP Video) has been featured on the likes of H20 Television and Moviesonline.im.
They have also been featured on the Internet radio channel HomeGrownRadioNJ.com. They won 1st Place in the Acoustic Category on OurStage.com and thus appeared in Relix magazine.
The Wandering Bards exhibit their uncanny abilities on an eclectic voyage through multiple genres of music. Not often will you hear flamenco, gypsy jazz, delta-style blues, classic folk and modern Americana all wrapped into one – particularly by the same artist. Mind you, they throw in other tawdry bits of their own musical flair along the way, and always manage to captivate their audiences with a tactical array of fretboards, strings, reeds and skins along with some ridiculously catchy vocal harmonies and impromto’s.
This acoustical, independent masterpiece is an outright and unashamed attempt to redefine rock’s sub-genres. And it succeeds rather convincingly. The band display both instrumental virtuosity and percussive genius with surprising ease, as they run through a set of showstopping, foot stomping tunes on their Ep, “Party Hat”.
I must say, it is often difficult to sift through the piles of mediocre, rehashed slosh that gets released these days but once in a while you find a gem that makes it all worth it. Just place this recording in your stereo, turn up the volume and you are transported to another dimension! The Wandering Bard’s music lifts the spirit and gets it soaring. The soulful vocals serve only to heighten this feeling of euphoria that pervades the senses as you bounce from track to track.
From “Hazy Place,” “I Believe In Elvis” and “Party Hat” to “Wild Rovin Rose, “ you’ll feel like you’re on a carnival carousel on a Saturday night. This is tongue-in-cheek, Nic Cave meets Goran Bregovic meets The Pogues without the electrics. These musical minstrels make tunes, you can laugh, sing and dance to, with a hefty dose of heart n’ soul thrown in for good measure.
Behold and enjoy!
Kenny Allen: Vocals, harmonica, jaw harp, accordion and melodica
Ron Baumann: Upright Bass and background vocals
Mike Cardone: Cajon, tambourine, maracas, guiro and cymbals
Ray Fyhr: Violin
Colin McKay: Vocals, acoustic guitar and djembe
Music video links: http://www.youtube.com/user/Wanderingbards?feature=mhee
Music video directors: Jessica Varga
Production: Colin McKay
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