Doris Day meets Django Reinhardt in the sweet swinging outfit Sancha and the Blue Gypsies.
With a refreshing take on traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz and gospel tunes and a lifetime of performance experience between them, this joyous collaboration of some of Sydney's most respected musicians are headed your way.
The lineup features:
Sancha Prowse (vocals, mandolin)
Marcus Holden (violin, mandolin, guitar, vocals)
Garry Steel (accordion)
Stan Valances (double bass, guitar)
From Leonard Cohen to Alison Krauss with a hint of Chick Corea, you'll be enthralled by this swinging quartet!
Internationally acclaimed 10 string guitarist and multi-instrumentalist sensation, Matthew Fagan is one of Australia’s most engaging, versatile, fluent and imaginative musicians.
At Humph Hall he will be presenting his renowned Lord of the Strings show which has wowed fans all over the globe in over 120 countries. From standing ovations and sold out shows at the 2017 Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe festivals, as well as touring with the original Buena Vista Social Club, Billy Connolly, Michael Crawford, Shirley Bassey and Natalie Cole.
From Bach to the Beatles, Flamenco to Blues, Electric to Classical Guitar, Celtic Harp Music on unique 10 String Guitar, 'Lord of the Strings' is the ultimate music journey packed with humour.
Show highlights include the impressive 10-string Guitar Celtic Guitar arrangements Matthew composed for touring with Billy Connolly and banjo highlights from the album 'Song for Billy' which features the Liberty banjo Billy Connolly gave to Matthew after their 53 night tour together.
Sancha & the Blue Gypsies
"What can I say about these guys other than mind blowingly good. Marcus Holden , Darryl Neve and Garry Steel are a bunch of supremely talented musicians fronted by Sancha Prowse whose superb vocals (her timing and phrasing is absolutely spot on in extremely difficult pieces) sit very well on these old ears." - Tim Fleming: Gasoline Pony Gig
"Sancha and the Blue Gypsies bring the best of the gypsy music world, unforgettable toe-tapping tunes, with the best of the folk world, sing-a-long, heart-felt classics, together in one incredible show. The quality of their musician-ship and their intimate relationship with the audience makes this show something you won't forget. I will be booking this act again!!!" - Chris Cannell (Lounge Sessions Katoomba, Blue Mountains)
"The Blue Gypsies are a class act. Marcus, Garry & Stan had already played at our venue so we knew they would be outstanding. Sancha was unknown to us but she not only sang brilliantly but also helped make even the song transitions entertaining." - Steve (The Manly Fig)
“Matthew is the best guest artist I have ever toured with“ - Billy Connolly
“Matthew has a Latin Soul and we love his playing so much that we want to take him back home to Cuba”. - Ibrahim Ferrer (The Original Buena Vista Social Club)
“The expressions eclectic and brilliant are bandied about a lot in music these days but few players have the diverse musical skills, influences and broad vision [as] musician Matthew Fagan. He has stunning skills on the classical nylon string guitar but more unusually is equally at home on steel strings, resonators and even 12 string and banjo.” - Nick Charles (Rhythms Magazine)
“There’s no doubting Fagan’s ability – he’s a virtuoso on strings.” - Michael Coghlan (The Clothesline Magazine) “The pony-tailed genius behind the guitar does things you can barely believe. Matthew Fagan really is the Lord of the Strings ... Fagan takes you on a journey with his multitude of guitars ... and absolute mastery of his craft.” - (Adam Langenberg, The Advertiser)