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Around The World In 80 Songs: “Thanks To The Gypsy” By Ameranouche

Any experienced traveler knows you don’t always have to be in a foreign land to experience the magic of a foreign culture. In this post, we will explore the extraordinary musical creations of Ameranouche, a trio that features virtuoso guitarist Richard Sheppard, rhythm guitarist Ryan Flaherty and upright bassist Xar Adelberg.

This extraordinary US–based ensemble plays acoustic hot jazz and gypsy folk with both original compositions and unique arrangements by American and gypsy songwriters. What could be more interesting than that?

The thing with Ameranouche is that their music does not really fit into any pre-established category. Often defined as gypsy jazz, the musical creations of this trio may just as well be a genre on its own, an exciting combination of jazz, folk, classical music and gypsy song formats.

If you are into gypsy music, the kind that leads you into a variety of explosive emotions, you will love Ameranouche’s song “Thanks to the Gypsy” an incredible production that will transport you to a gypsy town in a matter of seconds.

One can argue that Ameranouche’s “Thanks to the Gypsy” is not only an exciting song that combines elements of gypsy music, but rather a tribute to gypsy culture everywhere. An example that proves our point that you don’t have to purchase a plane ticket to travel around the world: music can do that for you.

We do encourage you, however, to travel around Ameranouche’s profile on OurStage. Besides “Thanks to the Gypsy,” the trio has other exciting songs to share with the world. Bon Voyage!

Old Time Rock ‘N’ Roll

Nashville's Buffalo Clover

Nashville's Buffalo Clover

Roots music isn’t synonymous with the stripped down sounds of Pete Seeger or Woody Guthrie though those two are widely credited as the fathers of American roots music. In fact, the genre’s massive legacy includes bluegrass, jazz, gospel, country, even vaudeville. Hailing from Nashville, Buffalo Clover takes this wide-angle view of roots, fearlessly stitching together blues, rock, country, folk and gypsy music into an eclectic, theatrical tapestry.

“Midnight Circus,” inspired by a historical band of circus thieves from the Dustbowl era, is a vaudevillian romp that takes off at a mad gallop of drums and bass, spurred on by surging horns and a wheezing accordion. Singer Margo Price plays the ringleader, summoning her audience with “Another night, another show, another penny for the gambler.”  “15 Reasons” shows Price can be a comely country singer, too. Aided by a steel guitar, her voice has the right amount of smoke and lilt to effectively deliver lines like, “I know you’ll be coming back to me when you get tired of being gone.” And in “20 Tons of Blues,” a stomping beat, keening guitar and tremulous organ make for a tightly-wound blues rocker with a killer sing-a-long chorus.

Ladies and gentleman, if you’re looking for a new spin on old time music, step right up and enjoy the show.


Ameranouche Plays Newport Jazz
Shep, Xar, Alyssa (OurStage) & Ryan

Shep, Xar, Alyssa (OurStage) & Ryan

Ameranouche has been a longtime favorite in the family. Their unique Gypsy Jazz sound, undeniable talent and cool, mellow stage presence makes them a crowd favorite at any live show. This north east base trio came onto the grounds of Newport Jazz both excited and incredibly grateful for the opportunity to showcase their talents at this legendary festival. Their set included a myriad of tunes that, for me at least, made me feel like riding a moped down the cobblestone streets of some romantic town in northern Italy. It was fresh, interesting and light in a way that blended perfectly with the vibe on that warm summer morning.

Ameranouche: Shep, Xar, Ryan

Ameranouche: Shep, Xar & Ryan

Xar’s eyes closed as her fingers danced almost effortlessly across the strings of her upright bass while Ryan executed his energetic and complex accompaniment with technical perfection and Shep’s incredible finger work showcased an undeniable command over his instrument. These three musicians came together and performed with such a unique harmony that what they created on stage seemed better defined as art than mere music. Which could be why they were met with incredible love from the crowd and a standing ovation as they walked off the stage.

Ameranouche performs @ Waterside Stage @ Newport Jazz 2008

Ameranouche performs @ Newport Jazz 2008

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