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Maurice Ferret and Joseph Pouville: Dark Eyes

Maurice Ferret was one of the more active Gypsy players of the second generation after Django. He, and his accompanist Joseph Pouville played small cafes in Paris for decades. Their repertoire consisted of musette waltzes, jazz standards, pop tunes, Gypsy music, and, of course, Django compositions. First and foremost, they where entertainers who knew how catch the attention of otherwise disinterested tourists. Take note of the “tip” horn blown at the end of each song and the clothes line they used to collect their tips.

In this rendition of the classic Gypsy standard Dark Eyes, Maruice and Joseph wow the audience with the old Gypsy “four hands” technique. Joseph and Maurice play on one guitar by using the bottom strings for rhythm and the top strings for lead. What better way to keep the tip jar full?

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