I'm just a fan, a huge fan of Gypsy Swing music. I'm lucky to live in Madison, WI and that means a lot of Gypsy Swing every fourth weekend in August. It's a six years old tradition to have the Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival
, and I want to share it with you. You may be a fan like I am, or you are a gypsy guitar swinger experienced or a beginner. Any way you can plan and mark your calendar to join us next August.
Kevin & Robin Nolan, Alfonso Ponticelli, Sims Delaney-Potthoff, Toni Balog, Jason Anick
Festival started six years ago on the farm south of Madison, WI
at the "Art in the barn"
, when the local band Harmonious Wail
invited some friends to come, play together, and have fun. Since than the festival is growing every year. Unique setup on the farm allows the audience to interact with the bands, so all of us are like a big family. I was able to sit and talk with Alfonso, Gonzalo, Kevin, Toni, Sims, Chris, Robin ... add them into my facebook friends and keep the contact.
Here I am chating with Gonzalo Bergara and Kevin Nolan last year.
If you are a beginner on gypsy guitar you may join a workshop or any of numerous jams. It's a summer time and the weather is easy, fish are jumping ... and you can bring your guitar and a tent, and stay on the farm 3-4 days during the festival, enjoy the music, play around the campfire and gain new friends. For info about the next year festival contact Sims@wail.com
, or visit web pages http:/www.wail.com
Workshop with Alfonso Ponticelli
Official Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest photographer, Kerry Hill, has posted shots of the fest here - http://hottimesintheoldbarn.shutterfly.com/
I have a few hours of videos from 2008 and 2009 Festival on my youtube.com/tincupvideo
, or just check my blog http://warmstuff.blogspot.com/
Here I'll post a few videos just to show you the atmoshere at the festival. See you next year at the festival. Till than happy swinging
If I'm out of my mind, it's OK with me.
The Stuff I like - Gypsy Swing Samples