Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams

Those of you who follow us on Twitter will probably have noticed that we are big fans of Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, an American band we first saw live at the Rhythm Festival in 2008 on their first UK outing. To say they blew the audience away is no overstatement and so there was no way we were going to miss their second ever appearance in Scotland last weekend which was a mere 50 minute drive away.

From their website:

"Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been called 'the hillbilly Pink Floyd', which is an apt description, particularly if you throw in elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, and maybe even some Frank Zappa as well."

They did not disappoint their Scottish audience, both on and off stage (what lovely people they are!), and went down a storm at Backstage at the Green Hotel in Kinross. Being avid percussion fans, we now have a new superhero in the shape of Tony Zuzulo who is incredibly modest about his talents as a drummer. Joziah Longo (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Sharkey McEwen (lead guitar, backing vocals, mandolin and ultra cool shoes!) and Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, flute, piccolo, theremin and backing vocals) completed Sunday's talented line up.

Here they are in action at the Rhythm Festival 2008. We were in that audience as the rain came down, but it didn't dampen anyone's enthusiasm for this previously unknown (in the UK) band who were, for many, the highlight of the weekend. So much so that they were invited to open and close the same festival the following year and have barnstormed their way through Britain ever since.

Do go and see them if you get the opportunity.