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The Slambovian Circus of Dreams emerge from the misty hills of Sleepy Hollow, New York State. Playing an utterly unique blend of rock and roll, folk, and quirky Americana, they 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 a dash of Zappa.
The Circus’ live shows are where the real magic comes down, earning them critical acclaim as well as a fiercely loyal following. On stage they create an enchanting atmosphere, using traditional folk instruments, electric guitars, the occasional theremin and the distinctive singing and songwriting of Joziah Longo.
Citing influences as diverse as Hank Williams, Dylan, Bowie, Incredible String Band and early Pink Floyd, the band’s music is a mental roller coaster of whimsical and thought-provoking songs. The band comprise of Joziah Longo (vocals/guitar/harmonica) Sharkey McEwen (guitar/mandolin) Tink Lloyd (accordion/cello) and Felipe Torres (drums/percussion).
A rootsy psychedelica that ‘Maverick Magazine’ called “Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana” their melodic avant-folk conjures with an exotic instrumental arsenal and a palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. The Slambovian’s charm from the first note with thought provoking lyrics – creating intrigue and attraction for their audiences.
Formed in Sleepy Hollow New York over a decade ago they have pioneered the alt-folk circuit staying on the fringes of the music industry. Winning support from indie radio and press since their inception aided by fans that fuelled their career from the ground up to bring them international status. Having headlined major music festivals and venues across the USA, Canada and the UK this band now has a loyal and devoted following.
Thurs 16. The Jam House 3-5 St Pauls Square, Birmingham, W. Mids B31QU
Tel: 0121 200 3030 Tickets £5.00 — On Stage @ 10:15 p.m.
Fri 17. The Borderline Orange Yard, Off Manette St, Soho, London W1D 4JB
Tel: 0844 847 2465 Tickets £19.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.
Sat 18. Margate Rock & Blues 2016 Margate Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent CT9 1HX
Tel: 01843 292795 Tickets Standard £27.50 — Doors 3:30 p.m. (On Stage 6:35 p.m.)
Sun 19. The Stables Theatre, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Bucks MK17 8LU
Tel: 01908 280800 Tickets £17.50 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Tues 21. The Waterfront Studio 139-141 King Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 1QH
Tel: 01603 508040 Tickets £15.40 Doors: 7:30 p.m.
Wed 22. Pocklington Arts Centre Market Place, Pocklington, York, N. Yorks YO42 2AR
Tel: 01759 301547 Tickets £14.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Thurs 23. The Thunderbolt, 124 Bath Rd, Bristol BS4 3ED
Tel: 0117 373 8947 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sat 25. Hertford Corn Exchange 39 Fore St, Hertford, Hertfordshire SG14 1AL
Tel: 01992 584 322 Tickets £16.50 — From 7:30 p.m.
Sun 26. Linton Music Festival @ The Alma Inn Off Fording Lane, Linton, Near Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7RY
Tel: 01989 720355 Tickets for Sun £26.00 — Doors 6:00 p.m.
The music of the band has been variously described as “hillbilly-Floyd,” “folk-pop,” “alt-country, roots-rock,” and “surreal Americana;” a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness. Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, the music is uplifting, empowering, and a lot of fun.
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