(aka GANDALF MURPHY & THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS)
“. . .simply one of the finest American bands” – All Music Guide
“Saturday was a blast! You guys really made the Gramercy shine and ooze with your own personality.” – Harvey Leeds, Live Nation NYC
“They may term it ‘Hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ and sure, they have an air of both Floyd and maybe Bowie at times, atop their folkcountry roots (note, not fauxcountry) but it’s done with a warmth and comfort of a mystical Nebraska or poetic Crazy Horse.” – Sleazegrinder
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. The band can’t wait to return to the U.K., where they spread their contagious brand of quirky Americana from Glasgow to Penzance every couple of years. “These are great songs, captured in a chaotic, unstoppable and barely describable landslide of an album.” Acoustic Magazine
Joziah Longo, (lead singer/songwriter for the band) describes the new collection of songs as – “A more extreme dose of what we’ve always been – a country prison music meets British invasion type of thing”. For the uninitiated, the band’s all over the map melodic avant folk conjures Tom Petty, Dinosour Jr., and a fuller Buffalo Tom, possessing an exotic instrumental arsenal in addition to standard rock regalia. Equal parts Washington Irving and Woodstock, the band taps a broad palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. Playing art school roots rock, sometimes folk and quirky Americana, they possess an exotic instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello, mandolin, theremin) in addition to standard rock regalia. “The entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo’s voice.”- The Big Issue, Scotland, U.K.
Together since the late 90’s where they met in art school, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams are shedding their skin and come out boldly as ‘The Slambovian Circus of Dreams’ in 2016 touring the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. in support of their latest creative effort. Unleashing their hauntingly signature songs on the world once again, the new album is getting rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Manically melodic, the bold, new songs knit into the band’s classics like an old paisley quilt wrapped around a very large family. The ultimate DIY’ers, the band runs its own label and has previously released 3 critically acclaimed studio albums – ‘The Great Unravel’ (2008), 2004’s double-disc ‘Flapjacks from the Sky’, ‘A Good Thief Tips His Hat’ (1998). The band has toured nationally and abroad since forming in 1998. Known for electrifying live performances and great original music, they have a devoted and growing international fan base.
Other projects include bandleader and songwriter Longo, (known for tall tales and philosophizing) debuting his third musical with Broadway legend Theodore Mann at the Circle in The Square Theater in New York City.
Festivals Appearances as Headline Performer)
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Mariposa, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Celtic Connections(UK), Philadelphia Folk Festival, Xponential, High Sierra, Rhythm and Roots, Green River, Strawberry Festival(CA), Bliss Festival, Roots on The River, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Glastonbury Festival (UK), Rhythm Festival (UK) and many more…
Joziah Longo – Guitar, Harmonica and Vocals, Lead Singer / Songwriter
Sharkey McEwen – Guitar, mandolin, background vocals
Eric Puente – Drums, Percussion
Tink Lloyd – Cello, Accordion, Ukelele, BG Vocals, Flute/piccolo
These are the dates we have already for their next UK tour (will be updated regularly), and what’s currently free:
Fri 17- London, The Borderline
Sat 18- Margate Rock & Blues, Main Hall, Margate Winter Gardens, Kent
Sun 19- Milton Keynes, The Stables, Wavendon,
Sun 26- Linton Festival, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire