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Gypsy Swing with a twist

ROMACALEO

Close your eyes and you might think you are in a 1930's Parisian bar...  a barmitzva... or a ceilidh? Musical acrobatics, at once relaxing, toe tapping and infectious.

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HABANERA

Romacaleo performs Habanera with Shuna Scott Sendall

Our newest video. Probably the first and only time Roma musicians have collaborated with classical opera, this is a unique performance the Habanera from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet; playing it with the inimmitable Roma authenticity that Bizet had surely dreamed of.

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MAHZEL

by Benny Goodman

This is a Benny Goodman Yiddish classic meaning Good Luck! We performed this with guest musicians, and winners of Scottish Young Jazz Musicians of the Year award, Joe Williamson (Guitar) and David Bowden (Bass)

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SIR DUKE FEATURING JESSICA DAVEY

by Stevie Wodner

This is a Stevie Wonder classic which we have gypsy jazzified with the guidance of our Roma lead guitarist Ricardo Wysniewski. It features the wonderful Jessica Davey from Illinois, USA. Vocals: Jessica Davey Clarinet : Martin Violin: Roo Geddes Guitar: Ricardo Wysniewski Guest Guitar: Joe Williamson Guest Bassist: David Bowden

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MENILMONTANT WITH ALISON AFLECK

@Tchai-Ovna Glasgow

Here's a new video, filmed earlie this year with the fantatic singer Allison Affleck

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ROMACALEO LIVE @ JAZZ DOCK, PRAGUE

Lucy Farr's Barn Dance and Anne Lacey's Reel live

Check out our new video  of us playing live in Czech Republic's top music venue, Jazz dock. We are really excited about this new innovation in gypsy jazz and Scottish trad, and hope you love it too. Featuring: Dariusz Szoma, Krystian Grynicz , Roo Geddes, Martin Fell, and Conor Murray.

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ROMACALEO LIVE @ JAZZ DOCK, PRAGUE

Ein Nacht in Gan Eden

A wonderful synergy of lively Jewish Klezmer, and gypsy swing.

ROMACALEO AND FRIENDS

Show Reel

Romacaleo featuring members and our wonderful new guest singers Georgia Cecile and Jessica Davey singing some great original arrangements of some well known tunes.

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ROMACALEO LIVE @ JAZZ DOCK, PRAGUE

Softly as the morning sunrise

Recorded live at the Jazz Dock in Prague, this well known jazz standard showcases the outstanding virtuosic playing of guitarist  Dariusz Szoma

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NUAGES

Performed at the Edinburgh Jazz Bar

Recorded with the current line up of Romacaleo in March 2019

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FOR SEPHORA

Performed at the Edinburgh Jazz Bar

Our current lineup, playing March 2019

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Romacaleo Band
Romacaleo Band

Krystian and Darek
Krystian and Darek

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ABOUT

Deep roots in swing

Romacaleo approaches the soulful Gypsy Jazz of Reinhardt with a fresh, innovative yet historically rooted twist. Until the 2nd World War the Gypsies and Jews of Europe would frequently collaborate musically, their styles indelibly rubbing off on each other. Romacaleo has reignited this relationship through the incorporation of infectiously capricious Klezmer and the swing of Benny Goodman. In addition Romacaleo has recently smoothly incorporated Scottish folk into our repertoire, an innovation that makes the band a truly unique as an outfit - a testament to Glasgow's open multi-culturalism.    Having now won the hearts of audiences across Scotland and Europe, we are keen to bring our music to a stage near you.

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BAND MEMBERS

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ROO GEDDES

Violin

All the way from Billy Conolly's Partick in Glasgow Roo is one of the rising stars in almost all the scenes - classical, trad and jazz. He plays with the soul of an old wisened old man with the youthful athaleticism of a teenager... funny that.

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MARTIN FELL

Clarinet and Saxophone

Active in the Scottish jazz scene for the past few years Martin  has been delving into the music of his East European Jewish forefathers. He also loves fine leaf tea and single malt.

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RICARDO WYSNIEWSKI

Lead Guitarist

A proud Polish Roma musician, Ricardo is the grandson of celebrated Hungarian gypsy violinst Kirylo Sywak. Ricardo honed his virtuosic style in the caravans of Europe, hanging out with the greats. He also is a doting father of 5!

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ARTUR WYSNIEWSKI

Accordion and Guitar

The astoundingly acrobatic playing of Polish Roma musician, Artek, draws you irresistibly in to another time, another place, almost another world. He has a smile that could melt anyone's heart...

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LAURIE MOORE

Double Bass

All the way from Glasgow's Clydebank, Laurie is a jazz bass maverick, with more skills under his fingers than years to his age. Busy with all sorts of projects, he's never happier than when he has his bass in his hand and his pint by his side!

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