I’ve been asked if I can play a couple of “gypsy tunes” for a wedding. It was put to me as a request rather than a demand and I’d like to try and help out if I possibly can. However, its not a genre that I’ve explored on the harp or any instrument. Does anybody here know of something that may translate? I’m sure that “gypsy tunes” is a pretty wide classification as gypsies could come from, well anywhere I suppose.
Indeed. If you ever get the chance to see the film Lacho Drom do so. The film makers went all around the world filming Gypsies from all over making music. While there is definitely a common thread that goes though all the music, in general each group of Gypsies’ music had clear regional sounds. Indian, Arabic, Eastern European, etc…
I think when most people in the West talk about Gypsy music they are talking about some form of Eastern European music. The group Golden Bough does some stuff that could be classified as Gypsy sounding, and Margie Butler does some nice stuff with some of it on harp as part of the group. You may want to check out some of their recordings for ideas.
Thanks everybody for your replies so far. Its given me a start. The father of the bride is an accomplished violinist that likes this sort of thing, so I assumed we are looking at eastern european here. I’ve heard some of those fiddle guys and doubt that my technique is up to it but was hoping to find a couple of “standards” that I can misinterpret.
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