The music of The Grand Slambovians has been described as “hillbilly-Floyd,” “folk-pop,” “alt-country, roots-rock,” and “surreal Americana” - a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness. The quartet taps a broad palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, featuring an exotic instrumental arsenal in addition to standard rock regalia, the music is uplifting, empowering, and a lot of fun.
The Grand Slambovians are Joziah Longo (lead vocals, guitars, and harmonica), Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, flute, and theremin), Sharkey McEwen (guitars, mandolin, and backing vocals), and Tony Zuzulo (percussives). Bandleader and songwriter Longo, (known for tall tales and philosophizing) has written two musicals with Broadway legend Theodore Mann, headlined at Carnegie Hall, and was the first American musician invited to perform in mainland China in the early ‘90s, ending a decade-long ban on Western music.
Longo, Lloyd, McEwen, and Zuzulo have toured nationally and abroad since forming Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams in Sleepy Holow, NY, in 1998. Known for electrifying live performances, and strong original music, they have a devoted and ever expanding fan base. In 2010 they brought their legendary Halloween show, “The Grand Slambovian Extraterrestrial Hillbilly~Pirate Ball” to London’s Electric Ballroom and NYC’s Gramercy Theater. Recently, they have performed at numerous festivals including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Celtic Connections(UK), Philadelphia Folk Festival, Xponential, High Sierra, Rhythm and Roots, Green River, Strawberry Festival, Bliss Festival, Roots on The River, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and Glastonbury Festival(UK).
Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have shed their skin and come out boldly as The Grand Slambovians, touring the United States, Canada, and the UK in support of their fourth studio album. The advent of The Grand Slambovians is both the band’s latest reincarnation and the title of their new soul-stirring CD. Manically melodic, the new songs knit into the band’s classics like an old paisley quilt wrapped around a very large family. The band runs its own record label and has previously released three critically acclaimed studio albums, “The Great Unravel” (2008), 2004’s double-disc “Flapjacks From the Sky,” and “A Good Thief Tips His Hat” (1998).
From the wild abandon of the roaring ‘20s swing bands to the sorrow filled blues of the depression era to the earnest voices of country singers, Jug-Tonk Stompers play songs to share emotional points of view that are surprisingly divergent and truly American. In their original music, Christian Glines, Ben Ridgeway, and Sam Moss pull from American roots music and the timeless experiences that music inherently captures - love, strife, life/death, good times/bad times - the real universal attributes of being human.
Tickets are $20 general and $18 for students and seniors. For ticket reservations and information call (802) 254-9276. The concert is at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill and is presented in conjunction with Next Stage Arts Project. JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar. For more information visit www.slambovia.com, www. jugtonkstompers.com, and www.twilightmusic.org.