The Grand Slambovians (aka Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams)
Gandalf Murphy & 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 Grand Slambovians” is both the band’s latest reincarnation and the title of their latest CD. 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
The band met at art school 1998, then settled together in Sleepy Hollow, New York. They have toured all over the Globe ad are known for their electrifying live performances and strong original music. There must be something in the water along the Hudson River which continues to inspire creative souls. Bandleader and songwriter Longo, (known for tall tales and philosophising) is currently finishing his second musical with Broadway legend Theodore Mann scheduled to open at the Circle in The Square Theater in New York City. Recently signed by the mighty Sony, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams are shedding their skin and come out boldly as The Grand Slambovians. Unleashing their hauntingly signature songs on the world once again. Manically melodic, the bold, new songs knit into the band’s classics like an old paisley quilt wrapped around a very large family.
Don’t miss this rare chance to witness a legendary live act in person.