Coming to Putney's Next Stage in November: The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

PUTNEY, VERMONT - Coming to Next Stage on Saturday, November 5, Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of acoustic/electric Americana music with The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. (aka The Grand Slambovians) The music has been described as everything from “hillbilly-Floyd,” to "roots-rock” to "surreal Amaracana" - a clear indicator of the band's singularly indescribable uniqueness.


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Hailing from Sleepy Hollow, New York, 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 band features Joziah Longo on lead vocals, guitars and harmonica, Tink Lloyd on accordion, cello, uke, theremin and melodica, Sharkey McEwen on guitars, mandolin and backing vocals and Eric Puente on percussion. The band leader and songwriter, Longo, also 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 90's, ending a decade-long ban on Western music.

Joziah, Tink, Sharkey and Eric have toured nationally and abroad since originally forming "Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams" in Sleepy Hollow in 1998. Known for electrifying live performances and strong original music, they have a devoted and ever expanding fan base and in 2010, they brought their legendary Halloween show, "The Grand Slambovian Extraterrestrial Hillbilly~Pirate Ball" to London's Electric Ballroom and New York City's Gramercy Theater.

More 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 the UK's Glastonbury Festival. The band has also released five, critically-acclaimed studio albums: 2014's A Box of Everything, 2012's The Grand Slambovians, 2008's The Great Unravel, 2004's double-disc Flapjacks from the Sky and 1998's A Good Thief Tips His Hat.

“Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana.” – MAVERICK, UK

“Songs imbued with mystical stirrings and idealism… they take the stage by storm!” – The New York Times.

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in Putney, Vermont. Tickets for this unique performance are $20 in advance, $24 at the door and available online at nextstagearts.org. Tickets are also available at Turn It Up in Brattleboro and The Putney Coop. For more information, call 802-387-0102 or visit www.nextstagearts.org.