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A gypsy jazz gig in Bristol

Gypsy Jazz & Balkan Music in Bristol

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Bristol's Gypsy Jazz Scene

Who put the gypsy in gypsy jazz?

Gypsy jazz or gypsy swing originated in the Romani cultures of France (according to Wikipedia) and has huge popularity in Bristol. But while many fans in Bristol might partake in alternative living’ via vans, canal boats or semi-legitimate housing, are they uprooting gysy jazz from its roots? Romani is a culture and an ethnicity, not just a way of life - Bristol council reports that 95% of the traveller community actually live in permanent housing now. So it seems the nomadic, traveller, roots of this music that now enjoys huge popularity in Bristol, might be eroded from the inside too.

The gypsy jazz thing has really kicked off in Bristol. From live bands to Bristol DJs, people seem to be into it. For big multi-band gigs it's worth looking at whats on at the Old Fire Station (The Island) and the Attic. Occasional gypsy and klezmer nights also happen at The Croft so it's also worth considering the gig listings for the Croft.

There's a quality core of gypsy influenced bands in Bristol including the chaotic Fromage En Feu, Fuzia and festival-folk favourites Sheelanegig. Balkan beats nights in Bristol are typically found in the second or third rooms of some of Bristols bigger clubnights.

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The Attic Bar
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The Lanes
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The Canteen
The Big R Big Band
16 piece Big R Big Band - firm favourites with the Bristol swing dance crowd
Mr Wolfs
The Gin Bowlers
Purveyors of the finest, funnest swing
The Canteen
The Balkanoes
The Balkanoes fuse Eastern European and Jewish music with a joyous energy to guarantee a Balkan bash of mammoth proportions
Jam Jar
Smerins Anti-Social Club
20th anniversary celebration!
The Forge
Moscow Drug Club
A curious musical place where 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet
The Trinity Centre
Cut Capers + The Bristol Hornstars
Cut Capers are embarking on their biggest tour to date - performing a range of festival favourite tunes as well as a selection of brand new