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Romacaleo - Gypsy Jazz Ensemble www.romacaleo.com


Deep roots in swing ……

Romacaleo approaches the soulful Gypsy Jazz of Reinhardt with a fresh, innovative yet historically rooted twist. Until the 2nd World War the Gypsies and Jews of Europe would frequently collaborate musically, their styles indelibly rubbing off on each other. Romacaleo has re-ignited this relationship through the incorporation of infectiously capricious Klezmer and the swing of Benny Goodman. In addition Romacaleo has recently smoothly incorporated Scottish folk into our repertoire, an innovation that makes the band a truly unique as an outfit - a testament to Glasgow's open multi-culturalism.    Having now won the hearts of audiences across Scotland and Europe, we are keen to bring our music to a stage near you.


ROO GEDDES - Violin

All the way from Billy Conolly's Partick in Glasgow Roo is one of the rising stars in almost all the scenes - classical, trad and jazz. He plays with the soul of an old wisened old man with the youthful athaleticism of a teenager... funny that.


MARTIN FELL - Clarinet and Saxophone

Active in the Scottish jazz scene for the past few years Martin  has been delving into the music of his East European Jewish forefathers. He also loves fine leaf tea and single malt.


RICARDO WYSNIEWSKI - Lead Guitarist

A proud Polish Roma musician, Ricardo is the grandson of celebrated Hungarian gypsy violinst Kirylo Sywak. Ricardo honed his virtuosic style in the caravans of Europe, hanging out with the greats. He also is a doting father of 5!


ARTUR WYSNIEWSKI - Accordion and Guitar

The astoundingly acrobatic playing of Polish Roma musician, Artur, draws you irresistibly in to another time, another place, almost another world. He has a smile that could melt anyone's heart…


LAURIE MOORE - Double Bass

All the way from Glasgow's Clydebank, Laurie is a jazz bass maverick, with more skills under his fingers than years to his age. Busy with all sorts of projects, he's never happier than when he has his bass in his hand and his pint by his side!