Gypsy Rox includes the influences of being associated with:
Crannog, Featherstone, Cantiga, Jim Hancock, Owl Morrison, Generica Consort,
Wino Vino, The Gypsy Guerilla Band and multiple performing dance groups.
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at Sherwood Forest 2013
Playing for TRF Christmas Royal Revels 2013
Appreciation Concert 2013
with Jim Hancock
Pictures Sound Samples A Brief History list of traditional tunes covered
Gypsy Rox springs from its roots as a street duo of urchins into its present
power trio format. Fiddler Michelle Alany joins the adventurous guitar playing of
Ky Hote to present a feast of instrumentals and songs. Rounding out the family of
Roxlovia refugees is the magnificent Rio Blue on percussion.
Alany's travels took her through Israel and her specialty is Middle Eastern tunes.
Blue honed his percussion repertoire at the feet of a Chilean master. Together with
Hote's enigmatic out of the box guitar playing, Gypsy Rox takes on a
truly international flavor. Their musical wanderings walk the tightrope between cultures,
meters and tonal landscapes. Their all original arrangements are sometimes
made up on the spot and no two shows are alike. The diversity of their talents make them
special guests at feasts, ceremonies and celebrations in every realm they visit.
Living Room RoxThe first Gypsy Rox album is Live and due out November 1st, 2014
Spruce up a Holiday party with the exciting seasonal sound of the Gypsy Rox duo! Whatever holiday you are bringing friends, co-workers or family together to celebrate, the fine musicianship of Ky Hote (guitar, vocals) and Michelle Alany (violin, vocals) can add international cheer to any occassion. Depending on your choices, Gypsy Rox brings you holiday music featuring the threes "S"s:
|Traditional tunes covered:
A Brief History of Gypsy Rox
Gypsy Rox began in the lanes of the 2007 Tennessee Renaissance Festival when Lauren Morris and I discovered were having a great time playing Gypsy and Celtic tunes and making them our own with fun improvisation. As you know, it's all fun and games until someone takes a picture!
Never one to waste a good promo shot, we found a name for what we did and looked for gigs.
Our first real gig was in 2009 at the Normam Medieval Festival in Oklahoma.
This was dangerous music - why should the jugglers have all the fun? Since and I couldn't be in the state as often as we'd like, Gypsy Rox became a vehicle for my out-of-the-box guitar playing to be complemented with adventurous fiddle playing.
I am lucky to have had many great fiddling friends who sent me on this road: Jacques Girouard, Owl Morrison, Michi Regier and Vicki Scuteri to name a few.
Although this was born at a Ren Faire, Gypsy Rox is appropriate for Singer/Songwriter venues as well as Celtic Festivals, Christmas shows and well... whatever we are invited to play at! The first Gypsy Rox event for Karen Lee Larson was my 50th birthday party at Banjo Jim's in NYC.
In 2010, Michi joined at the Bristol Renaissance Festival, but it really started rolling in 2012 when Lauren came to Texas to play with me at the Texas Renaissance Festival, bringing her dancing skills into the act. 2013 was a transitional year. Rio joined us on percussion and I got to play with 3 different fiddlers at TRF and 1 hammered dulcimer player as well. Joe Jewell (my bandleader in Featherstone) was the dulcimer player and the fiddlers included Lauren, Karen Lee and Michelle Alany, who settled in as the main fiddler of the group.
Thanks to photographers/videographers:
Anne Wright, Ricky Dodson, Katie Farmer,
trafor01, Thomas Gerstner, many others unknown (email me and I'll credit you!)
At the Elgin Owl
Sherwood Forest 2014
Karen Lee, Rio, Ky TRF 2013