Gypsy Swing Band Coming to Southeast Aug. 4


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., July 11, 2005 — Acoustic mandolin, gypsy guitar, string bass, vocals and percussion, including cabasa, shakers, brushes on a vodka box — all the components of ‘Gypsy Swing,’– will delight audiences with a concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 in the University Center Ballroom at Southeast Missouri State University.

Harmonious Wail draws from the rich influence of the European gypsy musicians, most notably Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, who, from the 1930s on created and developed what came to be known as Gypsy Swing.  What sets the Wail apart from other wonderful talent in this growing genre is the vocal excellence of Maggie Delaney-Potthoff.  The intoxicating arrangements and the shear joy the Wail brings to every performance is downright addictive.

“In the United States the most avid and talented champions of this style have to be Madison, Wisconsin’s Harmonious Wail, whose latest CD appropriately titled Gypsy Swing, provides a soulful overview of the genre,” according to an article in the April/May 2004 issue of Dirty Linen.

Specializing in the style of Django Reinhardt, The Wail is made of mandolin, guitar, bass, and killer female vocals with snare percussion.  The Wail consistently receives an excellent response from audience members, and reengagements from presenters.  The band has toured throughout the United States and Europe over the past 17 years and, in October 2004, it traveled to Taiwan for a two-week tour.

Southeast’s Department of Theatre and Dance, the Arts Council and Underberg House Concerts are proud to bring Harmonious Wail to Southeast Missouri. All are invited to this exciting concert. For tickets or additional information, please call the Arts Council at (573) 334-9233 or visit