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Frenchy and the Punk (formerly The Gypsy Nomads)
Crafted From: New Paltz, New York
Vox Acct.: 226001
Link ID: 25551
Website Profile: About New York's Frenchy and the Punk:
Imagine Django Reinhardt, the White Stripes, Johnny Ramone, Siouxsie Sioux and Edith Piaf jamming together at an event hosted by Deepak Chopra and Toulouse Lautrec. This is what it might sound like. A sultry French-born singer, percussionist and a fiery punk rock guitarist from the golden days of the hardcore scene formed Frenchy and the Punk in 2005. The unlikely pairing has since released 6 full-length CDs, produced a live concert DVD and have performed at magickal events all across the U.S. and in Europe. In May 2012, Yahoo Music called them one of the top 25 duos in the US. Their show is a carnival of two that will take you from Paris to CBGBs and back again. A rollicking flapper folkpunk cabaret with cleverly crafted songs, Taiko meets Rio de Janeiro pounding drum instrumentals, Steampunk flavor and true DIY spirit.
Frenchy, Samantha Stephenson, whose roller coaster journey went from artist to MBA graduate to full time performing artist, paints pictures of lust, love, intrigue and unbridled joy. Whether singing in French or English, her invitation to surrender yourself in the present moment is irresistible. As Frenchy and the Punk's lyricist she draws inspiration from art, dance and travel. She has lived in France, England, Brazil and the US and spent time in West Africa. She studied art at The National Academy of Design and Art Students League in New York City. She began her dance training at the Royal School of Dance in England and performed in dance troupes in Boston and New York and studied piano and voice throughout her teens.
Scott Helland is the Punk, whose serpentine guitar lines and creative guitar looping technique perfectly complement the playfulness and spirit of Frenchy's lyrics. Helland was co-founder and bassist of the legendary Massachusetts hardcore punk band Deep Wound, whose members included future Dinosaur Jr. members J Mascis and Lou Barlow. Deeply entrenched in that 80s hardcore scene, Scott's follow up band, Outpatients, shared the stage with some of the biggest bands of that underground movement like Black Flag, Husker Du, GBH, Agnostic Front and CroMags. The scene is now documented in two films, in which both bands are a part, American Hardcore and All Ages. After 13 years of touring in the US, Argentina and Canada, the band split up and Scott heeded the call for musical experimentation and switched to acoustic guitar and began his journey into folk, medieval, ambient, soundscape and gypsy styles. From 1996 to 2005 he put out 7 solo CDs. In a complete about face, in 2002 his Earthbound CD was in the New Age charts and in 2004 his music was licensed to the Opera Winfrey show.
Fast forward a few years and the music that Helland and Stephenson started writing together in 2005 was to take on a more cabaret bent and bring back the intensity of those early days. In their eight year collaboration as band mates they have poured their vast collective musical and life experiences to create a theatrical and compelling sound and style. They are now one of the top featured and sought after acts worldwide of the burgeoning cabaret and steampunk movements.
The duo's music, magnetic stage presence, charm and exhilarating performances have attracted a consistently growing and loyal fan base around the world. The new CD Elephant Uproar released in March 2013 highlights the duo's rabid drumming instrumentals. Be sure to check out their earlier releases, the frenzied fun of the Hey Hey Cabaret CD (2012) , and their break through 2010 CD release, Happy Madness.
Attracting Celtic, Cabaret, Steampunk, Folk and Gothic music lovers alike, their CD recordings, most recently Elephant Uproar (2013) , Hey Hey Cabaret (2012) Happy Madness (2010) , At The Carnival Eclectique (2008) , Eternal Summer (2008) , Thread & Stone (2007) plus their new Live DVD, Live at Bube's Brewery (2011) reflect the diversity of their fan base. Lifelong devotees of all things mystical, earthy and magickal, and honoring the balance of dark and light they both follow an eclectic path. Fiercely independent, they epitomize the spirit of creativity and the commitment to individuality.
Witches & Pagans Magazine 2010 "...an energetic hybrid of European folk roots, Punk attitude, World Beat Eclecticism, and traveling-player theatricality" (Phil Brucato)
Faerie Mag 2008 "I no sooner played the first track of Eternal Summer before I wanted to play it again. I don't jest when I write that there is an addictive quality to some of these tunes, and that I have listened to this album again and again!"
All CDs are available through the Frenchy and the Punk website, iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, live shows and at fine independent CD and metaphysical shops nationwide and in Europe.
Their tour schedule is available on the website:
Frenchy and the Punk Fall 2013 Tour Dates:
Oct 12 New Jersey Witches Ball, Mt Holly, NJ
Oct 16 Artful Wednesdays @Pittsburgh University, PA
Oct 19 Celebrate Samhain, Peterborough, NH
Oct 26 SteamCon Festival, Seattle, WA
Oct 28 Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Oct 30 Shrunken Head, Columbus, OH
Oct 31 TeslaHalloween Ball, Madison, WI
Nov 2 TeslaCon Festival, Madison, WI
Nov 6 House Concert, Columbus, NE
Nov 7 The Zoo Bar, Lincoln, NE
Nov 8 Side Door Lounge, Omaha, NE
Nov 9 Mercury Cafe, Denver, CO
Nov 10 The Zodiac Bar, Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 14 The Crack Fox, St Louis, MO
Nov 16 The Blonde Swan House Concert Series, Sandusky, OH
Nov 19 Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Nov 20 Natasha's Bistro, Lexington, KY
Nov 21 Empty Glass, Charleston, WV
Nov 22 New Deal Cafe, Greenbelt, MD
Nov 24 McGee's Pub, Greenville, SC
Nov 26 The Shelter, Atlanta, GA
Nov 30 Gilded Festival, King of Prussia, PA
More details about the shows are on our website, including all the awesome bands we will be sharing the stage with.
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