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About Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams

Playing an utterly unique blend of rock'n'roll, folk, and quirky Americana, Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been called "the hillbilly Pink Floyd," which is an apt description, particularly if you throw in elements of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Band, Neil Diamond, and maybe even some Frank Zappa as well. Riding an anachronistic whimsy (equal parts Washington Irving and Woodstock) the band taps a broad palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. Possessing an exotic instrumental arsenal - consisting of glockenspiel, theremin, mandolin and accordion, in addition to standard rock regalia - they are endowed with a devoted populist appeal on the festival circuit and beyond. Lead singer and main songwriter Joziah Longo (guitar and harmonica), multi-instrumentalist Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, flute) and Sharkey McEwen (guitar, mandolin, and backing vocals) worked together in the late '80s and early '90s and got a close, hard look at the pressures and insanities of the major-label music machines.

The trio walked away from it all and settled in the Sleepy Hollow area of the Hudson River Valley in New York, where, enlisting percussionist and drummer Tony Zuzulo in 1998, they formed Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (there is no one named Gandalf or Murphy in the band). Known for electrifying live performances and a down-to-earth connection to audiences, the group delivers a quirky, versatile, and good-humored show that works as well in small folk clubs as it does on large festival stages, and has built a large and loyal fan following. Fiercely independent, the group runs its own label, High Noon Records, and has released 3 critically acclaimed studio albums - 'THE GREAT UNRAVEL' (2008), 2004's double-disc 'Flapjacks from the Sky', 'A Good Thief Tips His Hat' (1998). The band is touring 'The Great Unravel' nationally through the summer with a few trips to the UK before preparing for their legendary 'Grand Slambovian Hillbilly-Pirate Ball' this autumn in New York and select cities.
- Courtesy All Music Guide

"Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams continues to deliver incredibly exciting music with it's third studio album, 'The Great Unravel'. The result is an infectious hook-laden sound that's both reminiscent of the past and truly unique." - Dirty Linen

"'The Great Unravel' opens with one of the great the songs of the year, 'Desire', which seems to be a plea for a return to the true spirit of America."- Rock'N'Reel Magazine, UK

"Like a snowball full of heart and unabashed beauty, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, a name redolent with prestidigitation and mysticism, rolls over you, laying us out with songs of frightened hope and resistant joy." -

"They may term it Hillbilly-Pink Floyd" and sure, they have an air of both Floyd and maybe Bowie at times, atop their folkcountry roots (note, not fauxcountry) but it's done with a warmth and comfort of a mystical Nebraska or poetic crazy Horse." - Sleazegrinder, UK