American group The Wiyos return to Ropery Hall

Making a welcome return to Ropery Hall on Friday, December 11 is American group The Wiyos, who first appeared at the Maltkiln Road venue in 2010.

Playing music inspired by the early American musical idioms of the 1920s and ’30s, their music comes from a time before commercial formatting separated blues from country, ragtime from gospel, and swing from hillbilly.

“The group’s live performance transports audiences back to an era before TV and mass-media were the main sources of entertainment,” said Mark Keable of mtm promotions.  “Their sound is reminiscent of days-gone-by when live bands could be heard both on the radio and at community dances, juke joints, and house parties.”

Formed in New York City during the summer of 2002, The Wiyos took their name from the toughest gang to prowl the streets of old New York (The Whyos).  Like the traveling bands of the depression era, they have taken to the road full-time, touring extensively in the USA, Canada, France, the Netherlands as well as this country.  The group’s unique charisma transcends typical social boundaries appealing to everyone from hipsters to seasoned music connoisseurs, from children to bikers.

“Everywhere they play, The Wiyos charm and amuse audiences with their exuberant style of old-timey music, passionately carrying this rich musical heritage into the 21st century,” Mark continued.

“They  seem truly unique in what they do, creating original yet vintage-sounding country blues, swing, jugband, hillbilly and ragtime tunes and then adding the visual element of a vaudeville-style stage show.  They are a band that, in a lot of ways, seems to set the bar in terms of authenticity in their original songs.”

Tickets to see The Wiyos’ gig, which starts at 8pm, costs £14 in advance or £16 on the door.  Advance tickets can be booked online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, by telephoning 01652 660380 or in person at the Craft Gallery.

 

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