Default lineup: 4 members
4 piece band: vocals/acoustic guitar, violin, vocals/flute/whistle, vocals/keyboard/bass (includes caller)
Gypsy Rogues was formed in the early part of 1997 when some of the Midland’s most versatile musicians joined together in what at the time was a modest project with ‘fun’ as its main purpose.
Described in one newspaper as ‘raw endlessly energetic Irish folk’ this 4-piece band produces a huge variety of tunes and songs both modern and traditional that satisfies the widest spectrum of audience. So whether you want them to play at a wedding an Irish function or at your local bar Gypsy Rogues' musical versatility enables them to suit any occasion and with over ten years of entertaining through music they can be relied upon for an event of the highest calibre.
In just three years Gypsy Rogues has gone from being four separate musicians to producing their own CD "A Fuller Picture" which sold out in advance sales before a note was even heard thanks to their ever-growing army of supporters. They have sold out theatres in self-produced Irish shows complete with dancers. They have headlined at the prestigious Bromsgrove Folk Festival and have appeared on the bill at a number of others. They performed for around 2000 people on Millennium night in London and they have appeared for an estimated audience of 5000 for a music festival in Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park.
Here are some of Gypsy Rogues' numerous highlights of the last 3 years
July 1999 - Headline act Bromsgrove Folk Festival
October 1999 - 2 sold out nights with Irish dancers in Liverpool & Worcester
December 2000 - 2000 people Millenium gig in London
June 2001 - 7500 (est.) people festival in B’ham’s Cannon Hill Park
March 2002 - Support for ‘The Fureys’ at Birmingham Irish Centre
July 2002 - Headline act at Bromsgrove Folk Festival
August 2002 - Finale act at Burntwood Folk Festival
Gypsy Rogues have also played private functions for the following:
Loughborough, Birmingham, Aston and Leicester Universities; Birmingham Focus; Transco; British Airways; Amnesty Int.; Major performances at Derby County FC; Aston Villa FC; Birmingham City FC; West Midlands Safari Park; Bristol Rugby Club
Praise for Gypsy Rogues
“One of the best Irish bands to come out of Birmingham” - Liverpool’s Radio City FM
“…a brilliant atmosphere…” “lively, foot-stomping favourites” - Birmingham’s renowned music venue The Fiddle & Bone
“They deserve all the praise we can give”, “…we were so sad when the performance finished – the guests just wanted more!” - West Midlands Safari Park
“Young, talented, energetic, good looking, they grab the audience by the scruff of the neck and make them enjoy themselves – and so professional…” - Bromsgrove Folk Festival Review 2002