guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig, [War-hof-tig]. They are an acoustic ensemble, dedicated to playing ‘Gypsy Jazz.’ That’s the term used to describe the music pioneered by the legendary original ‘Hot Club of France Quintet,’ which was led by guitarist Django Reinhardt and Violinist Stephane Grappelli. Django and Grappelli were attempting to do their own version of American ‘Hot Jazz,’ as played by artists like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. They used acoustic guitars, bass and violin, rather than horns and drums. Grappelli and Django added some French and Gypsy flavor and created a blend of music that is quite popular and accessible. The HCPhilly mixes the original style of the HCOF, along with their own modern influences.
Their current CD, ‘Gypsy – Americana’ was WRTI Jazz Radio’s ‘Album of The Week’ earlier this year.
Featuring Joseph Arnold -violin, Barry Wahrhaftig Guitar & Vocals, & Phyllis Chapell vocals. [Bass TBA].
The cheddar boys formed over the years busking around Philadelphia and playing open mics in and around the city. As a band, they’ve been playing in a few different incarnations since 2011. Traditional old time music is at their core, they also throw in other popular tunes from Johnny Cash to John Hartford to Caitlin Rose. With a handful of originals and more to come, they have a fun, jaunty, infectious stage presence that’ll get folks singing along and dancing. The cheddar boys have independently created four cds and sold them at gigs and while busking, their latest album is the most polished to date. They also have music available on Band Camp.