Mean Dark Gypsies

Mean Dark Gypsies are a world fusion duo with Arabic, Spanish, Gypsy, Medieval, and Blues influences. Their music features ethnic instruments from around the globe including the exotic kemenche, whose history can be traced back to before the cello and violin. They blend traditional sound with improvisational skill, performing at street venues, restaurants, Renaissance and Pagan festivals, colleges, clubs and private parties. They recently opened for Liron Peled from Raquy and the Cavemen, internationally known Middle Eastern Fusion band, on his solo tour. Band members consist of Karen Richards and Billy Crocker with guest musicians Josh Sherman (tabla), Barbara Thorne Cale (dumbek, recorder, violin and vocals), and Misu Crocker (didgeridoo).

Karen and Billy have been playing music together for 3 years now. Karen has a strong background in classical violin studies and attended Ohio University for violin performance and foreign language education. More recently, she has taken up the dumbek and the kemenche (Persian violin). Billy has formal training in dumbek, piano (which he began when he was ten years of age), and classical guitar, blues slide guitar, and Spanish and finger style guitar. Billy is a talented improv musician who composes original pieces for piano, guitar, and violin. Both Karen and Billy study with Raquy Danziger.

















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