The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (USA)

Sun 16th June 2024

Doors 6pm, on stage 7pm. Possibly part-standing.

From New York, the TLR debut of one of  America’s great live bands!

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

New York’s Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been colouring ‘outside the lines’ of the Americana genre with their fantastic stories and performances since forming 20 years ago in the Hudson Valley of New York. Their Woodstock-tinged psychedelia has a hint of southern rock, celtic and British folk combined with solid song-writing - a slice of Americana pie that is irresistable! This year band returns to the UK following a wildly successful 2022 tour headlining Fairport's Cropredy Festival and Wickham Festival where they were voted 'Best Band' by fans and promoters alike.

Playing towns and festivals from Lochinvar to Penzance, the Slambovians’ tour history in the UK goes back since 2008, so they look forward to this tour where once again they bring good will, songs and a bit of magic to new audiences as well as the faithful devoted fans.

Joziah Longo (the resident shaman of Slambovia), leads with vocals described as 'soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic.' Long-time bandmates Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, mandolin, flute) and guitarist/mandolin wizard Sharkey McEwen bring their own magic to the Slambovian brew with 'a little help from their friends' - RJ McCarty (keys, bass, sax), Bob Torsello (bass), and Matthew Abourezk (drums).

Elements of Dylan, Bowie, Incredible String Band, Syd Barrett and The Waterboys flavour the musical mix (Waterboys co-founder Anthony Thistlethwaite is on the band’s last release). This tour will include a mix of the latest album, ‘A Very Unusual Head’ described as “hilariously genius, philosophically cosmic, folk-metal mastery” - and a few Slambovian classics from their deep catalog! The 2024 UK tour is an appropriate finale to the ‘A Very Unusual Head’ tour - the title track and theme of the album was inspired by the ‘irregular head’ of Syd Barrett and musically by the whimsy of the Incredible String Band.

'A Very Unusual Head' was included in Rock’n’Reel Magazine’s 'Best Albums of 2022' and is the band's 'finest work to date' - Rock’n’Reel Magazine, UK. Exploring the depths of Americana with an artful edge, elements of Dylan, Bowie, Incredible String Band, Syd Barrett, and The Waterboys flavour the musical mix. Fans of the band include: Garth Hudson (The Band), Dar Williams, Anthony Thistlethwaite (The Waterboys), Gary Burke (Bob Dylan, Joe Jackson)

‘They take the stage by storm!’ – NY Times

‘Longo is an awesome songwriter’ – Garth Hudson, The Band

‘Longo, a god of the rock underworld!’ – John Platt, WFUV Radio

‘Great songs and a whole lotta heart’ – Meg Griffin, SiriusXM

‘Simply one of the finest American bands’ – All Music

‘The cool end of Americana’ – Maverick Magazine, UK