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Gypsy folk troubadours Caravan of Thieves to Begin Fall Tour in Collinsville

September 12, 2016 Arts and Entertainment No Comments

Fuzz and Carrie, with special guests, perform at Collinsville Hot earlier this summer. Photo by John Fitts

Gypsy folk troubadours Caravan of Thieves will return to stages across North America this fall after an electrifying year of lineup changes, personal and artistic growth, album releases and the unpredictable life of a touring musician.

Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, the musical couple, founding members, front people and creative team behind the band have forged their Caravan of Thieves forward this year by introducing a variety of new stringed instrument players, other musical guests and an ever-expanding artistic vision that continues to develop since their early 2008 beginnings in their Bridgeport, CT apartment.

Originally inspired by the big band swing era, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, and early American folk music, the acoustic guitar playing and singing duo took local musicians Brian Anderson (upright bass) and Ben Dean (violin) out on the road with them to test drive their new concept. By the end of their first year, the Caravan began to gain recognition for their distinctive style, released their debut full-length album Bouquet (2009) and shared stages with a wide variety of artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, The Decemberists, Keb Mo, Tom Tom Club, Punch Brothers, and many others.

Fuzz and Carrie eventually reached a comfortable stride embracing their roles as show and album producers, songwriters and arrangers, released Mischief Night (2010), The Funhouse (2012), Kiss Kiss (2015), and continued to build on their concept with each tour to follow. As a result, the live performance now covers a wide dynamic range and appeal with each show flowing seamlessly from intimate acoustic duets to entertaining and exciting junk-percussion jams to big audience stomp, clap and sing-alongs.

According to Fuzz and Carrie, “We’re driven to consistently entertain our audience, in concert and on our studio recordings, which lends to building a community of listeners who can be involved in our show and our creative process in some way, as well as a variety of artists who we can share our vision with. These elements allow our band and our music to be alive and have a soul.”

After the release of the most recent Caravan of Thieves album Kiss Kiss in spring of 2015, Fuzz, Carrie and the band toured throughout the US and UK in support of the album, made a few music videos and continued to recruit new fans (affectionately known as “Freaks” on the Caravan scene). As 2015 came to a close, Brian and Ben decided to take a break from the road and Fuzz and Carrie also parted ways with their long time management/record label. So the couple began to carve a new path for their music career and since the beginning of 2016 they’ve toured nationally with a new violinist or two, new bassists, a trumpet player and whoever else they could work into the mix, as well as releasing a new album this summer as just “Fuzz and Carrie” called Maple Hill Sessions, Vol 1 (2016), an especially intimate recording inspired by the recent duo moments in the Caravan of Thieves shows. The recharged Caravan soon head back out on the road for a Fall tour with a few select Northeast and Midwest dates, first of which is in their home state of CT in Collinsville for a return performance at Bridge Street Live on September 23rd, 8:00PM. Award-winning banjo player Ricky Mier, and multi-instrumentalist JD Williams, will open. Tickets are $25 for General Admission, $35 for VIP, and can be purchased online at 41bridgestreet.com, or by calling 860-693-9762.

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