The Gnomes each bring an enormous wealth of musicianship, artistry and joy to the music they create together. Their shows are organic and community-minded, while their music transforms the audience into 'world-music-citizens'. It's what happens when an Irish tune morphs into a tango or a reggae song; or a Scandinavian tune meets a Cajun waltz or perhaps a song in Chinese! Then, you know you've been "gnomed"!
The Gnomes have just finished their 3rd cd, "Live at the Blackstone River Theatre"!! You can purchase this at our shows, or order directly from Cathy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for $15 (which includes shipping costs), or purchase locally at Books on the Square (with free gift-wrapping!) on Angell St., in Wayland Square, Providence, RI. Be sure to check out our other albums, "Everybody Must Get Gnomed" and "To The Dance Floor."
A live recording of their concert at the BRT on October 15th, 2011. This cd captures the joy & energy of that evening's performance. Phil Edmonds (button accordion, Irish whistles, vocals); Cathy Clasper-Torch (fiddle, keyboard, vocals); Mike Fischman (guitar, bouzouki, banjo, vocals); Peter Breen (bass, vocals); Ron Schmitt (percussion). Playlist includes:
Released November 2008
"'Everybody Must Get Gnomed' is the groaner of a title that THE GNOMES picked for their excellent new disc . Rhode Island traditional-music masters Phil Edmonds (whistle and accordion) and Cathy Clasper-Torch (fiddle) team up with local stalwarts Otis Read (guitar, vocals), Peter Breen (bass, vocals) and Ron Schmitt (percussion) for a global gallop through Celtic, Russian, Scandinavian and Hassidic instrumental traditions as well as singer-songwriter lyrical songs from Read." --Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal, November 6, 2008.
"Their music is guaranteed to get you moving and grooving."
"'Everybody Must Get Gnomed' is the groaner of a title that THE GNOMES picked for their excellent new disc."
"...The Gnomes have negotiated a beautiful and broadly international feast here, with ideas, decisions, temperance and turns that keep a brisk, organic pace."
There is little more satisfying to a musician, painter, or any true lover of the arts than to see master craftsmen celebrating their skills.
There is not a tune here that you do not feel like playing again after you've heard it.
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