New CD 2010 Cover
2005 CD Cover
Courtesy Mussell Inn, New Zealand 2003
Budapest Restaurant and Palinka Bar
Albany Festival 2002
French waltzes 39secs 619kb
Dark Eyes 59secs 925kb
Jealousy MP3 47secs 740kb
Freylach #5 MP3
Minor Swing MP3 34secs
Swing 42 MP3 39secs
Stay tuned for more bites.
Arthur's Pass NZ : Cathy Dowden 2002
Bookies at Chadstone for a Racing Fashion Night
- how fashionable are these guys ?
Trio with Eugene Belenko for
2007 Arts Victoria Country Tour - 12 concerts
Klezmer Gypsy Dance 2013
with Audrey Fine calling and Ron Hansen on bass
Boite 30th anniversary at National Gallery
From National folk festival 2010
Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano (Italian Jazz)
From Boite 2010 CD launch
Rough Videos from NZ 2007 Boatshed concert
Bohemian Nights in Party Mode
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUMFiqGvcVY with Ernie and Phil leading Hava Nagila 5.40 and Mazeltov 6.44 ish "The after-festival party at the 2002 Fairbridge Festival (near Perth, Western Australia) as recorded by Andrew Clermont, featuring a cast of thousands including Mal Webb, Women in Docs, Kate Fagan, Scott and Louisa Wise, Nicky Bomba and Ernie Gruner playing Ray Schloeffel's Blacktown Jig among other gems. One of the memorable moments in the history of the festival."
More Videos (under photos on side)
Ernie Gruner (violin, mandolin, vocals ) and Phil Carroll (accordion, vocals, ney ) play Gypsy, Klezmer, Turkish, French, Italian, Russian, jazz and tango music which range from soulful to wild. (see more below )
Hobart Tango Club, Jan 3, Tasmania
Bohemian Nights 7th NEW ZEALAND 2014 Tour Dates
2nd CD "Brothers in Borscht" available
58 Minutes, 25 Tunes, 11 Countries, 8 Languages
Melbourne Shops (sometimes out of stock, so ring first)
Readings Carlton - 309 Lygon St, Carlton, 9347 6633
Atelier Puglisi - 40 Church St, Hawthorn, 98539525 (my luthier)
Rathdowne Records 230 High St, Northcote, 9482 4213
BUY CDs HERE by Direct Deposit or Cheque : email for details
Or Credit Card sales :email your phone number & a good time for us to call you for your credit card number ( Can take Mastercard/Visa/Bankcard )
or THRU PAYPAL see buy now below (and email to confirm )One CD is $25 plus postage, Both CDs are $45 plus postage.
Deals available if also purchasing Klezmeritis and Yalla! CDs
Some HISTORY, BIOS, & TOUR NOTES BELOW
BOHEMIAN NIGHTS are as experienced at concerts as at the European artform of serenading at tables and taking requests as well as creating atmosphere in a street festival.
2014 dates incude
Tuesday February 25th & Wednesday March 19th
Open Studio Creperie and Bar, 8.15pm, $7/$5, tickets at door. 204 High St, Northcote
March 21 - 23 Yackandandah Folk Festival
March 26 Queen Vic. Night Market , 6 - 10, Peel St Stage
April 25 - 27 Fairbridge Festival ( W.A.)
April 30 - Perth - House concert SOLD OUT
May 1st - Fremantle - House concert : email firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings
May 3rd - Albany - Vancover St Festival
June 22 , All Saint's Church concert , Sunday 4pm, 2A Chapel St, E.St Kilda opposite Astor Theatre
June 28 Klezmer Gypsy DANCE, Northcote ONLINE BOOKINGS
with The Boite, Audrey Fine (dance-caller), Ron Hansen (Double bass)
July 16 Open Studio Creperie and Bar, 8.15pm, tickets at door. 204 High St, Northcote
August 20th CERES Market , 9.30am - 12.30pm
September 7th Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt near Wave Sculpture 12-3
Sunday October 5th Montsalvat Open Day, 10am - 12pm
Sunday October 5th Glen Eira Spring Music series, 3 - 5pm, McKinnon Reserve
Creperie and Bar, 8.30pm, tix $8 at door. 204 High St, Northcote
2013 dates incude
Feb 3 SoulFood State Library
Jan 26 Globe to Globe festival
Feb 14th Ivanhoe Library for Valentine's Day
Sunday March 3rd Sydney Rd Street Party (trio w Ron Hansen ) 515pm free Community Stage cnr Michael St & Sydney Rd
Sunday March 24th Mediterranean Fiesta. 3pm, free, Centreway, Keilor
March 31+ National Folk Festival, Canberra
Saturday May 11 Gypsy/Klezmer dance for Universal Grooves in Torquay with Audrey Fine
Wednesday September 18th : Open Studio Bar for Darebin Music Feast
8pm $8/$6, tickets at door. 204 High St, Northcote
Friday September 20th : Concert at Wyreena Arts Centre, Croydon,
Supper provided. Information & Bookings 9294 5590
Sunday September 29th : Ferdydurke, 5 -7pm, Level 1&2, 31 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne.
I Left my Heart in Europe with Pierogi Pierogi pop up kitchen,
Tuesday October 1st
Budapest Restaurant and Palinka Bar 273 Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick
Wednesday October 16th : City of Darebin Ride to Work event, 7am- 9am , Northcote
Wednesday December 18th Open Studio Creperie and Bar 8.30pm $7/$5, tickets at door. 204 High St, Northcote
2012 dates include
Budapest Restaurant..once a month
Nov 23rd Coburg Night market
November Private soiree
Sunday April 1st Soul Food
Sunday January 1st Sofitel 35 Lunch 12-3 & once or twice a month
Thursday Jan 5th North Hobart Italian Club, Federal st, eve, Tango Night
Cygnet Folk Festival, Tasmania - Jan 6-8
Sat/Sun Mar 3/4 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, roving at Southgate, 6-10
2011 Dates include
Thursday October 13, City Library Acoustica series 6-7pm
and lots more to be filled in....
2010 Dates included the following :
Sat Oct 16
CD LAUNCH at The Boite World Music Cafe
1 Mark St, Nth Fitzroy 8pm
Tickets at door $18 / $12, or Bookings: 9417 1983
Coffee, cakes, mulled wine
MC Jeannie Marsh POSTER
Tue Nov 2
Budapest Restaurant and Palinka Bar
Ph: 9530 0849 Dinner Bookings
Music is free.
Join us for a slivovitz, czech beer, coffee, dessert or dinner ?
Fri Nov 5 Eltham World Harmonies 8pm
St Margarets Hall , Pitt St, Eltham, Melways 21 J7
Adults $12, concession$10, children free.. Delicious cakes and refreshments available
NEW ZEALAND TOUR # 6 April 24 - May 12
April 18 12-3 Sofitel Restaurant No35 Brunch bookings 9653 7744
April 2-5 National Folk Festival , Canberra
Fri Jan 29 GEELONG Night Market
Feb 28 4.15pm Sydney Road Street Party.Community Stage (Concerts)
Feb 28 2.30pm La Dolce Italia Festival, Lygon St Carlton (Roving)
2009 Dec. 15th Bar Lourinha Long Table Dinner
2009 Dec. 18th A Bohemian style Dinner and Music St Anns Restaurant,
2008 Dates included the following --- then Phil moved to Istanbul
Yackandandah Folk Festival
The Boite, North Fitzroy
Wyreena Arts Cafe, Croydon
Kulcha, Fremantle (W.A.)
Harboursound Festival , Albany (W.A.)
2007 5th NZ tour including Christchurch Arts Festival
2005/6 4th NZ tour : Whare Flat festival & 2 concerts
2005 CD launches at The Boite & fortyfivedownstairs
2005 Russian Soup - 2 week season for Fringe Festival
2005 3rd New Zealand tour (3+ weeks, 15 concerts)
2004-5 45 Downstairs concerts
2001-4 Wyreena Arts Centre cafe concerts
2004 Port Fairy Literary Festival. National Folk Festival
Large selection from Dark Eyes to La Vie En Rose and from
Aint Misbehavin to Habanera.
Depending on the event Gypsy Nights dresses and acts for the occasion. Although sometimes seen in black and white formal attire in background mode in restaurants or private functions, they often wear colorful costumes & are more lively and can interact with audiences for parties, festivals or shopping centres and promotions.
Bohemian Nights can also play for functions with Phil playing keyboards or piano.
PA is available and depending on the event and if dancing is preferred a double bass and drums, guitar, vocalist etc may be added.
SOLO:Both Phil and Ernie are in demand as solo roving musicians, Phil also as a cocktail pianist and both work with several jazz, gypsy, folk or classical ensembles.
Phil and Ernie play together in 3 larger bands:
Klezmeritis led by Ernie specialises in infectious East European Jewish music (CD available)
Yalla! led by Phil specialises in Arabic & Turkish music and dance. (CD vailable)
Flirting Mazurkas with singer/guitarist Jennifer Hawley plays jazz & European café music.
Please email for ordering information. or call 03.9386.7108
Cheque or credit card accepted. CD Reviews below.
CD Melbourne Shop sales : (ring 1st to see if in stock)
Atelier Puglisi - 40 Church St, Hawthorn, 98539525 (my luthier)
Readings Carlton - 309 Lygon St, Carlton, 9347 6633
Readings Hawthorn - 701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, 9819 1917
Sunflower Bookshop - 434 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick 9523 6405
Discurio, 113 Hardware St, City 96001488
Featured CD : Radio National Life Matters
Appears on Radio PBS World Music Compilation
Phil Carroll : accordion, vocals, ney, duduk
Ernie Gruner : violin, mandolin, minor vocals
Total Playing Time : around 70 minutes
Recorded mostly live. All tunes arranged Bohemian Nights.
1. Yismechu (Trad) - Klezmer 2’40”
2. Dark Eyes - (Trad/lyrics E. Grebenka) - Russian Gypsy 4’50”
3. Sous la Ciel de Paris (J. Drejac) - French Waltz 1’43”
4. La Foule (C. Dumont) - French Waltz 1’19”
5. Padam Padam (N. Glanzberg / lyrics H. Contet ) - French Waltz 1’32”
Total medley time: 4’34”
6. Swing 42 (D. Reinhardt) - Gypsy Swing 2’57”
7. Miserlou featuring Ney (Trad/Lyrics N. Roubanis) – Greek 4’11”
8. Mustafa (Trad) - Middle-Eastern 2’05”
Total medley time: 6’16”
9. Moldavian Hora - Klezmer 1’36”
10. Freylach #5 - Klezmer 2’06”
Total medley time: 3’42”
11. Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano (R. Carosone) - Italian Jazz 3’19”
12. Ernesto’s Serenade (E. Gruner)
13. Bubak & Hungaricus (Trad) - Hungarian Gypsy
Total medley time: 2’36”
14. El Motivo (J. C. Cobain / lyrics – P. Contursi) - Argentinian Tango 3’35”
15. Abi Gezunt (A. Elstein/Lyrics M.Picon/English lyrics unknown) - Yiddish Jazz 2’29”
16. Hassaperserviko in A (Trad) - Greek 2’29”
17. Neapolitan Tarantella (Trad) - Italian 56”
18. Comme Facetta Mametta (S. Gamardella ) - Italian 44”
19. Funicula Funiculi (P. Turco & L. Denza) - Italian 1’02”
Total medley time: 2’42”
20. Yuksek Yuksek featuring Duduk (Trad) - Turkish 4’11”
21. Jealousy (J. Gade) - Tango 2’46”
22. Give Me Lies ( P. Carroll, secret lyrics D. Wayman ) - Milonga 1’56”
Total medley time: 4’42”
23. Istanbul (N. Simon / Lyrics J. Kennedy) - Jazz 3’18”
24. Gloomy Sunday (R. Seress) - Hungarian 1’40”
25. Bessarabian Hora (Trad) - Klezmer 2’05”
26. Bessarabian Sirba (Trad) - Klezmer 1’31”
Total medley time: 5’16”
27. Maria’s Kalamatianos (Trad) - Greek 1’25”
28. Turkish Potbori (Trad) - Turkish 1’52”
Total medley time: 3’17”
29. Katyusha ( M.Blanter / Lyrics M. Issakowski) - Russian 3’58”
30. Moscow Nights (V. Solovjov-Sedoj, lyrics M. Matusovskij) - Russian 42”
Total medley time: 4’40”
31. Music Deli Freylach - Klezmer 2’27
"The sensitive an affecting musical accompaniment by Ernie Gruner and Phillip Carroll was exemplary... one of the best productions I saw in 2002."
Russian Soup : Theatre based on Chekov, Gogol, Dostoevsky short stories with traditional and original music by Gypsy Nights, actors : Josef Sherman, Greg Ulfan, director: John Bolton; review by Malcolm Robertson
"Gypsy Nights got the audience clapping along with
their accordion and fiddle before the evening began"
"Gypsy Nights treated the audience to a dazzling display of Eastern European and Middle-Eastern music...Ernie's virtuoso violin thrilled the audience, and its expressive lyricism - together with Phil's lively and complex accordion - brought to life the cafe scene of Budapest and Paris in the 1930's"
"Played with sensitivity and humor, the music generated
an energy that could only be expressed through dancing"
"Awesome performance" Greymouth NZ
"Bloody great night" Wellington Folk Club NZ
"Great to see people so passionately involved in keeping alive such colorful musical traditions....their music speaks to everyone" Penguin Club NZ
BOHEMIAN NIGHTS CD Review on Tony Thomas' show "Collectibles"
"Two of Melbourne’s, and Australia’s leading exponents of klezmer, folk, jazz, and Eastern European Jewish music are Ernie Gruner & Phil Carroll. Ernie is well known to all lovers of this music, while Phil has become special to all who appreciate the sounds of Arabic and Turkish music and culture.
Ernie Gruner on Violin, mandolin and some vocals, Phil Carroll, playing accordion, ney, duduk, and singing, with some of the tracks on their new CD, Bohemian Nights.
Review by Jan Forbes for indie-cds.com 2005
This is lively passionate gypsy music to dance away your troubles by; played on abrasive fiddle and wheezy piano accordion. Bohemian Nights is reminiscent of Hungarian goulash, red wine, French bread, Gitanes cigarettes and sensuous painted ladies from the thirties. It is recorded mostly live; thirty-one full-blooded numbers of familiar old Bohemian songs and animated dance tunes, sung and played by two masters of the trade, Ernie Gruner and Phil Carroll, who as a duo call themselves Bohemian Nights. It goes on for seventy minutes. What a find for a theme party!
Imagine the smoke haze of a workers' café in Paris between the wars; cares forgotten as men with slicked back hair whirl shady ladies around a dimly lit dance floor to tangos and waltzes. The frenzy of swivelling hips and slinky shoulders, the highs and lows of passion; the wild and exotic; a little yearning, a little joy, a little laughter; the theatrical and sensual; the dark and melancholy; the nostalgia of familiar old tunes that include well-known standards such as Dark Eyes, Padam Padam, Funiculi Funicula, Jealousy, Istanbul and Moscow Nights; tunes that might once have been recorded on seventy-eights or for old black and white movies. While most other titles are foreign to me the names don't matter because all the tunes sound familiar and are in the same gypsy style. Still, they represent a wide ranging repertoire from many different cultures: French, Italian, Russian, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Argentinian and Jewish, as befits the eclectic gypsies, or Bohemians. Highlights include: several atmospheric medleys representing different cultural styles; in particular the Russian medley that starts with Katyusha and as the momentum picks up blends into Moscow nights; and Yuksek, Yuksek, a haunting instrumental featuring the Duduk, a traditional Armenian flute played by Phil Carroll.
Review in ARTSTREAMS Magazine October/November 2005
Melbourne has a reputation for being a multicultural city. Artistically it would be considerably less multi-cultural without the presence of Phil Carroll and Ernie Gruner. When not playing as Bohemian Nights, they feature in Klezmeritis, Yalla and Flirting Mazurkas. On this outing they divide almost 70 minutes into 30 tracks that cover klezmer, Russian and Hungarian Gypsy, French, Greek, Middle Eastern, Italian and Turkish delights. They even head off to The Argentine for a spot of tango.
Still not content, they do a credible version of Django Reinhardt's Swing 42 with Carroll standing in for Rheinhardt's guitar on accordion. With such a mix, sophisticated shifts from track to tradck are hard to organise. Hence Carroll quickly swaps his accordion for a ney and they move into Miserlou, a hauntingly beautiful Greek melody before darting back to the Middle East for a spirited rendition of Mustapha.
The two klezmer pieces that follow are very much home turf for Gruner whose violin playing skills really shine. Not that he's struggling on the other material. The pair then flits over the Mediterranean for Tu Vuo fa l'Americano and a bit of Italian jazz.
At this point I threw away the map and just listened to the music. After a not so convincing trip to Italy, they offer Yuksek Yuksek from Turkey. As in Miserlou they are able to weave some magic into music that is arguably their real forte.
Bohemian Nights offers a lot of music. Seventy minutes is a long time to sit and listen to multi cultural music. On the other hand if you have company and choose to get up and dance this set wil keep you going all night.
NEW ZEALAND TOUR # 6 April 24 - May 12 2010
- More details via Ruth Birnie at MusicHaven
- Rental Car : AboutNZ Rentals
24 Warrington - Memorial Hall , 7.30pm $15 (conc. $10, families $25). Info Ph.021 137 2129
25 Dunedin - New Edinburgh Folk Club , St Martin's Hall, Northumberland St. North East Valley, $15 ($10 members), 7 30pm
28 Hokitika - Crooked Mile Cinema, 36 Revell St, Hokitika. 7.30pm
29 Westport - Senior Citizens Hall, Henley St, Westport 7.30pm
30 Nelson - Fairfield House 48 Van Diemen Street Nelson. 8pm. $15 Bookings Ph.5483640
2 Christchurch - Christchurch Folk Club, 8pm, The Dux De Lux , cnr. Hereford and Montreal St. Ph. 960 8017
3 Picton - Le Cafe - 7.30pm
4 Ferry Music 1.10pm
4 Wellington - Katipo Café, 76 Willis Street, $20, 8pm
5 Wellington - House Concert, MusicHaven, 69 Rimu Road, Raumati Beach 8pm Ph.04 905 3838
7 Palmerston North - Palmerston North Folk Club, Theosophical Hall, 304 Church Street. 7.30pm. $15/12
9 Auckland - Devonport Folk Club , The Bunker,Mt Victoria, Devonport . 8pm.Tickets Ph. 09 445 2227 . $20
11 Hawkes Bay - Pukehou, Christ Church, 7.30pm
5th NEW ZEALAND TOUR July 27 - Aug 12 2007
Friday 27 July 8pm, Palmerston North Folk Club,
NZ 2005 TOUR ITINERARY
26 June 8pm Devonport Folk Club, Auckland. SOLD OUT
27 June 10am Klezmer school show, Michael Park Steiner (Ernie Gruner)
28 June Radio interview - Upbeat -National concert FM program
Back bar, Biddy Mulligans, Victoria St Hamilton
Door sales $20, club members $15, 15 and under free.
2 July 8pm The Upstairs Room, near Waitara, Taranaki. FLYING PIGLETS
6 July National Television morning show interview and performances
12 July 8pm Regent Theatre, Arts Council, Greymouth,
Door charge $10, $6 club members
1. Saturday October 22nd , THE BOITE
with guests Jen Hawley, Flirting Mazurkas & more
2. Wednesday November 30th, fortyfivedownstairs
"La La La" (French a capella - Chorale Francaise de Melbourne)
MC Joseph Sherman (Russian Soup) & Tango Dancers
Thankyou for coming ! Thankyou for dancing !
4TH NEW ZEALAND TOUR
Whare Flat Festival, NZ : Dec.30 2005 – Jan 3rd 2006
Thursday Jan. 5th Warrington Memorial Hall 7.30pm
Friday Jan.6th Hutton Theatre, Dunedin 8.00pm
2003 New Zealand Tour (Flying Piglets)
Oct 24 - Nov 9
Includes Welllington Folk Festival, Sola Cafe Thames, Christ Church Pukehou Hawkes Bay
Upstairs Room Taranaki, Mussel Inn Takaka, Harbour Light Theatre, Bread Bagel cafe Wellington
2002 New Zealand Tour (Flying Piglets)
June 30 - July 18
Devonport Folk Club Auckland, Upstairs Room Taranaki, Bread Bagel Cafe Welly, Wellington Folk Centre
Ferry, Penguin club Omaru, Christchurch Hebrew Congregation, Harbour Light Theatre (for ChCh jazz festival)
Flamenco studio Dunedin, Easy way cafe Geraldine, DP1 Cafe Greymouth
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