Saturday, March 07, 2009

Gypsy Fire, Saturday March 14th

Too folk to be Irish and too Irish to be folk. That’s what THEY say. It seems we are neither here nor there. We have been described as the “Grateful Dead on Guinness and and almost sober.” Others have decided that we were what you sound like if you cross Harry Chapin with The Clancey Brothers or was it Gordon Lightfoot with Tommy Sands. In performance we have been described as a “Celtic Alice Cooper meets the Rocky Horror Picture Show”.
Charlie Stacey is a prolific songwriter with a catalog of 170 songs and counting. He has been performing almost 50 years, the past 20 primarily as a singer/songwriter and the past 15 with Cynthia and an amazing group of musicians under the banner of Gypsyfire. They have played Irish bars, listening rooms, folk clubs, and State Park amphitheaters from New Mexico to Washington D.C., the Texas Rio Grand Valley to West Virginia. The rest of the time Charlie works as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the Navajo Nation’s Shiprock (NM) Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program. In a life before psychotherapy, Charlie spent 23 years in broadcasting as a TV news cameraman. Many of his story-songs came from places visited and people met as he traveled the world.
Cynthia Whiddon Green grew up in deep east Texas, West Virginia, and the Washington D.C. area. She grew up with both the traditional music of these regions and the music of her ancestral home in the Highlands of Scotland. She has overcome years of classical voice training to return to her musical roots and provides the lead vocals on much of the music she brings to the band. In a parallel universe she teaches English and communications to high school students on the Navajo Reservation. In a life yet to come she hopes to pursue her love of Medieval Studies, in particular translating and working with writings of and about the Northern Saints of Medieval Scotland.


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