Date:   6/7/2014

The magical experience of The Grand Slambovians this Saturday

The Grand Slambovians (AKA Gandolf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams) are bringing their eclectic style of music to the historic Thrasher Opera House this Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.. The band has toured nationally and abroad since forming in 1998. Known for their electrifying live performances and strong original music (an utterly unique blend of rock & roll, folk, and quirky Americana) they add to their devoted and ever-expanding fan base whenever and wherever they perform. 

"This band is at once completely original and entirely familiar. A truly magical experience even if you're just having a conversation with them. It's been a privilege to play their special brand of music on the air. All hail the Circus of Dreams!" Spider Glenn, Vermont Radio Personality/ WNTI NJ

The Slambovians are: Joziah Longo (lead vocals, guitars, harmonica), born in Philadelphia, grew up playing traditional country, folk and mummers music with his father. Performing professionally from the age of 13 doing Dylan covers, he moved to New York to pursue his muse. Playing venues ranging from CBGB's to Carnegie Hall as a headline performer, Joziah was also the first American musician invited to perform in mainland China in the early 90's ending a decade-long ban on Western music.

Multi-instrumentalist Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, flute, theremin) comes from a long line of feisty Irish musicians which brings a unique spark to the band's music as well as performance. Tink has worked with Joziah and Sharkey on previous projects.

Sharkey McEwen (guitars, mandolin, backing vocals), longtime musical partner of Joziah, grew up in L.A. and played the club circuit before coming to New York in the early 90's. His intuitive, evocative playing is a key ingredient of the band's magic. He is in constant demand as a producer and guitarist for other artists.

Eric Puente grew up in Rome, NY, and has been playing drums, in several different forms and styles, his entire life. He has been a session drummer/percussionist, in the NY music scene for the past 20 years, recording, touring, and arranging, with various rock, jazz, folk/americana, and orchestral ensembles. Eric has been a Slambovian musical friend for several years, and in March 2012, he started performing with Joziah and Sharkey on the NYC Broadway play "Aesop's Fables" (for which Joziah wrote the musical score). Since then, he has been touring and recording on a fulltime basis with the Slambovians.

This project is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsorship generously provided by Reif & Kendall Attorneys. Accommodations provided by the Heidel House Resort & Spa.

Tickets are only $22 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick Nf Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279. Online tickets available at


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