The Water Gypsies are an exciting new gypsy jazz band, living and travelling aboard traditional narrow boats on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Born out of a chance meeting at a gypsy jazz jam in Bradford on Avon, The Water Gypsies play the music of Django Reinhardt in their own joyful and exuberant style. Their combined talents are formidable, all having performed in the UK and across Europe.
Lead Guitarist Tim Petherick has performed with many bands over the years, most notably with Bristol band The Mandibles. He thrills audiences with his mastery of the guitar and his emotion filled solos. Violinist Gina Griffin is a remarkable instrumentalist of the very highest calibre, she blends the sound of her voice and violin to create a beautiful and unique tone.
On rhythm guitar and vocals is Nipper Lewis, the driving sound of his 1931 National plectrum guitar provides an authentically vintage accompaniment to the solos. Bassist Ian Turner is the fire behind the band; having previously performed with guitarist John Etheridge, he now provides his solid groove to The Water Gypsies rhythm section.
The band are currently performing at many venues and festivals around the southwest, building a following of loyal fans with their high energy gypsy jazz.