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From Sleepy Hollow to the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham it's been an eventful journey for The Grand Slambovians.

Also known as Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, the band - dubbed the 'Hillbilly Pink Floyd' - met at art school in 1998, then settled together in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Their forthcoming UK tour arrives at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath on May 8.

Grand Slambovians
Hillbilly: Grand Slambovians

With a sound that recalls elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the aforementioned Pink Floyd, they have acquired a cult following on the alt folk/ Americana scene. Some fans in the States travel hundreds of miles to see the group in concert.

Fronted by lead songwriter and guitarist Joziah Longo, the current line-up is completed by guitarist/ mandolin player Sharkey McEwan, Tink Lloyd who contributes accordion, ukulele, theremin and melodic, and percussionist Eric Puente.

Grand Slambovians
Showtime: Grand Slambovians

Studio albums include 1999's A Good Thief Tips His Hat, 2004's Flapjacks From The Sky, 2008's The Great Unravel and 2011's The Grand Slambovians. New release, A Box of Everything, is described as 'a compilation of the Greatest Hits you've ever heard'. Joziah adds, "It's a more extreme dose of what we've always been a country prison music meets British invasion type of thing."

They initially concentrated on building up a following in America but in 2008 made their first appearance abroad at the Rhythm Festival in Bedfordshire. They were invited back in 2009 and, while in the UK, took the opportunity to perform at other festivals.

Grand Slambovians Joziah Longo
Frontman: Joziah Longo

In 2010 they brought their legendary Halloween show, The Grand Slambovian Extraterrestrial Hillbilly Pirate Ball, to London's Electric Ballroom.

Bandleader Joziah is currently finishing his second musical with Broadway legend Theodore Mann, scheduled to open at the Circle in The Square Theatre in New York City.
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Why? A concert you will probably never forget
When: May 8, 2014
Phone: 0121 444 2081
Where: Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath
Cost: 12.50 advance
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