The Wiyos will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Old Settlers Inn in Moundridge. This story contains a video from a recent concert by the group.
The Wiyos will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Old Settlers Inn in Moundridge.
“The Wiyos may be the most varied and versatile band to emerge from New York City in many years,” a news release stated. “They have studied the spectrum of traditional American musical idioms tha were recorded in the 1920s and ’30s including country blues, swing, rural ragtime, jugband and Appalachain mountain music, but they write original songs that are rooted in their 21st century experience.”
The group can entertain four generations of a family — the grandparents enjoy the musical nostalgia, the parents were hip to the 1960s folk revival, the college kids dig a band that is fresh and distinctly independent from the derivative formulas, and the grandchildren love the washboard and physical comedy, the release stated.
The Wiyos have played at The Kennedy Center one week and then a pig roast on an isolated island the following week. They have played on the streets of New Orleans and New York, performed at the Newport Folk Festivl and shared the stage with a burlesque troupe at a strip club.
Their music can be described as “vaudevillian-ragtime-jugb-and-blues-and-hillbilly-swing.”
The Wiyos derive inspiration from the great dance bands and houseparty music from 80 to 90 years ago, the early swing syncopations, the grit and intensity of rural blues, the bouncing rhythms of piedmont fingerpickers, the vocal antics, mannerisms and physical comedy of vaudeville-era performers.
“These various styles of old-time traditional American music have proved to be fertile fields in which to plant seeds, and from that soil, they have harveste some very interesting and singular original sounds,” the news release stated.
Their last two albums were cut live with three microphones onto two-track analog tape with no overdubs, multi-tracking or digital editing in the process.
Band members include Joseph “Joebass” Dejarnette on upright bass and vocals; Parrish Ellis on vocals, archtop guitar, National resophonic guitar, banjo ukelele and five-string banjo; and Michael Farkas on vocals, harmonica, washboard and kazoo.