If you check your rear vision mirror this summer don’t be surprised if you see an over flowing hatchback rolling up and down the coastal highways. The Gypsy Scholars are taking the first song from their debut EP, ‘Cold Hands’, on the road. Bringing with them their well known light hearted and warm ways, the boys have crafted an EP and show that presents a more refined style of their story telling tunes. The Gypsy Scholars will take you through young love, longing and laughs in a way only they can, with an invitation to have a good time always extended.
Formed in Canberra towards the end of 2014, The Gypsy Scholars met at the Australian National University and are made up of James Kelly, Conagh McMahon Hogan, Joel Shapero and Alec Brinsmead. With Conagh hailing from Bathurst and the remaining three from Sydney, the group move base between Sydney and Canberra with the nation’s capital remaining the spiritual home of the band.
Releasing their debut single “Looking Glass” later that year, TGS cemented their unique folky sound with a single that was a true embodiment of the band’s fun loving essence. “Looking Glass”spent over 10 weeks in the Triple J Unearthed Top 100 Charts reaching a top of #5 in the overall charting and #1 on the Indie Chart. This Unearthed interest led to an invitation to perform at Sofa Sounds Sydney. Cream, and Lost Paradise, playing along side Angus and Julia Stone, Jamie xx, and Jungle Giants at the Glenworth Valley festival. The Gypsy Scholars’ follow up single, “Daydream Author”, received air time on FBI radio, ABC 666 and several rural music stations. The band played residences at popular Sydney venues Hotel Steyne and Selina’s at Coogee Bay Hotel. Continued sold out shows in Sydney, Canberra and Wollongong while touring “Daydream Author” gave TGS further opportunities to play with, and learn from, talented Australian artists like Polish Club, Lime Cordiale, Wild Honey, Castlecomer, The Bon Scotts, Slow Turismo, Touch Sensitive, Tate Sheridan and Andrew Farris (INXS).
Over March and April 2017, the band toured their third single “1960s”. With an unforgettable horn riff and a nod to the party people of the past, “1960s” gave TGS the opportunity to branch out and reach audiences in Brisbane and Melbourne – as well as further cementing their name in the Sydney, Canberra and Woolongong music scenes. The tour ended with three shows at the National Folk Festival. With interest increasing as each show came and went, the final show had the performance tent bursting at the seams. The cherry on top of an already bumper year was the chance to perform in Conagh’s home town at the Inland Sea of Sound Festival. Taking the stage alongside Bernard Fanning, Meg Mac, Dan Sultan and Meghan Washington was a great way to welcome summer.
The Gypsy Scholars next step was into the renowned Rancom St Studios in Botany. Working with award winning engineer Ted Howard to record their self-funded EP to be released in 2018. ‘Cold Hands’ is the first single to be released from the EP, and The Gypsy Scholars are taking it up and down the East Coast. ‘Cold Hands’ is a tale that we all live, of a life made up of different twists, turns and trials which can build to be overbearing – only to remind us that solace can be found in warm memories. The track is delicately recorded and mixed which, alongside more refined writing style splattered with Scholar one-liners. So if you check your rear vision mirror this summer don’t be surprised if you see an over flowing hatchback rolling up and down the coastal highways blasting ‘Cold Hands’.