Have you ever had a chance meeting with a stranger that led to a great new discovery? I recently experienced this when I met someone wearing a t-shirt for The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, an American folk-rock band.
While you don’t usually expect chance encounters with strangers to result in musical suggestions, this day was one of those days. I had never heard of the band before, but their music appeared unique and distinctive, so I decided to learn more about them. And I’m glad I did. So now it’s your turn!
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, also known as The Grand Slambovians or Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, is a band from Sleepy Hollow, New York, making music since the 1990s. They’re best known for their unique blend of folk, rock, and punk and their excellent stage presence and live shows. Many of their fans have earned themselves a reputation for being some of the most dedicated fans in music. It’s been claimed that some of their followers will travel hundreds of miles to see them perform live. In addition, fans get together yearly for Grand Slambovian Hillbilly Pirate Balls, costumed parties in London and New York held in the run-up to Halloween. How cool is that?
While the band went a long while without releasing a studio album, they are now back with their recent 2022 release, A Very Unusual Head. The album took four years to record and was recorded in 5 different studios across two countries. The album’s songs focus on science – “Force of Nature (Stephen Hawking’s Lament),” the creative mind – “Solve It All Dāli,” theology’s wandering path – “Brilliantly Dumb,” and many other brilliant topics. You can currently purchase the album on their website and stream it on major streaming services such as Spotify. I recommend it highly!
That random stranger who recommended this fun group deserves a huge thank you. I would have missed out on a fantastic band if it wasn’t for them. So wherever you are, thank you!
And to everyone else: if you’re ever feeling lost in the music world, don’t be afraid to ask a stranger for directions – you never know where it might lead you!
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams Tour Dates
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams @ Falcon
Rock & Roll Steampunk Fair 2022
Bob Dylan Tribute Festival 2022
Spire Center for Performing Arts
Iron Horse Music Hall
Saturday, July 2 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 10 @ 2:00 PM
6 On the Square
Saturday, July 16 @ 8:00 PM
Vinegar Hill Music Theatre
Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2022
The Hare and Hounds
Tuesday, August 16 @ 7:45 PM
Wednesday, August 17 @ 8:00 PM
The Crescent Community Venue
Thursday, August 18 @ 7:30 PM
Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue
Manchester Rugby Club
Colchester Arts Centre
Thursday, August 25 @ 7:30 PM
The Park Center
Porcupine Mountain Music Festival 2022
Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival 2022