BOHEMIAN NIGHTS

BOHEMIAN NIGHTS

A popular, versatile roving & concert duo featuring accordion/piano/vocal and violin duo. Their large, diverse repertoire includes gypsy, klezmer, jazz, continental, tango and light classical music.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Bohemian Nights

Violinist Ernie Gruner and accordionist/singer Phil Carrollplay Gypsy, Klezmer, Middle-Eastern, French, Italian, Russian, jazz and tango music which range from soulful to wild. They have both studied overseas, and play and record together in larger bands (Klezmeritis, Yalla!, Flirting Mazurkas).

Australian concerts highlights include the National Folk Festival and National Multicultural Festival. Phil and Ernie’s five NZ tours have included the Wellington & Dunedin Folk Festivals and the Christchurch Jazz Festival.

Ernie specializes in Jewish music and Phil specializes in Middle-Eastern usic. They have worked together with theatre and dance events for Russian, Armenian, Jewish, Turkish, French and Italian and other productions and communities, as well as parties and weddings.

BOHEMIAN NIGHTSare as experienced at concerts as at the European artform of serenading at tables and taking requests as well as creating atmosphere in a street festival.
The duo was originally named Gypsy Nights after a famous duo that entertained in the restaurants and cafes of Budapest in the 1930s.

Performance History

Selected performances include a one year weekly residency at The Block Arcade, The Regent, RACV Club, Titanic Theatre Restaurant, Melbourne Food and Wine Festivals, Australian Short Story Awards, Boorondara Federation Dinner, Bundoora Art Gallery opening. Theatre Collaborations : Theatro Chameleon (Blue Absence), Mt Waverley Theatre (Emma Celebrazione)
Many corporate functions, weddings, parties, shopping centres, as well as concerts and festivals.

 

Quotes

"Your music and your general professionalism played a big part in creating the perfect party atmosphere, fun for all concerned. Everyone had a great time, you were both so easy to deal with and the breadth of your repertoire is truly amazing!"  

Alison Richards - Birthday Party, May 2011

"You guys were, as always, great entertainment. You are so much more than a couple of musicians - you have such exuberance and the music you play is evocative of all sorts of memories, travels, times past etc. We all loved your playing - thankyou. " April 2009

-  60th birthday client who saw us again at Budapest Restaurant

a fantastic concert in Welly last night. French, Turkish, Gypsy, Klezmer ...... Loads of enthusiasm, brilliant musicality.Go see. slan Sue Ikin (director Wellington Folk Festival) July 2007

Your performance added immeasurably to the event - it put everyone in a fantastic party mood. Mary Lou Jelbart - fortyfivedownstairs 2005

It was a fantastic concert, what a way to start the series, people are still raving about it all over town.

Anna Shaw WANAKA New Zealand Tour  July 2005

 

It was a pleasure to see you again and enjoy your fabulous concert; we had a lot of positive feedback

Mathilda Schorer PUKEHOE New Zealand Tour July 2005

 

Thank you so so much for the wonderful music the other night. It was perfect for the night and I am glad that I put off my party that extra month so that you guys would be back to play.

A lot of people commented on how fantastic the music and the dancing was, it lifted everything in a swirl of fabulous atmosphere.

Bagryana Popov July 2005

"dazzled, and entertained- these guys knew how to do the biz, with Klezmer, jazz, gypsy, tango, and a bit of classical thrown into the mix."  -Wellington NZ folk festival

"Played with sensitivity and humor, the music generated an energy that could only be expressed through dancing"
Wyreena Arts Centre 2002

"Awesome performance" Greymouth NZ

"Bloody great night" Wellington Folk Club NZ

"Great to see people so passionately involved in keeping alive such colorful musical traditions....their music speaks to everyone" Penguin Club NZ

Repertoire

We take requests!!!

Jazz/Swing

  • Aint Misbehavin(vocals)
  • Beginning To See The Light
  • Don’tMeanAThing(vocals)
  • Is You Is(vocals)
  • Makin Whoopee(vocals)
  • Minor Swing
  • My Blue Heaven(vocals)
  • Pennies From Heaven
  • Please Dont Talk About Me
  • Polkadots and Moonbeams
  • Sentimental Journey
  • T’aint What You Do
  • The Glory Of Love

 

Jewish

  • Ale Brider (vocals)
  • Bei Mir Bist du Schon(vocals)
  • Fiddler On The Roof
  • Hava Nagilah(vocals)
  • Klezmer Tunes
  • Mazeltov
  • Shalom Alachem(vocals)
  • Tum Balalaika (vocals)

German

  • Beer Barrell Polka
  • Ein Prosit
  • Luxemburg Polka
  • Valerie Valera

Classical

  • Boccherini
  • Cavatina
  • Habanera
  • Liebestraum
  • Pachelbel’s Cannon
  • Strauss Waltzes

Anglo/Folk

  • Jig Medley
  • Reel Medley
  • Londonerry Air
  • Ashoken Farewell
  • Sailors Hornpipe
  • Irish Waltzes
  • Irish Eyes(vocals)
  • Danny Boy(vocals)

French

  • A Man And A woman
  • Alouette  (vocals)
  • Autumn Leaves
  • CanCan
  • C’est Si Bon
  • Charade
  • I  Wish you Love
  • I Love Paris
  • If I Stay Forever
  • J’Attendrai
  • Je Ne Regrette Rien
  • La  Mer
  • La Foulle
  • La Goulante(vocals)
  • La Mer
  • La Seine
  • La Vie En Rose(vocals)
  • L’Accordioniste:
  • Le Marsellaise
  • Les Miserables
  • Les Negresses Vertes Waltz
  • Mi Lord(vocals)
  • Michelle:
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Padam:
  • Paris Tango
  • Petite Fleur
  • Pigalle
  • Plaisir D’Amour
  • Sous le Ciel de Paris
  • Sous Le Pont de Paris
  • Third Man Theme
  • Tintine (vocals)
  • Tit Galop(vocals)
  • Under The Bridges Of Paris

Greek

  • Never On A Sunday
  • Ruby My Love
  • White Dove Of Athens
  • Zorba

Gypsy/Russian

  • Czardis (Monti)
  • Czardis (Russian)
  • Dark Eyes(vocals)
  • Hungarian Dance no.5
  • Kalinka(vocals)
  • Katuisha(vocals)
  • Lara’s Theme
  • Those Were The Days(vocals)
  • Troika Medley

 

Italian

  • Arriverderci Roma
  • Bella Ciao:
  • Calabrisella Mia
  • Campagnolla Bella:
  • Cappricioni Italiano
  • Carnival Of Venice
  • Chicken (Duck) Dance
  • Ciao Ciao Bambino
  • Come Back To Sorrento
  • Come Prima
  • Come Tu Facetta Mametto
  • ConTe Partiro (Bocelli:)
  • Cuiccio Bedu:
  • Finiculi Finicula (vocals)
  • Forget About Domani
  • Godfather Theme
  • Isle Of Capri
  • Libiamo (Verdi)
  • Love Story
  • Mambo Italiano(vocals)
  • Marina(vocals)
  • More
  • Nessun Dorma
  • Non Dimenticar
  • O Solo Mio
  • Quando quando
  • Que Sera
  • Ragazzioni(Veni Veni)
  • Romeo and Juliette
  • Santa Lucia
  • Tarantellas (vocals)
  • That’s Amore (vocals)
  • Three Coins in The Fountain
  • Tiamo
  • Tiribomba
  • Un Mazziolini Fiori
  • Volare(vocals)

Latin

  • Bessame Mucho(vocals)
  • Black Orpheus
  • El Cumbenchero(vocals)
  • Hernando’s Hideaway(vocals)

Jealousy:

  • La Paloma
  • Perfidia
  • Sway
  • Tangos
  • Tequila
  • Y Viva Espana(vocals)

plus

  • Serbian
  • Polish
  • Croatian
  • Arabic
  • Turkish
  • Macedonian
  • Christmas
  • Oldtime
  • etc.

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