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.
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.
"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