The Wildly Swinging Americana Blues of the Wiyos

The Earlville Opera House welcomes the wild Vaudevillian blues of the Wiyos on Sunday, April 7 pm. They capture the exuberance of the 1920s era of raucous swinging jug bands. The band is touring in support of their most recent CD One More For the Road.  

The band’s 2012 concept album Twist, inspired by L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz,” has gained the Wiyos global acclaim by winning the 12th annual Independent Music Award for best concept album. The Los Angelos Times calls them “fabulously skilled and inspired kooks.”

“The Wiyos, a Brooklyn Based Trio named after one of new York’s toughest old-time street gangs, draws on rural blues, spirituals, and Appalachian jug-band music… the group brings exuberance and maverick intensity to these vintage styles.” – The New Yorker

“They take the wonderful western swing of Bob Wills, the blues of Blind Willie McTell, the jazz of The Washboard Rhythm Kings (who at times featured the likes of Jellyroll Morton and Henry “Red” Allen), and combines them with the musings of a Beck with the creativity of a Beatles disc.” Bob Gottleib, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

The Wiyos, including Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and Seth Travins,  were one of the first “old-timey” acoustic bands to emerge on the national scene riding the renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. They play all manner of guitar, cornet, double bass, rubboard, harmonica and sundry items that are hit in rhythm.  Their tours of the U.S. and Europe as well as their critically acclaimed albums landed them a full summer opening for the 2009 Bob Dylan Tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp.

The band has made fans in the U.K. with British music critic Simon Holland praising a live show, “In addition to their obvious, abundant musicianship, there was a level of showmanship and performance on display that made the evening extraordinary.”

Take a listen to the Vaudevillian ragtime/jugband/blues/hillbilly/swing of The Wiyos at these links:

Cornbread and Butterbeans 
The Wiyos perform at Middle Earth in Bradford, Vermont on March 9, 2007.

Promenade Live from the BBC showcases their vocal harmonies!

Tin Man.from their album Twist based on the Wizard of Oz

Rag Mama Rag Live the Brooklyn Lyceum on Nov. 3, 2007.

Dying Crapshooter Blues Live the Brooklyn Lyceum on Nov. 3, 2007.

Join us for a swinging evening of wild Vaudevillian blues in the Arts Café on April 6th!  Seating is limited.  Admission is $20 and $18 for EOH members and students are discounted to $15.  The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

The Arts Café Spring Series continues with the VanNorstrand Brothers, Andrew and Noah, who bring their finely honed vocal harmonies and masterful instrumentals on Saturday, April 26th.  Andrew and Noah are a true brother duo in the line of the Stanleys or the Everlys. Their music is recommended if you like Nickel Creek or Solas (CD Baby).

On Tuesday, April 29, in a special collaboration with Colgate University and Writing for Peace, don’t miss a chance to hear Sam Hamill, one of the most highly regarded poets of our timel.  His reading is entitled “Writing for Peace,” and it will be followed by an in-depth discussion ” The Practice of Poetry,”with Q &A. Sam Hamill co-founded the Copper Canyon Press and began the Poets Against War movement.

Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery.  The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.

More news about the upcoming Summer Season is appearing online every day! For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.


The Wiyos

The Wiyos playing live at our sister venue the Nelson Odeon!

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members

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