Romana Geermans and Matthew Fagan.

 

TEN-string guitarist Matthew Fagan returns to Bendigo, his place of birth, with Czech violinist Romana Geermans next weekend.

Gypsy Fire is a live show performed with passion, renewed vigour and virtuosity featuring gypsy swing jazz, eastern European gypsy and classical European repertoire including Vivaldi Four Seasons and O’Carolan’s Celtic harp and lute music arranged for guitar and violin.

The duo also share music composed from their musical partnership formed in Australia including original Celtic and Flamenco music.

Gypsy Fire was founded by Matthew in 1997 and pioneered gypsy jazz in Australia with fiery performances at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, national touring at major arts centres

Geermans, from Prague, twice won the prestigious Kocian International violin competition and at age 15 toured with the renowned Czechoslovak Chamber Orchestra for seven years.

She has toured extensively in Australia with orchestras and groups.

Fagan is one of Australia’s most engaging, versatile and imaginative musicians and has toured with Natalie Cole, The Original Buena Vista Social Club, Billy Connolly, Shirley Bassey and Michael Crawford.

The show is on Sunday, April 22 at 3pm at the Engine Room at the Capital, 50 View Street, Bendigo. Tickets are $35 at www.gotix.com.au