Originally Published: October 26, 2007 1:05 a.m.
Lush, enchanting melodies and masterful guitar work in a seductive blend of progressive acoustic, Celtic and American is one way to describe the alluring music of Gypsy Soul.
The husband and wife duo of singer/lyricist Cilette Swann and writer/producer Roman Morykit has sold more than 100,000 copies of their eight independently released CDs and earned the distinction of "Critics Choice" in more than 50 publications and metropolitan newspapers, according to their bio.
Their show is a Folk Sessions highlight; Tom Agostino has talked about them for months, describing their music as anything other than the usual comparisons to Celtic or folk.
"They're all over the place, but that's what makes them so interesting," he said.
Swann states in an interview that their music shows their cultural roots.
Morykit was born in England of Ukrainian and Italian parents; Swann is from Canada as is of Irish and South African heritage.
The two met in Scotland and have lived in five different countries, and are currently residing in northern Oregon.
Gypsy Soul is currently touring in support of their latest release, a covers album featuring acoustic roots versions of songs from their favorite artists, which include Peter Gabriel, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Rod Stewart.
Several clips are available on their website, www.gypsysoul.com.
Gypsy Soul performs 7 p.m., Friday at Granite Peak Universalist Hall, 882 Sunset Drive. Admission is $15.