Originally Published: November 23, 2013 6:03 a.m.
Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit promise to "be more than just a guy with a guitar and a gal singing" when they appear in Prescott Friday, Nov. 29.
Morykit said this duo "likes to spice it up" with Swann's melodic voice and his instrumentation.
Morykit is primarily a bass player and a "guitar player by default," and also plucks the strings of a slide guitar, an electric fretless bass and an acoustic guitar. When he adds his looper to the mix, "people never know what's going to come next."
A looper is a special effect that lets the musician record what he is playing and then "loop" it while he plays over the top - even in multiple layers.
"It sounds like a rhythm player playing with us," he said. "It adds a new element beyond just the guitar. People watch me make the loop. It's a richer sound."
Swann and Morykit call their band Gypsy Soul, and their two-set performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Prescott Center for the Arts, corner of Willis and Marina streets. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. To get tickets, call the PCA at 445-3286 or visit www.pca-az.net.
Swann and Morykit, who will observe their 22nd wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day, both grew up in the world of music. He has a brother who is a concert pianist, and she and her siblings all sing.
"As we grew into our 20s, we branched out and did our own things," Swann said.
Swan is a lyricist and singer and was born in Canada of South African and Irish heritage. Morykit, a composer, musician and producer of their show, was born in England of Ukrainian and Italian heritage.
"The musical pair first met in Edinburgh, Scotland, and "it was musical lust at first sight," Swann says on their website.
He says on their site, "When I first heard her sing, it was one of those 'oh my God' moments. I was just excited to find someone that talented who could create together with me."
Gypsy Soul travels mostly in the western region of the United States and occasionally to Europe. Based in Jacksonville, Ore., the couple have 18 events on their calendar in four states before Christmas.
Their music, Morykit said, "is a cross between Sheryl Crow and Eva Cassidy meets Coldplay and Fleetwood Mac. It has an Americana sensibility to it."
Swann writes the lyrics and Morykit the music for their original songs. Their inspiration "could be anything around us," Morykit said by cell phone, as they drove into Sedona this past Friday.
He mentioned that Sedona's red rocks and mist from the rain that day "evoke a mood to inspire music."
Or, he said, Swann could be inspired by a conversation or by something she feels.
During their Prescott performance, they will sing songs from their new CD, "The World Is My County."
One of the melodies, "Soul of Girl," tells of a "conversation that I would like to go back to in time and talk to my younger self," Swann said. "I tell her not to grow up so quickly."
The couple said when parents hear that song, "they want to buy it for their daughters."