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Gypsy Soul returns for Christmas show

Roman Morykit and Cilette Swann, Gypsy Soul, are coming back to Prescott for a show full of Christmas music. (Tom Agostino/Courtesy)

Roman Morykit and Cilette Swann, Gypsy Soul, are coming back to Prescott for a show full of Christmas music. (Tom Agostino/Courtesy)

Gypsy Soul, the duo Orange County Weekly called “one of the most brilliantly instrumented and vocally adept bands alive and kicking,” is returning to Prescott for a show full of Christmas music this weekend.

It’s called “A Gift Within the Song.”

Presented by The Folk Sessions, they’ve performed in the area a couple of times but have never come for a Christmas concert, said Folk Sessions Director Tom Agostino. However, even though they’ve only done their usual repertoire, Agostino said he knew they had some Christmas music.

“A couple years ago, when we did our little charity CD for the Coalition for Compassion and Justice, they gave us a song, ‘Coventry Carol,” he said. “I knew they had at least one, if not two, holiday (songs).”

Gypsy Soul is comprised of Roman Morykit and Cilette Swann who developed their songwriting style and acoustic roots-and-soul sound in Scotland where they met and made a promise to each other to make their living and their lives from their art, according to a prior news release from Agostino. They’ve been together for 25 years and have had a Top 40 hit with “Silent Tears” and have won numerous songwriting and performance awards including International Acoustic Music Awards, Independent Music Awards and Lilith Fair.

For anyone who has not seen them, nowhere else is there a duo who has a big sound quite like Gypsy Soul, Agostino said. Further, to be in Swann’s presence is a treat, he said, calling her one of the finer vocalists there is.

“Cilette is really one of the better singers on the planet,” he said. “Hearing her sing so many beautiful songs should be pretty neat.”

Not only does Agostino look forward to hearing them, but they’ve become friends over the years and he said he also looks forward to seeing them.

The show is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St. Tickets are $20 for the sides of the theater and $30 for the middle and can be purchased online at www.pca-az.net.

For more information about Gypsy Soul, visit www.gypsysoul.com.