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Harmonious Wail

Americana flavored Gypsy Jazz on full tilt! Harmonious Wail combines the searing wit, humor and mandolin virtuosity of vintage Jethro Burns performances, the Continental panache of Django and charm of Edith Piath inspired vocals to create a unique musical journey.

“In the gypsy jazz field, no one does it any better than the Madison, Wisconsin based group Harmonious Wail.”
-Jazz Review

”Intense playing & sense of purpose that never wavers… a mind altering experience.”
-The Washington Examiner

MAMA awards include:

  • Best Jazz CD – Bohemian Tango 2014, Vegan Zombie’s Lament 2011
  • Best Jazz Song – Bohemian Tango
  • Best Jazz Performer
  • Best Ensemble Vocalists of the Year
  • Favorite Jazz Band – Isthmus Readers Poll
  • Best World Artist and Best World Song
  • Best Instrumentalist

Latest News

The Henry Mac Fund wants to give you a chance at owning this Beautiful Mandolin

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Reflections of our 2017 Ireland tour and planning ahead for Oct. 2018

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January 2017 Wail stuff

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Reviews

If This doesn’t set your toe to tapping and put a smile on your face, you should probably get medication.
No one does it any better…careful you won’t combust.
Phillip Wong, JazzReview.com
Popping-hot, double-roasted folk-jazz…
Roots World Magazine
They lithely bop… tight harmonizing… spicy… romantically old-fashioned…
SixMoons.com
One of the few outstanding bands…
TaipeTimes.com

Upcoming Dates

Date/Time Event
Dec 31
9:45 pm
New Years Eve
Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, Madison WI
Jan 6
7:00 pm
Bring in the New Year
The Brink Lounge, Madison WI
Feb 2 - Feb 3
7:00 pm
Midwinter Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest
The Brink Lounge, Madison WI
Feb 16
7:30 pm
Live in Menomonie
Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, Menonomie WI
Feb 28
8:00 pm
Live in Fish Creek
The White Gull Inn, Fish Creek WI
Mar 14
7:30 pm
Live in Marion
The Ohio State University, Marion OH
May 11
7:30 pm
Live in Stoughton
Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton Wisconsin
Sep 27
7:00 pm
Live in Wisconsin Rapids
McMillan Library, Wisconsin Rapids WI
Oct 18 - Oct 28
12:00 am
Live in Ireland

Bohemian Tango out now!

A wonderful blend of Americana-flavoured Gypsy Jazz – mandolin driven with possibly the best female singer – ever! This is the Wail’s eighth recording and celebrates the entrance into the second quarter-life of the band. There is feeling of uplift thru-out the entire CD. HW is a Maggie; vocal-percussion / Sims; mandolin-guitar-ukulele / Jeffo; acoustic stand up and electric 5 string bass trio. Guest artists on this CD are Dave Adler; piano and melodica, Les Thimmig; saxophone, Kelby Kryshak; drums, Gonzalo Bergara and Mark Kreitzer; guitar.

Holiday Spirits Out Now!

This recording was really joyful to make. Harmonious Wail’s favorite Holiday tunes, plus a drink recipe called Wail n’ Good Cheer (hence the “spirits”!)
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The Band

Sims Delaney-Potthoff
Sims Delaney-PotthoffMandolin, Vocals
Maggie Delaney-Potthoff
Maggie Delaney-Potthoff Vocals, Percussion
Jeffo Weiss
Jeffo WeissBass

Merch

Bohemian Tango Tee Shirt

Beautiful artwork by Daniella Willett-Rabin www.daniellawr.com

Buy Now – $15

Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest Tee Shirt

In Mens (Brown) and in Ladies (Blue)

Buy Now – $15

Django Hoodie

Django Reinhardt / Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest Hoodie

Buy Now – $15