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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:

  • Musicnotes Musical Career Achievement Award.
  • 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

Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest !! wahoo !!

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Paramount Center for the Arts

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MAMA Awards 2018

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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…
One of the few outstanding bands…

Upcoming Dates

Date/Time Event
Dec 14
7:00 pm
Holiday Spirits Live in Hartford WI
Schauer Arts Center, Hartford WI
Dec 15
7:00 pm
Holiday Spirits Live in Dawson MN
Memorial Auditorium, Dawson MN
Dec 16
2:00 pm
Holiday Spirits Live in Fairmont, MN
Fairmont Opera House, Fairmont MN
Jan 5
8:00 pm
Live in Madison !
North Street Cabaret, Madison WI
Jan 12
7:30 pm
Live in Freemont MI !
Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts, Freemont MI
Feb 15 - Feb 16
7:30 am
Midwinter Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest !
The Brink Lounge, Madison WI
Mar 14
7:30 pm
Live in Marion
The Ohio State University, Marion OH

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


Bohemian Tango Tee Shirt

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

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Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest Tee Shirt

In Mens (Brown) and in Ladies (Blue)

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Django Hoodie

Django Reinhardt / Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest Hoodie

Buy Now – $25