I have not bolgged for a while as I’ve not been well and the last few days the wife and I have been on our twice yearly trip away together, a must for anyone with kids and wanting to keep a healthy relationship. This time we used it as an excuse to go and see one of my hero’s Eugine Hutz from the band GOGOL BORDELLO. He is from the Ukrane but lives in new york, and has a brilliant mix of punk and gypsy music.
However this time the show was a film by Pavla Fleischer following Eugine back to his gypsy roots in eastern Europe. Here he meets some of the most talented musicians, who are also some of the poorest and most forgotten people in the western world. These people are not granted any rights and are just shut away, indigenous rights are not given to these people, they are not the large caravan owning people of England, they are poor in the saddest way.
What I admire about this man is that he may have a big ego but he is so passionate about this world and getting back to real music. In an interview after the film he said that gypsy music is any music played anywhere when a bunch of people get together and just play. This was a brilliant night and we ended up meeting him after the showing and got to chat about things he said when he started the band it was more about being an actavist for bringing attention to these people not selling T-shirts.