In November 2017, The Original Gypsies played a sell-out concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
It was wonderful seeing Canut and Paul from the famous Reyes Gipsy family joining Chico and the other band members on stage, playing all the old favourites as well as new songs. With fifteen musicians on stage, the Gypsies are like one big family, living and touring together – former legendary members of the Gipsy Kings, Chico, Canut Reyes and Paul Reyes:
Following an exceptional concert at the Royal Festival Hall, the group flew to Tokyo, Japan for the seventh year running where they performed at The Blue Note with two shows a day. The Gypsies love going to Japan and are always interested in the culture and of course Sushi!
The Original Gypsies have partnered with Marshall Arts Talent, with Kevin Moss having kept the band busy by ensuring they were booked throughout 2018. Marshall Arts are now securing worldwide events for 2019.
Whilst performing in Rio de Janeiro and in Palm Beach USA, it was exciting to see sold-out venues and audiences dancing non-stop throughout the two hour concerts. The band also had great fun performing at the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza at the beginning of the summer, where the audiences went wild and so the band hope to return next summer.
Next stop was Prague where the band had a wonderful time enjoying the sights and not just playing the Venues, but spontaneously in the streets, which were full of tourists and delighting the crowds as the band did in their early years. The crowds overwhelmed the band as they did in the next stop of the tour, which was Bratislava. One of the Original Gypsies favourite locations was Venice, where the group are always received with such warmth and affection.
Shanghai, China was a unique experience where the music and passion of the Original Gypsies was enjoyed by large appreciative audiences who danced the night away. One of the highlights of the tour was performing at the prestigious WOMAD UK Festival where the band spent an amazing few days performing, recording and interviewing live tracks for BBC Radio and watching other world-class artists performing.
The German part of the tour started with festival Shows, followed by a series of concerts in Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Berlin, all with sell-out audiences and standing ovations, so many thanks must go to Semmell, who did a wonderful job organising this part of the tour. On the last leg of the tour and on their way home, The Original Gypsies played in Paris at a warm, and beautifully attired Salle Pleyel Theatre, with equally warm and inviting audiences.
Throughout the year the band play a monthly date at Chico’s ranch, El Patio in Arles, the Gypsies home town. Chico’s ranch is dedicated to the culture and lifestyle of the Gipsy way of life and is an accolade to the history of Gipsies. Over 500 guests enjoy a wonderful evening with traditional Paella, Flamenco dancers, superb Gypsy music all creating an atmosphere which is a real fiesta celebration. The Original Gypsy 2018 tour ended with a return to Japan for additional dates at The Blue Note.
2019 is clearly going to be a busy and exciting time for the Gypsies. Working with top producer Tefa, the band has produced a wonderful new album with Latino Gipsy feel and some exciting mixes. The album will be released through Universal Music early 2019.
As an early look into the future, the Original Gypsies already have an impressive concert diary, with performances already booked for WOMAD Australia, New Zealand for March with further concerts in Israel, Germany, Spain and France throughout 2019.
Like all Gipsies, a life on the road gives the band great pleasure and joy, bringing their special style of music and culture so everyone can enjoy the warmth, music and Gipsy culture to the fans. The band is looking forward to 2019 and meeting old fans and making some new ones, so that everyone can Fiesta together.
The Gypsy family of musicians includes: Chico, Canut Reyes, Paul Reyes, Jose Reyes, Joseph Gautier, Manuel Deleria, Antoine Abardonada, Jean Claude Vila, Jean Pierre Cargol, Jean Farre, Frederik Breton, Tony Ballester, Ben Chaa Abbas, Pee Wee, Eric Lafont.