Sylvia Platypus is Philadelphia’s (and possibly the world’s) only psycho-Celtic glam-blues band. Burn’s supper at the Avalon Ballroom would sound something like this. Take the vocal mannerisms reminiscent of Edith Piaf and John Lee Hooker and combine them with a stage presence that is equal parts James Brown and Judy Garland, and you have some idea of Janet Bressler’s lead-singer style . Add the soul-searing Waddy Wachtel-meets-Brian May guitar work of Bill Barone (formerly of the ’70′s era German symphonic rock band, “Wallenstein”) , the heart-stirring musical textures of award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Rutan on highland and uilleann pipes, tin whistles, English horn and Neopolitan zampogna, and the take-no-prisoners rhythm section of Michael Southerton on rhythm guitar, Ruchama Bilenky on bass, and Rosalba Gallo on drums and you get a six-piece outfit (three men, three women) that delivers a tough and tender genre-busting impact.
Download MP3: “Pass the Tankard, Wench (Gael’s Reel)”
Hometown: Philadelphia PA USA
Similiar: Jefferson Airplane, Tannahil Weavers, the Yardbirds, Steeleye Span, Nina Simone
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