Singing for those in need

For the past eight years, Rogue Valley audiences have been treated to a holiday concert featuring the husband and wife duo Gypsy Soul. Part of the proceeds of the concerts have been donated to WinterSpring Center for Transforming Grief and Loss.

This year's performance will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the general-seating event. Guest musicians include Mikey Stevens, Daniel Sperry, Duane Whitcomb and Jeffrey Smith. Jefferson Public Radio's Eric Alan will emcee.

There will be raffle at the concert with prizes donated by many local merchants. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Gypsy Soul's music has been characterized as a blend of acoustic rock with Celtic and Americana roots. Canadian/U.S. singer and lyricist Swann traveled to Europe chasing her Celtic roots.

After a few years singing in French jazz clubs, her quest took her to Scotland, where she met musician and producer Morykit. Swann's roots are Irish and South African.

Morykit was born in England to parents of Italian and Ukrainian descent. The two have traveled the world together and between them, have lived in five countries.

You can hear all of these cultures converging in their music. The duo blends its distinctive acoustic soul with a generous infusion of English blues, jazz and folk stylings. Swann writes the lyrics, and Morykit provides the music on guitar and bass that have become Gypsy Soul trademarks.

After 12 years, Swann and Morykit have recorded 10 CDs. Morykit records and produces all of the group's CDs in his studio for its Off the Beaten Track label. Since breaking onto the U.S. music scene with a Top-40 Adult Contemporary hit "Silent Tears," Gypsy Soul has sold more than 110,000 CDs in the U.S. alone without label support.

The group's music has aired in numerous countries and more than 100 times in several MTV specials, movies-of-the-week, radio shows and feature films, including "Providence," "Felicity," "Roswell," "After Sex," "Quicksand" and others. A local TV commercial is currently airing until Dec. 13 on CNN, MSNBC, Bravo and other networks.

Gypsy Soul has performed on the same stage with many Grammy award winners, including Los Lobos, Edie Brickell and Beth Neilsen-Chapman. Los Angeles radio station KLOS described their sound as "Gourmet Music."

Gypsy Soul has garnered "Critics Choice" in over 65 publications. The Orange County Weekly called Gypsy Soul "one of the most brilliantly instrumented and vocally adept bands alive and kicking."

The group's 2007 release earned the duo a top charting positions on both the International New Age and Folk DJ Charts. Their latest CD, "Wanderlust," was released just months ago.

Next up for the traveling troubadours is their third annual Seattle Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 21, and Neal Donald Walsch's Christmas Eve program at Ashland Springs Hotel.

Tickets for the Historic Ashland Armory show are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for children under 12. (No infants please; it is not a children's Christmas concert.)

Tickets are available by calling 800-838-3006; online at; at the Music Coop, Ashland; and Willow Creek, Jacksonville. See

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