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Voodoo Gypsy Blues comin' to SLC, Ogden

Eric McFadden has been playing macabre gypsy blues with a carnival sound and image since the early ‘90s. Think Tom Waits meets the Yard Dogs Road Show.---

The gypsy/carnival thing has definitely become more popular in recent years. Bands like Devotchka have trapeze artists dancing above the stage. There are travelling troupes like the Yard Dogs and March Fourth Marching Band that are a culmination of circus sideshows. Then there are bands like Gogol Bordello and Beiruit who have borrowed from the gypsy sound and/or image.

“It’s interesting,” McFadden says, “when what you’ve been doing for years and years suddenly starts to become trendy.” McFadden has noticed a lot of new faces at gig. “I guess whatever you do will eventually come around.”

The gypsy thing has long interested McFadden because, as he explains, “I’ve been drawn to that music for a number of reasons; namely, the intensity and the passion of the people who create that music.”

It doesn’t stop at gyspy music, however. McFadden’s influences run far and wide.

“My music is a culmination of all my experiences,” McFadden explains, “As a kid I listened to flamenco and it became a part of my music. The same thing happened with the blues.” Add jazz, rock, bluegrass, and punk and you’ll start to get the picture.

“Basically,” McFadden continues, “you’re trying to get to the essence of it. It’s really about diggin’ deep and expressing yourself with the tools you’ve got. It’s raw expression.”

McFadden consumes genres until they become part of him and make him stronger.

“The idea of learning anything is to learn it so well that is just comes naturally.” That is why McFadden is an often sought-after session musician. He has played in George Clinton’s P-Funk Allstars, he’s played with Les Claypool, He’s supported Eric Burdon, and he still plays with the collective Stockholme Syndrome.

EMT should not be missed.

The Eric McFadden Trio (EMT) is coming to Salt Lake for a pre-NYE show Dec.30 at Hog’s Wallow in Sandy. Cover is $10. They'll also be playing Brewski's in Ogden Jan. 1 at 9 p.m.; cover is $5.