Thursday, 16 February 2012 23:41

Feel the Manouche

Feel the Manouche Feel the Manouche

Manouche is a term derived from the Romany gypsies of Europe, what we in Australia call gypsy jazz.

This fine band has been put together by it's individual members as an exercise in small group swing.

Feel the Manouche has a 'world music' feel. Through it's use of double bass, guitar, accordion & fiddle, the band

achieves a strong melodic groove that can take on gypsy waltzes, swing jazz, choro and many other flavours of music from

our diverse planet. We invite you to sit back and 'Feel the Manouche'.


The return to Colbourne Ave of George Washingmachine on violin, ukelele & vocal, with Arthur Washington on guitar, Clare O’Meara on acccordion, violin & vocal, and Stan Valacos on double bass.

Excerpts from a review by Lloyd Bradford Syke, in Australian Stage:

Feel The Manouche, headed by the irrepressible George Washingmachine, takes its cure from these 1930s origins, but isn't so singleminded or obsessed that it's unprepared to step further back in time. Or leave France for other shores: Germany & Venezuela, to name but two. The group even plays Bach (and brilliantly) to prove the point. The point being classical music, too, has had its influences on jazz. At least this kind of jazz. And at least this kind of classical. Who, this side of a bona fide musicologist, can say if the likes of the Strausses influenced the so-called musette waltz so intrinsic to manouche, to boot? Nor is choro (or chorino, the Brazilian form translating as little lament) beyond its scope.

There can be no more genial host than MC Washingmachine (just don't cross him, he's easily agitated), not any more congenial, comfy, loungeroom-away-from-home laid-back than Glebe's Colbourne Avenue; warm (a little too much so, last night), intimate and acoustically ideal.... it quietly, almost secretively attracts the established and emerging creme de la creme of jazz (and beyond) composers and players; week in, week out.