“They have an air of both Floyd and maybe Bowie at times atop their folkcountry roots (note, not fauxcountry) – but it’s done with a warmth and comfort of a mystical Nebraska or poetic Crazy Horse.” – Sleazegrinder, UK
Together since the late 90’s, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams began in Sleepy Hollow, NY as an art school project. Known for their electrifying live performances the band has toured nationally and abroad, playing a moody but upbeat alt-roots rock with an extensive instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello, mandolin, theremin).
Pioneers of the Americana genre, the band’s music is equal parts Washington Irving, Woodstock and a touch of British Invasion singing dusty Americana ballads against Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. “The entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo’s voice.”- The Big Issue, Scotland, U.K.
Described as a "hillbilly Pink Floyd,” elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, Bowie and Syd Barrett thrown in for good measure.
Headliners of major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, this band has a devoted cult following. Lead singer-songwriter Joziah Longo’s voice is described as “Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic". He is joined by Sharkey McEwen (guitar, mandolin) and Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, keys, flute).
Summer 2021 the band will return to the UK with Matthew Abourezk on drums and RJ Mac Carthaigh on bass.
“They take the stage by storm!” – NY Times
“Simply one of the finest American bands” – All Music Guide
“More than a concert, an encounter...” – Levitt Concert Series, NY
"9 out of 10 - Love at first spin!" – Americana UK
“Longo is an awesome songwriter” – Garth Hudson, The Band
"The best band since The Beatles" – Jim Pons, John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band
Born in Philadelphia, grew up playing traditional country, folk and mummers music with his father. Performing professionally from the age of 13 doing Dylan covers, he moved to New York to pursue his muse. Playing venues ranging from CBGB’s to Carnegie Hall as a headline performer, Joziah was also the first American songwriter invited to perform in mainland China in the early 90’s, signaling the end of a decade-long ban on Western music. In 2010 - 2012 Longo worked with Broadway’s Circle in The Square Theater in New York City. Joziah wrote the music for 2 original productions, directed by the legendary Theodore Mann.
Guitars, mandolin, backing vocals
A longtime musical partner of Joziah, Sharkey has Louisiana roots but grew up in L.A. where he cut his teeth as a player on Sunset Strip before coming to New York in the early 90’s. His inventive, fluid playing compliments Joziah’s songs, never upstaging the story. He is has been the band’s main engineer and co-producer with Joziah since their first album.
Multi-instrumentalist Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, flute, theremin) comes from a long line of feisty Irish musicians which brings a spark to the band’s music as well as performance. She considers herself a musical ‘stylist’, dressing the songs as needed, with an ever growing pile of instruments on her side of the stage… Tink has worked with Joziah since meeting in the 1980’s.
A New York area native, Felipe Torres is a veteran of the music industry as a sideman and recording artist. He has supported many legends of rock and pop including The Monkees and The Davy Jones Band and has appeared on The CBS Morning Show, TV Land, and The Biography Channel. Having toured extensively throughout the USA, Canada and Europe, performing in a multitude of musical genres, Felipe brings a creative feast to the Slambovian Experience. His playing has the vocabulary of the best of rock, with an exotic flair. In addition to his work as a performer, Felipe has a very active teaching studio.
Bob Torsello is a founding member of the critically acclaimed garage-pop band Shrubs and the ground breaking spoken-word group Janet Hamill and Moving Star. He has performed and recorded with Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith, jazz legend David Amram , Glenn Mercer of The Feelies, and rock guitarist and historian Lenny Kaye.
Bob ran away with the Circus in 2013.
Bob is an official #Spectorbass Artist. https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSpector