Photo: Leslie Mixon


Some of the music we play.

Tune Recording Remarks
Hasapiko Greek folk dance from Constantinople. The name means "butcher's dance" - more information here.
Sakura Sakura Traditional Japanese song about spring, the time of cherry blossoms.
Valse Egyptienne Live video! Jazzy waltz that we learned from a Malouf's Oriental Orchestra 78. A little digging on the internet turned up a reference to a piano peice with this title from 1908, by Charles Cuvillier (1877-1955).
Zeina Youtube (not us) A belly dance favorite, by Mohammed Abdel Wahab.
Raks Leyla (Leyla's Dance) Another belly dance favorite, heard on George Abdo records, and elsewhere.
Tsamikos A tsamikos is a traditional Greek dance, in 3/4 time.
The Lark Curiosities The Romanian answer to the Orange Blossom Special. Here's a live recording from Dunn Brothers in Addision 23 March 2013.
Lixiero No Passport Required Curiosities An original, sometimes latin, sometimes surf, depending on our mood. The only tune to appear on both of our CDs, we did it as a mock 78 the first time around. The name means "Garbageman" in Brazilian Portuguese.
Somnolent Maggie Curiosities A mash up of traditional Celtic and Appalacian tunes. Listen for Drowsy Maggie, Cluck old Hen, and Boil'em Cabbage Down, albiet in a minor key. Live recording from the Roots show - listen for the blender!
Araber Tantz/Griechecher Tantz No Passport Required Both klezmer. Araber Tantz is in a Turkish style. Griechecher Tantz we learned from an amazing old accordion recording by Mishka Tsiganoff.
Fire Dance Curiosities Turkish. I thought it was by D. Hicazkar, they tell me that's actually the key. Here's another recording from a practice March 2013.
Moorish Dance No Passport Required Our version features the hurdy gurdy and mandocello. Kind of North African two-step. Giddy-up!
Baklava Grrlz! Curiosities A merger of two well-known standards, Baklava and Girls of Alexandria. First track on our second CD.
Gnossienne 1 Curiosities The first of Erik Satie's Gnossiennes. Very film noir. This is the tune that got our Eric back into playing the tuba.
Bir Demet Yasemen No Passport Required A Turkish ballad, this is a belly dance standard. Here's a live recording from our debut performance at the Rose Marine Theater in June 2012.
Ef Em No Passport Required A/K/A The Chieftain. Turkish. We've been told our version is fairly authentic. Cifti baby cifti!
Sherele No Passport Required Klezmer, this is crazy circus-sounding tune. This snippet is from the first track of our first CD. We are starting to pair it with the Gypsy Bulgar in recent shows.
Gypsy Bulgar Curiosities More Klezmer.
Queja Pampera No Passport Required An Argentinian tango that our mandolin player transcribed from his then girlfriend's 78. That girlfriend became his wife, and we learned the tune. The name means "The Moan of the Plains." Recorded 9 Nov 2012 at Buon Giorno Coffee in Fort Worth.
Sirocco Curiosities Another original, formerly known as Lox and Pepper.
The Butterly/Drops of Brandy/Morrison's Jig Curiosities A medley of Irish tunes. The hurdy-gurdy makes a good substitute for pipes, too!
Equus Triplicata Curiosities A medley of three tunes about horses played on the hurdy-gurdy. Clipity-clop!
Nihavent Oriental Curiosities Another Turkish ballad. Beautiful tune.
Zuwarah! No Passport Required An original, named for the surfing capital of Libya. For whatever reason our guitarist likes to put exclamation points in titles. A frequent opener at our live shows. A much earlier recording of it is here.
Farewell to Ireland (CD) Farewell to Ireland (Live) No Passport Required Irish Reel. The live version is a "jambox" recording (Zoom H-4, actually) from a practice in 2013. Just another Friday night down at the pub.
Tribal Trance Curiosities An original from our previous Tribal Belly Dance life, this tune might harsh your mellow a little as it cycles between bliss & blind paranoia. This somewhat restrained studio recording only hints at its power live. An earlier demo of it is here.
Dame la Mano Curiosities Our take on a a Sephardic Jewish ballad from the 1500s or so.
Asturian Waltz No Passport Required Beautiful waltz from the Celtic area of Northwest Spain. Also known at Waltz from Galicia, or C'aul Chouzano. But we have been told in no uncertain terms that it is Asturian.
El Choclo A tango. You may know it as "Kiss of Fire."
Swedish Wedding March A processional, in 3/4 time. We learned it from Andrew Bird's "Thrills" CD.
Besame Mucho Probably the most famous popular song from Mexico, written by Consuelo Velázquez in 1940. We do it as a bit of a rhumba.
Kalamatiano A greek dance in 7/8. We do it as a medley with a Macedonian tune, also in 7.
Syrtos Another greek dance. This one really cooks!
Love Lost Cybele: Under the Crescent Moon Also known as the "Duduk thing in F# minor." We do it as a loose, somewhat mournful improv based on Belinda's original.
Anvil of the Sun Live video! An original of Steve's, inspired by "Lawrence of Arabia." Eric thinks it's about summer in Texas.
Migration of Birds (Madarak Vonulasa) A beautiful work by Hungarian Folklorist and Musician Ferenc Sebo. We learned this from his "Pannon Freskó" CD. Wonderfully flowing tune in 6/8.
Bundy's Manouche A gypsy jazz arrangement of a traditional hungarian "Cimbalom Chardas." We learned the tune from a record from an old friend of Eric's family's, Bandar "Bundy" Varga. Among other things, Bundy taught Eric to play upright bass.
Minor Swing Also in the gypsy jazz vein, we play this a little more like David Grisman, and pair it with Bundy's Manouche.
Put Down The Device A (somewhat) tounge-in-cheek song about our dependence on smartphones. One of Steve's originals. Bluegrass.
The Banshee An Irish reel that pairs well with "Put Down The Device."
La Paloma / Habanera from Carmen These fit nicely together for shows where we need to get our opera on. People of a certain age might recognize the habanera as the "To Be or Not to Be" song from the opera Hamlet from Gilligan's Island.
Karabushka A crazy Russian dance tune, known to many as the music from Tetris.
It Had Better Be Tonight A catchy tune with a threatening name by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. From the first Pink Panther movie.
Green Leaves of Summer The theme from "The Alamo" starring John Wayne. Originally a waltz, our version takes after the one by the Tiajuana Brass.
Snowdon's Jig American roots music from around the time of the civil war. We learned it from the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Alabama Song From the Bertolt Brecht's / Kurt Weill 1927 "Songspiel" Mahagonny. Certain baby boomers may recognize this as the track before "Light my Fire" on the first Doors album. We do it as an instrumental, usually pairing it with Mack the Knife.
Truck Drivin' Man By Buck Owens and his Buckaroos. World music from Bakersfield, CA.
O Sole Mio With two accordion players in the band, we couldn't resist. Other baby boomers may recognize this as "It's Now or Never."
Without my Walking Stick An Irving Berlin tune from the 1920s. Our version is inspired by Leon Redbone.
Dance Me to the End of Love Beautiful song by Canadian Leonard Cohen. We were inspired to cover it after hearing Perla Batalla's version of it on the Paul Slaven's show on 91.7.
Ososo Medley A refugee from our tribal belly dance past, this is a medley of a Korean folk song, a Brazilian folk song, and a little bit of original music to glue it together.
Long Black Veil We were having a Johnny Cash moment when we decided to learn this. Sometimes we do it like The Band, other times we bring out the hurdy gurdy.
Harry Rag By the Kinks. Our favorite song about smoking.
Marco Polo Traditional sounding tune by Lorena McKennitt. Based on the traditional "Mevlana."
Kolomeike A klezmerized version of a crazy Cossack dance.
Hongu from Podolgy Transylvanian traditional. Bring your garlic.
Lucifer Goes to the Circus A tune we borrowed from Melissa the Loud of Djinn. Features hurdy-gurdy.
Anvil of the Sun An original by our mando player Steve. The name is a corruption of the Sun's Anvil from Lawrence of Arabia.
Mustapha An international hit for composer and singer Bob Azzam in 1960. Trans-continental Egyptian pop. The lyrics blend Arabic, Italian, and French. Lately we've added some of our own in Spanish and Portuguise.
Et Dodim Kala Hebrew. From the Song of Songs.
La Grippe A Squirrel Nut Zippers tune, very fun to play.
J'ai Faim Toujours By New York's Lauren Agnelli. We learned it from a Little Jack Melody CD.
The Porpoise Song The theme song for the Monkee's movie "Head," written by Carol King and Gerry Goffin. Psychedelic.
So Ben Mi Ca Bon Tempo A bawdy 16th century Italian song, we stole our version from Richard Thompson. We sing it in the original language.



Some other music we've written or recorded - and may eventually perform:

Tune Remarks
The Ghoul at the Faire A creepy tune for Halloween by Steve Mixon.
Exile's Waltz Another Mixon Tune
Albinoni's Adagio We didn't write it, of course. Albinoni did. Arranged and recorded by Steve.
Fish A Covingtune. Begs to be arranged for Junior High band. This recording will identify any tendencies for intermodulation distortion in your system.
Dar Es Salaam Title them to a film on Dar Es Salaam that the guitarist saw in the 5th grade. From memory.
Elements Another one by the guitarist. Strike up the fog machine.


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