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Folksy dream popsters Gypsyfingers are set to play Durham’s Old Cinema Laundrette on Sunday 29th April. Before that, we caught up with them to find out a little bit more.

So, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
We are a four-piece ethereal folk-rock band called Gypsyfingers. Our music crosses the boundaries of folk, rock, pop, classical and trip-hop to create interesting fresh-sounding music. We released our debut album Circus Life in 2014 and supported James Blunt in Warsaw that year. The first single from our new album is called “Half World” and will be out on 20th April. We will be touring the UK at the end of April and we have few festival slots lined up this year including Isle of Wight Festival 2018 and Hyde Park BST. We love playing live and making music together. We can all play a bit of everything so our live shows are interesting both musically and visually and they are also lots of fun!

What’s the first record you ever bought?
VICTORIA: Probably a Mariah Carey CD to be honest… I was really little and I was fixated.  I tried so hard to sing like her… I sounded awful! But as I got older, the first record on vinyl I ever owed was Patti Smith and Joni Mitchell. They are both just fantastic songwriters.  
LUKE: Kiss From a Rose by Seal on CD. Those vocal textures and harmonies are magical.
PAT: Parklife on cassette.
TALI: Do The Bart Man from The Simpsons Album.

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
VICTORIA: Disney and I don’t feel guilty about it.
LUKE: Top Gun soundtrack on vinyl.
PAT: Meatloaf’s Paradise by The Dashboard Light.
TALI: Counting Crows.

Favourite film of all time?
VICTORIA: For the weirdness and retro effects I love Labyrinth with David Bowie.
LUKE: When I first saw The Matrix it blew my mind but my favourite film of all time would probably be Cool Hand Luke. Its a classic.
PAT: A Clockwork Orange.
TALI: Cling film (haha!)

Your guilty pleasure film?
VICTORIA: Finding Nemo.
LUKE: Victoria made me watch Tarzan recently, which was surprisingly good.
PAT: Freddy Got Fingered.
TALI: That film you get on the top of rice pudding.

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
VICTORIA: Game of Thrones.
LUKE: There are too many to chose from but Game of Thrones would keep you bingeing for a long time and has dragons and magic. I love fantasy so its a no brainer for me.
PAT: Tales of the Unexpected.
TALI: The Wire.

Your favourite book?
VICTORIA: Just Kids by Patti Smith – I could read that over and over again…
LUKE: The Hobbit.
PAT: at the moment 12 Rules of Life by Jordan Peterson.
TALI: Titus Alone, Mervyn Peake.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
VICTORIA: Definitely my friends! and I recently started watching Miranda… I think she is brilliant.
LUKE: In the band, Pat.
PAT: Jerry Sadowitz.
TALI: My son.

Who or what makes you sad?
VICTORIA: Cruelty – to people and animals and road kill… I’ll be affected for days. 
LUKE: Unexpected hangovers.
PAT: National Express buses.
TALI: Myself.

If you had super power, what would it be?
VICTORIA: Ability to breathe underwater… when I was little I thought I could do it.  It was because I was breathing through my nose (above the water).
LUKE: Invisibility, although maybe a super-power to fix broken studio equipment  would be more useful.
PAT: Time travel.
TALI: Gotta be flight!

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what is the board game?
VICTORIA: Snakes and ladders – with David Bowie, Cleopatra and Gautama Buddha! I think it would be weird but fascinating.
LUKE: I prefer card games so it would be poker with Henry VIII, Jimi Hendrix and Alexander The Great…
PAT: Grass with Willie Nelson, Bill Hicks and Howard Marks.
TALI: Guess Who? with Nick Drake, Zero Mostel and Christopher Marlowe.

Gypsyfingers play Old Cinema Laundrette, Durham on Sunday 29th April.

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