Gypsy Caravan biography
The Gypsy Caravan from Portland Oregon
Musical instigators Bruce Beaton and Jeff Rees have led the musical gypsy trail for this Gypsy Caravan since 1991. The musicians of Gypsy Caravan have a diverse background. Anywhere from four to nine musicians play with the band, adding more strings and percussion to fill out their intoxicating sound! The band plays with and without dancers, although their main focus is playing for Gypsy Caravan Dance Company dancers.
They have an extensive repertoire of original songs and enjoy playing at variety of performance requests, from large theatrical productions and art festivals, to smaller nightclubs and intimate celebrations.
Since 1991, Gypsy Caravan has explored many types of performance venues and experiences to showcase their thrilling and innovative shows that combine the original music and tribal bellydances of the dance company and band. Besides monthly shows at home in Portland, Oregon, they have performed and taught throughout the United States and around the globe, including shows in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Europe.
Highlights from their illustrious career include playing assorted events, both big and small:
WOMAD—Seattle, WA 2001
Vibe Tribe—England and Scotland, 2007
Tribal Quest NorthWest—Portland, OR 2001-2007
Tribal Fest—CA, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
Rakassah—CA, 1999, 2000, 2001
Spirit of the Tribes—FL, 1999, 2000
Renaissance Faire—AZ, 2002, 2002
Oregon Country Fair—OR, 1994-2006
Bumbershoot Art Festival—Seattle, WA, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2004
Folklife Music Festival—Seattle. WA, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007
And hundreds of shows, including festivals, clubs, gatherings, celebrations, theatrical productions!