With over twenty years in the music business, you’d expect great things from Gypsy Fire – they would not disappoint. The Engine Room at The Capital in Bendigo held host to Czech violinist Romana Geermans and Australian 10 string guitarist Matthew Fagan, the duo otherwise known as Gypsy Fire.
With a mastery of their respective instruments, Gypsy Fire bring the fire like no other. A jazz/classical duo with Irish influences creates a captivating performance from start to end. Quite the intimate location, The Engine Room gave the audience a chance to witness the incredibly passionate and skilful duo up close, although keeping up with the lightning fast fingers of Matthew Fagan proved to be quite the task. Czech violinist Romana Geermans showed to us how a violin could invoke passion, emotion and power with her delicate yet ferocious artistry.
As the set progressed, we see all the intensity put into their music take its toll, as violinist Romana returns backstage for a short breather. With Ramona taking a well-deserved break it was up to Matthew to keep the show going, and that he did. Seamlessly adjusting from a duo performance to a solo performance was a treat to watch, showcasing Matthews experience and professionalism. Before I knew it, Ramona had returned, ready to finish out the set with a bang.
The set finished as it started, with music compositions that not only are a delight to hear, but a journey of emotions voiced through music. Gypsy fire create music that speak to the heart and soul, if that appeals to you, you should definitely give them a chance.
When: Sunday April 22
Where: The Engine Room at The Capital, Bendigo
Reviewed by Alex Lynch