The Counterfeit Gypsies

The Counterfeit Gypsies


The Counterfeit Gypsies fuse old-school Balkan and Eastern European tunes with a rock-inspired rhythm section, generating mayhem on the dancefloor. This is a wicked brew of dark melodies, hard grooves, ankle-breaking tempos and extreme virtuosity.


The Counterfeit Gypsies, Melbourne's premier gypsy dance band, have forged a reputation as one of the country's most talented and exciting live acts. The sound is a wicked brew of hard-swinging grooves, ankle-breaking tempos, old-world melodies and extreme virtuosity.

A favourite on the Australian Festival circuit, highlight performances have included:

Woodford Folk Festival 2002/03, 2003/2004, 2007-8,
Port Fairy Folk Festival Fringe 2007
National Folk Festival 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008,
Illawarra Folk Festival 2003, 2007, 2008
Festival of Folk, Rhythm and Life 2003, 2006,
Yackandandah Folk Festival 2005, 2007
Brunswick Music Festival 2007, 2008.

In seven years of performance, this hard-working, independent band has headlined events in many of Melbourne's finest live music venues including Melbourne's Spanish Club, East Brunswick Club, the Evelyn, the Esplanade Hotel, Revolver, the Northcote Social Club and a host of others. In 2006 and 2007 The Counterfeit Gypsies were invited to perform for Greenpeace's ‘Walk against Global Warming' to audiences of over 40,000 people. The band also performed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the National Gallery of Victoria and BMW Edge series at Federation Square, Melbourne.

Alongside a busy touring schedule and performances on radio and television, The Counterfeit Gypsies have also been involved in soundtracks for film, documentaries and have even been featured in an international award-winning short animation.


Appropriate Footwear - 2008
Wonky Donkey - 2004
Music to Vacuum to - 2001

Set List

Around 35 great gypsy dance tunes