Scenic Routes

Scenic Routes

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This band will take you on the ultimate Scenic Route of musical genre,on the road from stomping acoustic funky blues, you take a moment for some tender finger picking folk, turn left down a dark country lane, you run into some wild gypsies who cant help but play.

Biography

Scenic Routes Bio

Scenic Routes are a six-piece band based in Brighton. Juggling with musical styles such as Folk, Jazz, Blues and Country, has led them on a journey of ethnic, traditional and cultural learning, giving them a secure base for their contemporary compositions.

It’s always been a hard one to describe the sound of the band and to find them on the pathway of compulsory genre. Staying true to their name they have always taken the Scenic Route.
With members of the band coming from as far a field as the USA and Slovakia, this creative cosmopolitan band has bought strong musical influences from overseas.

Waves of the accordion can send your imagination to a quaint café in Paris, where you discuss the thoughts of a dying man with Ernest Hemingway. While sipping coffee and counting the minutes, along comes a drummer to lift up your spirits. A cute clarinettist with melodious charm flirts with a bass playing funky Brahms. A troubadour appears and says: “Listen to my song, you say staccato, I say vibrato, lets get the whole thing on!”.

Lyrics

Gone with the smoke

Written By: Gary Halmkan

Every now and then
When the cold wind blows
I look out of my window
Getting ready to go

Even though I’m here with you
I feel alone
Every night when the sun goes down
And I’m on the edge of town
I can hear the sirens scream
And I see the smoke in the breeze blowing free
blowing free

Sycamore tree loosing all of its leaves
They fall to the ground,
they don’t make a sound
Even though I’m here with you
I feel that I’m not around

Every night when the sun goes down
And I’m on the edge of town
I can hear the sirens scream
And I see the smoke in the breeze blowing free
blowing free

I wish the world away
the world away
the world away
the world away

Like a Sycamore tree, loosing all of its leaves
Like the smoke in the breeze
blowing free
blowing free
blowing free….

Lonely girl

Written By: Gary Halmkan

She’s a lonely girl
Waiting for the train
Just a lonely girl
Waiting in the rain

She is the last one to get on
And the last one to get of
I’ve never seen her reach her destination

She has got one of those looks
You can see the distance in her eyes
She is not like all the rest
Does not need to pretend to smile

She is a lonely girl, killing time
Just a lonely girl with things on her mind

She stands alone in the pouring rain
The wheels are chugging
and the train is coming to take her away

She is in another world
But it’s the same world as mine
Between the platform and the train is a fine line
I get a glimpse of her delicate face
As I watch her boarding the train
She gets lost among the crown
Never to be heard of or seen again

She’s a lonely girl
Waiting for the train
Just a lonely girl
Waiting in the rain

Glass eye

Written By: Candace Hilton

That girl, she walks down the street
Swaggering to the beat
She said ‘I would love to meet
A man with a glass eye
But he’s got to have a soul
He’s just got to have a soul’

For life and the rest
No one knows what’s for the best
But we strive to defeat our demons

‘Do you want to see, see my glass eye?
Don’t it just want to make you smile
Too much of a world can make you go blind’

I don't sleep anymore

Written By: Gary Halmkan

Morning is cold when you wake up alone
I’m in a bed that’s made of stone
I look around me
But I don’t see you anywhere

I make sure I take my daily dose
Before I go to bed
Just to keep you out of my head

I don’t sleep anymore
I don’t sleep anymore

I’m all tangled up
Inside of my brain
I feel tired as hell
But I’m still awake
One more drug pumped into my blood
And I will go insane

I don’t sleep anymore
I don’t sleep anymore

Discography

Debut Album- The Land Of Waltz And Wine
Released in May 2008, Available on itunes, napster, amazon mp3, emusic and rhapsody.

You can also listen to the tracks on Lastfm

Set List

Typical set list can be anything from 30mins to 1h 30mins depending on the venue etc...
We play our own songs that range from a few finger picking folk songs building up to more of a stomping bluesy sound, then for our big finale we normally throw in a few very upbeat Klezmer/Gypsy tunes and do our own dramatic build up version of Hungarian dance (Brams)
1hour set list
1. One way street
2. Gone with the smoke
3. The Manikin waltz
4. Dream away
5. Wild heart
6. Slow and hard
7. Between the lines
8. Pale faced groom
9. Glass eye
10. The Mezuzah
11. Yiddish Fiddler
12. Hungarian dance