Shows at the Purple Fiddle

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Band members consist of Karen Richards and Billy Crocker, with frequent guest musicians Barb Thorne (darbuka, recorder, cello, and vocals), Chris Pavelko (upright bass, frame drums, riq), Josh Sherman (tabla), and Erich Reith (darbuka). The three attend the medieval festival Pennsic where they furthered their musical skills with musicians like Carmine Guida, Melissa Murphy of Ishtar, and Al Cofrin of Istanpitta. Traditional Turkish folk songs like Hijaz Mandira and Rompi Rompi are still a part of the band’s set list. In recent years, Ancien has expanded its repertoire to include the Gypsy Roma genre, and features songs like the Hungarian traditional Amari Czi and original compositions like Brown Cow and Marianka.