Taraf Tambal Gypsy Quartet

Taraf Tambal play original and traditional gypsy music. We have lively dance tunes as well as mournful improvisations from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia. At the heart of the group is the Romanian hammer dulcimer or Tambal which is played by William Eager, best known as the drummer from gypsy band Doch. Sam Vincent and Michael Patterson are also from Doch and they play the double bass and violin respectively. Philip Griffin who plays the oud, saz, guitar and other instruments has a great depth of experience in Balkan and other folk and gypsy musics. The group’s repertoire is partly original and partly drawn from traditional folk music of the Balkan countries. Taraf Tambal has performed at The Woodford Folk Festival, The Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival, The Romanian Wine Festival, Tyalgum Festival and The Queensland Multicultural Festival. All  performers are highly active musicians in Brisbane, performing in diverse groups such as The QLD Symphony Orchestra, The Balkanics, Camerata of St Johns, Laique (gypsy jazz), Barksdale Brass Band and Tyrone and Lesley.