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Djypsy Grass

Variety: Bluegrass, Celtic / Irish, Folk, Gypsy World Beat, Instrumental, Old-Time, Renaissance / Baroque / Early Music / Classical

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c/o Sandy Reay
P.O. Box 2261
Monument CO 80132

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Djypsy Grass — The "D" stands for Django; the "G" is from bluegrass; the sound is contagious: "Laughter and/or dancing occurred in 100% of respondents." The high energy performances combine eastern European influences, bluegrass, and swing styles with Celtic and classical tunes, focused on Americana and Old Europe. Style changes are quick and surprising, due to the short attention span of the group's founders: Michi Regier and Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Sandy Reay.

Violinist Michi Regier was called a "musical force of nature" by author Barry Graham. She has played at Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood Institute, as well as countless venues across Asia and the Americas but prefers smaller venues where she can take off her shoes.

On blues and Celtic bass, with vocals and original tunes as well, is webmistress Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Sandy Reay who was called the busiest bass player on the Front Range. Proving that she can't hold a job, she currently plays with several bands and performers and built and maintains several other web sites for music and art.

They frequently accompany or are accompanied by one or more of their talented friends, so the band size varies from 1 - 8 members.

"I heard about a band that not only had different members for each gig, but different members for each set. I always wanted to be in a band like that. Sometimes we have different members for each song. Makes life interesting." — Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Sandy Reay

Djypsy Grass started a few years before it's initial performance in August, 2004. Michi and Sandy met at the Colorado Renaissance Festival and were in a band with Ky Hote, Owl Morrison, and Jem More. The group played 2 times at the Spur of the Moment in Larkspur. Later, Michi and Sandy joined Ky, Owl and some of their friends at a birthday celebration at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas, and at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Some of the tunes they play date back to that initial band.

On Aug. 11, 2004, a last-minute cancellation led to DypsyGrass opening for Open Road in Daniel's Hall at Swallow Hill. Djypsy Grass first appearance: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets On Aug. 22, they were on the Meadow Stage at the Swallow Hill Folk Festival at Four Mile Park. Djypsy Grass second time: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets

A Labor Day weekend gig at Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Celtic Crossing followed, where they were helped by Gary Michaels, Paul Trunko and Keith Frankel of the Swallow Hill House Band, and Mike Cleary and Cres "Tex" Almeria of Da Tinmen.

Michi moved to Lawrence, KS, and Gary and Sandy joined her for a concert in Kansas City on Oct. 23. Djypsy Grass with Gary Michaels: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets Michi moved back to the Denver area and on Nov. 5 & 6, they performed at the Denver Art Expo at Tamarac Square with Gary Michaels and Jeb Martin. Djypsy Grass sketch with Jeb Martin: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets

Concerts in 2005 included the Swallow Hill Cafe in January (with Julie Gussarof and John Darling, but not Sandy), another Swallow Hill Cafe concert with John "Jake" Jacobs Djypsy Grass with John Jacobs: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, the Swallow Hill Shady Grove Concert Series at Four Mile Park in June (with Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Bob Turner, Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Ernie Martinez, Armando Zuppa, John Darling, Ky Hote and Julie Gussarof), and the Swallow Hill Folk Festival in August with Armando Zuppa and John Darling. Michi and Sandy also played with Red Molly, featuring B. J. Suter and Bill Farmer, at the Folk Festival.

They played at various events at The D Note and Celtic Isles Public House with Gary Michaels, Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Bob Turner, Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Steve Pierce, Bob Cooke, and Brandy Herbert.

In August, 2005, they played at the Oregon Trail Wagon Train Bluegrass Festival in Bayard, Nebraska. Michi, Sandy and Armando played three sets: a solo set on Friday, with Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Mark Merryman and Dave Willis on Saturday, and with Kyle and Maura O'Brien Djypsy Grass and friends: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets then with Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Bob Turner on Sunday. In addition, Michi, Sandy and Armando joined Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Bob Turner during his set on Saturday.

Scottsbluff Star-Herald:
Djypsy Grass in the news: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets
Djypsy Grass Michi & Armando: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets

Djypsy Grass sketch with Armando: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets They spelled the name several different ways (GypsyGrass, Jypsygrass) before settling down with it's current spelling.

Djypsy Grass at a benefit: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets At a benefit, Oct. 2, 2005.
(photo by Kim Davison)

Fittingly, the final Djypsy Grass concert was in Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill, on October 9, 2005. They were joined by Founders: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets, Places to Hear Acoustic Music, Locations, Venues, Clubs, Festivals, Business and Services Supporting Acoustic Music, Music Stores, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers Ernie Martinez.

Djypsy Grass with Ernie Martinez: Bands, Singers, Songwriters / Composers, Solo Performers, Sidemen, Instrumentalists, Performers, Entertainers, Musicians, Cowboy Poets
(photo by Kim Davison)

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