Gypsyfire weaves word and music into a rich tapestry based on a harmony that moves like a Celtic spiral dance. Their performance focuses on stories, with emotions ranging from the tragedy and sometimes black humor of lost love to the power and spirituality of causes lost and battles won. Their set list blends electric and acoustic, old and new, words and music, sensitivity and political incorrectness.
Charlie Stacey is a prolific songwriter with a catalog of 170 songs and counting. He has been performing almost 50 years, the past 20 primarily as a singer/songwriter and the past 15 with Cynthia and an amazing group of musicians under the banner of Gypsyfire. They have played Irish bars, listening rooms, folk clubs, and State Park amphitheaters from New Mexico to Washington D.C., the Texas Rio Grand Valley to West Virginia. The rest of the time Charlie works as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the Navajo Nation’s Shiprock (NM) Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program. In a life before psychotherapy, Charlie spent 23 years in broadcasting as a TV news cameraman. Many of his story-songs came from places visited and people met as he traveled the world.
Cynthia Whiddon Green grew up in deep east Texas, West Virginia, and the Washington D.C. area. She grew up with both the traditional music of these regions and the music of her ancestral home in the Highlands of Scotland. She has overcome years of classical voice training to return to her musical roots and provides the lead vocals on much of the music she brings to the band. In a parallel universe (after years teaching college students and then on the Navajo Reservation) she teaches English to high school students in Farmington, New Mexico. In a life yet to come she hopes to pursue her love of Medieval Studies, in particular translating and working with writings of and about the Northern Saints of Medieval Scotland.
Over the almost 20 years as Gypsyfire (Charlie and Cynthia) have been joined by a talented group of musicians. Some from their base of operation in Houston Texas (“The Best of Gypsyfire…The Texas Years”)Gypsyfire include Ted Miller (Guitar, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Banjo, vocals), Maddie Dietrich (Fiddle), David Thorpe (Bass, Guitar), Bill Lowery (Bodhran), Alex Lieban (Bass), Sam Moses (Fiddle), and Thad Ayres (Guitar). For the past 8 years they have been based in Farmington, New Mexico (“Brothers of the Dark Earth”) and Gypsyfire includes Carl Freuden (Synth, Guitar, Mandolin), Kathy Freuden (vocals), Bob Condon (Bodhran). On the latest project “Time’s Mandala…The Celtic Calendar Project” the band includes Steven Sprague (Guitar, Bass, vocal harmony), John Cater (Bodhran, Congas, Djembe, Didgeridoo and Percussion), and Susan Levin (Djembe, Percussion).