Ernie Gruner (Violin, mandolin, vocals) and Phil Carroll (accordion, vocals, ney) play Gypsy, Klezmer, Turkish, French, Italian, Russian, jazz and tango music which range from soulful to wild. They’ve both studied overseas, and played and recorded together in larger bands (Klezmeritis (see elsewhere on this site), Yalla!, Flirting Mazurkas).
They’ve studied overseas in Montreal, Istanbul, New York, Cracow and Budapest, and recorded two CDs; “Bohemian Nights” 2005, and “Brothers in Borscht” 2010.
Australian concerts include several National Folk Festivals, the National Multicultural Festival, Fairbridge Festivals, Cygnet Festivals, The Boite.
Touring includes regional Victoria, several West Australia tours. Phil and Ernie’s seven New Zealand tours have included the Wellington & Dunedin Folk Festivals and the Christchurch Jazz Festival, Spiegeltent. Bohemian Nights has played monthly at the Budapest Restaurant for 8 years.
Ernie specializes in Jewish music and Phil specializes in Middle-Eastern music. They have worked together with theatre and dance events for Russian, Armenian, Jewish, Turkish, French and Italian and other productions and communities, as well as parties and weddings since 1999.
Ernie and Phil are experienced at leading music workshops (Klezmer, Middle-Eastern, Singing -Eastern European Jewish wordless, Fiddle, Improvising, etc) .
They are available as roving musicians, or for parades. Bohemian Nights has played for dances in all styles of Klezmer/Gypsy, Tango/Milonga, Jazz/Latin, Australian Bush.