Christy Bennett is a Springfield native who now lives in Chicago where she heads the band Fumée Gypsy Project. Bennett sings and plays accordian. The music they play is called “gypsy-jazz”, made popular by artists like Django Reinhardt. Bennett stopped by the Suggs Studio at WUIS with band mates Casey Nielsen (guitar) and Nate Baker (mandolin).
The band plays at Engrained Brewing Company in Springfield (1120 W. Lincolnshire Blvd.) on Thursday night from 8-10pm. Listen to a produced piece that includes segments from an interview and performance:
Listen to the songs played in their entirety here:
Thanks to WUIS Engineer Greg Manfroi for recording the performance.