African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music. It's the future of the music of the past.
The Gaslight Tinkers' blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Since its formation in 2012 the band has lit up the East Coast, from clubs and live radio to major festivals and barn dances.
On a cold autumn day in a western Massachusetts coffee shop, Peter Siegel and Garrett Sawyer conceived of a band marrying everything they love in music. Their ideas and passions fit like lock and key, and The Gaslight Tinkers was born. Peter (mandolin, guitar, banjo picker and songwriter), having performed in the folk scene for decades with the likes of Pete Seeger and Judy Collins, brought a deep knowledge of traditional folk music. Garrett (bass), with his broad experience in world music (he toured the US and Canada as a member of Senegalese hip-hop band Gokh-Bi System and throughout the Caribbean performing with soca star Kurt Allen) brought a honed knowledge of danceable global grooves to the table. Now teamed up with the powerful and deeply knowledgable ethnomusicologist drummer Dave Noonan and fantastically versatile Hawaiian fiddler Audrey Knuth, The Gaslight Tinkers shake the stage with traditional melodies and world rhythms.
Playing what The Valley Advocate describes as “Music that consistently fizzes and pops with unexpected textures and turns,” The Gaslight Tinkers’ shows are packed with delightful surprises, elated crowds, and exuberant musicianship. The sound and energy of Audrey, Dave, Garrett, and Peter are universally irresistible.