Sunday, 13 March 2011

gypsy swing

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After a puzzling and lengthy trip to an area unserved by buses in South London, we arrived at a bar decked out a little like a trattoria, with a "tropical patio" which we avoided (erm, London ain't exactly tropical at this time of year). There was red wine (only available by the bottle--oh dear), tapas, and a band playing gypsy swing, in the style of Django Reinhardt. For those who don't know Django's style, check out the video below showcasing him and frequent musical partner Stephane Grappelli. My uncle bought me a Django CD when I was a teenagers, and I loved him from the sound of the first note. As though his lilting guitar solos weren't impressive enough, he played without the use of two fingers on his left hand, which were paralyzed in a fire.



The jam session that night weren't any competition for Django's ghost, but it was a fun evening nonetheless.

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We look a bit like one of those couples who dress alike here, but I can assure you, we're not!

31 comments:

Chelsea Lane said...

love these photos! looks like a great night, hehe I love the striped shirts ;)

xoxo

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh how fun!!! Love (both) your outfit(s)! :D Sounds like a pretty fun night
I loved that music too, it sounds loverly :D
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Madeline said...

That place looks really cool, and who can resist a striped shirt!

黃愛玲 said...

Not many people can pull off the striped shirt but you sure can. =o) What a lovely night.

jess said...

It looks like such a fun night. I love your striped shirt.

Laura said...

lovely pictures! looking good in the stripped shirt!! and seems like so much fun!

-laura
http://thesemanyyears.blogspot.com

Rebeccak said...

I love some good gypsy jazz! I'm impressed you got such good clear photos in low lighting - and loving the matching stripes. Did you phone ahead to co-ordinate?

Marta said...

That's exactly the type of pub I like! Very funny the comment about couples who dress alike, ha, ha. Some time ago, I asked you if you had seen the knife in Barri Gòtic in Barcelona. It's a knife in a part of a wall, then, legend has it, if you take the knife out, the whole Barri Gòtic would disappear. I'm sure if your boyfriend is from Barcelona, he'll show you where it is, I don't know the name of the spot, sorry!

dimi said...

What a cool pub! I wish we had places like that in Greece! I love Django! Bf has a vinyl record collection and we have a record of D.! How cool are your stripes?? Kisses!

A Certain Vintage said...

his and hers stripes! haha no you look very chic, this could be anywhere in europe this bar, it looks so pretty!!
love django too btw, right up my street so thanks for the recommendation.
I'm doing a little giveaaway on my blog if you're interested...it involves stripes!
I'm coming to London soon so will have to keep an eye on your blog for cool places to go like this :)
x

L. of Hey Nancy said...

Is this the enigmatic Albert? :)
You two are adorable with your matching stripes if so (and even if not!)
Sounds like a fun evening.

Stef / Diversions said...

hehe double stripes :D Thanks for the gypsy swing introduction :)

electricsbubbles said...

Soo beautiful
I love the last photo

Kisses

Closet Fashionista said...

(hehe yes, I'll post official photos from the shoot when they send them :D :D I can't wait to see them! haha)

sojourned in style said...

this jam session looks like great fun. he is incredibly talented. your matching striped sweaters are nice ;)

Annebeth said...

I love how you guys look all intellectual and hipster, perfectly dressed for the venue :D

Carrie said...

Well, I would have loved an evening like that! I love jazz, but I also like artists like Chet Atkins - so this is a nice mix. How very relaxing and wonderful. It looks like you had a lovely time! :-)

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@L: That be the enigma, sure. ; ) He said he doesn't want to appear too much on a fashion blog though.
@Carrie: It was pretty relaxing, though the journey was sure convoluted. Definitely a place to go with a car, rather than public transport!

deppa said...

Entretenido! que gracioso que vistieran similar!
Y no le digas a nadie, pero estoy segura de que te veías mejor que él ;)

NOs vemos!

Monique said...

looks like you had a wonderful date lady. It's been a while since i've listened to live music. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a wonderful week.

P.S. you both look great in stripes

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

Haha, it sounds like you had such a fun night! I would love to go to a place like this sometime! :)

Terri said...

Emily--I love gypsy jazz. Several years ago we were in the Vancouver airport and heard a young Canadian played his violin. You might want to check out recordings (or YouTube) for Swingamajig. He was so talented, I tracked him down when we were safely back in Kansas.

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

Haha I love that you're both wearing stripes AND it looks like somewhere where you should wear stripes. x hivennn

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Jazzy: AND it was a complete accident. We didn't even know we were going when we left the house. ; )

A said...

Looks like you had fun

Anthea said...

Hehe! Sometimes that happens to my bf and I. We dress in the same colours and then he goes to change :)

CAITLIN said...

yay, fun! any band with an upright bass and an accordian is allright in my book. also allright in my book: red wine by the bottle and breton stripes. sure, you may both be wearing stripes, but they're classic! it's allowed :) nice to finally put a face to the elusive albert! k and i often end up wearing the same colors and he is always the one who has to change, haha.

CAITLIN said...

ps yes, that was k in my oregon post (although he is now bearded). at that time he was wooing me ;)

Penny said...

can't believe i found your blog!it's amazing, love the way you write and your outfits and i was looking for a long time for other bloggers around here ;)

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Sounds (and looks!) like an all-together great evening (despite the public transport snafu).

Molly said...

ADMIT IT, you planned the twinsie stripes. No judgment here. ;)

Leaving the House in THIS?!?!