Mexican guitar virtuosos Rodrigo and Gabriela return to Bluesfest.
Mexican guitar virtuosos Rodrigo and Gabriela return to Bluesfest.

Gypsies and kings share love of music

RODRIGO Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have been playing together for more than 15 years.

Firstly, it was as young Thrash Metal fans in their native Mexico City. Then they were street musicians in Dublin, Ireland, at the turn of the millennium.

Their electrifying live performances have taken them to such a high point in their careers that they are now globe-straddling, film-scoring, record-breaking artists with sales in excess of 1.5 million albums, and sold-out tours worldwide.

They will be playing at London's Wembley Arena, just two weeks before they play Bluesfest.

Rodrigo and Gabriela are part of the latest line-up announcement for Bluesfest 2015, which also included Flamenco royalty The Gypsy Kings.

The Gipsy Kings will be celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band when they play at Tyagarah as part of a world tour.

The band will feature the patriarchs of the two families that form the band, Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, during their anticipated Bluesfest appearances.

The Reyes and the Baliardo families fled the persecution of the Gypsy Romani people by the Franco dictatorship, from Spain to the South of France, where they settled as refugees. They are still the highest selling artists in French music history.

Bluesfest playing schedule, festival and camping tickets are available on www.bluesfest.com.au.



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