Harmonious Wail are purveyors of Americana infused Gypsy Jazz that continues to take their listeners on a ride via the music of the Hot Club sounds of Paris to the deepest blues of the Memphis Delta to the folk scenes across “every town” America. The Wail are sublime entertainers, great educators and they’ve mastered the art of lifting spirits.
Harmonious Wail is Sims Delaney-Potthoff, a mandolin virtuoso, bandleader, vocalist and master of all things behind the curtain, Maggie Delaney-Potthoff, vocalist extraordinaire whose percussive instrument of choice is a cardboard box, but who also has a knack for exploring the musicality of almost any household object, and Jeffo Weiss, a master bassist who dazzles and mesmerizes on both upright and electric 5-string bass.
Every performance is played from the heart and infused with the perfect balance of ingredients that firmly proves that music truly does make the world a better place. The Wail celebrates 10 recordings in their 30 years of existence and is currently kicking off their 4th decade recording a new CD that teams them with a group of Gypsy Jazz All-stars.
Their gracious approach to music translates beautifully in any outreach program. They have honed their skills to provide excellent educational programs tailored to fit groups of varying skill and age. Popular
topics have included; ”the instrumentation of Gypsy Jazz”, “how to succeed in the music biz”, and Maggie’sMethod™ “If You Can Speak You Can Sing”.
Not only a touring band the ever reaching Harmonious Wail has enriched their lives working with National Public Radio by performing on multiple shows and even donating songs to use in annual fundraising campaigns. They have founded multiple charitable organizations placed music in film and recently received the 2017 Musicnotes Outstanding Musical Career Achievement Award.
As stewards of the Gypsy Jazz genre, they founded and have grown the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest over the last decade and have begun to take the show on the road as a special concert package bringing amazing musicians from around the world together and placing them in front of concert audiences throughout the US.