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Juana Ghani's music is a marriage of Old World instrumentation and Rock-n-Roll energy all wrapped up in the dreams of Gypsy legend. It is at once lively and dark, always teetering on the edge of sanity and taunting Imagination's greatest landscapes.
Having become disenchanted with the way their worlds were moving through the slums of mediocrity, Juana Ghani broke all ties with everything safe and familiar and began to musically roam. Individually, they spent decades wandering the alleys and backstreets of rock-n-roll, blues, and musical theater, never really finding a place to call home. It wasn't until Gypsy feet met Minstrel soul that they found a place to belong.
Salt Lake Magazine’s “Best of the Beehive” (July/August 2012), Juana Ghani is a collection of incredibly talented musicians who have played such world famous venues as New York City’s CBGBs and The Bitter End and Los Angeles’ Troubadour and The Roxy Theater and have shared the bill with such world renowned artists as the internationally acclaimed band Firewater and the Grammy award winning band The Klezmatics.
What began in 2009 as a creative outlet for guitarist and band leader Brian Bonell soon attracted international attention with original songs being played on satellite and internet radio stations and podcasts throughout Europe. By spring of 2010, people around the world were listening to the music online and wanting – demanding – to see Juana Ghani play live. And so began the gathering of the most creatively-minded musicians and dancers around.
The band line-up now numbers 11, including Brian Bonell on guitars, concertina, ukulele and vocals, Leisl Bonell on lead vocals and concertina, Tony Semerad on mandolin and vocals, Nick Newberry on accordion and hurdy-gurdy, Tiffin Brough on violin, Jennifer Klettke on sousaphone, Jeff Ringle on drum kit, Christopher Futral on doumbek and percussion, Bryan Bale on tin whistle, doumbek and percussion, Tanya Semerad on parade bass drum and percussion, and Byron Owens on saw, hand drums and percussion.