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The Gypsy Begonias / Bio

The Gypsy Begonias were initially formed in the summer of 2009. Ryan Williams and Katy Cairo were sitting at the pool with a guitar and a new groove was born. From that point forward the face of the Begonias went through many changes. As time went on, so did life, and Katy had to take a hiatus for the birth of her daughter. As Katy settled into motherhood, the music kept calling and she began to plant the seeds for the rebirth of the band. In the summer of 2011, Katy met guitarist Kevin Hagie, and invited him to play some scheduled shows with her. The pair found a lot of common ground in musical influences and styles, and began playing steady gigs throughout Anniston and the surrounding areas. As their friendship and their music progressed, it became mutually apparent that they needed to broaden their sound by adding more styles and instrumentation. Ryan Williams joined back up with the band in the spring of 2012, bringing with him a vast array of musical talents (including percussion, guitar and banjo) stitched together with unbridled soul. Ryan's re-emergence was followed soon after by the addition of Mark Everett, a highly talented musician who has the ability to fill in the gaps with his thumpin bass lines and haunting mandolin runs. In no time at all, these four musicians settled into a steady flow with their current lineup, but still always enjoy the opportunity to share the stage with other musicians to keep their sound fresh.

As all talented musicians will tell you, being able to improvise and play off one another's jam is what grabs people. This is a characteristic that can only be achieved through chemistry. This chemistry spawned a new, feel good, upbeat sound and ultimately opened up a door to a new genre The Begonias coined as "Blues-grass". This sound intertwines a rockin' jam of folk, funk, that bluegrass twang, and of course the ever-important blues. It is indicative of what southern jams should be, bringing together all music components that made the South a musical haven.

General Info

Band Members
Katy Cairo, Kevin Hagie, Ryan Williams, and Mark Everett
Artist Name
The Gypsy Begonias
Profile Page
Active Since
Folk / Folkin' Blues-grass Americana

Contact Info

Anniston, AL
Katy Cairo