Home base: Madison, WI

Upcoming Showcases:

Arts Midwest. Friday, September 07: 09:50pm-10:25pm in Room 309-310 of the JW Marriott Indianapolis

Performing Arts Exchange. Wednesday, October 03: 10:15pm-10:50pm in Antigua 4 of the Caribe Royale

ABOUT

These purveyors of Americana infused Gypsy Jazz celebrated their 30th Anniversary and are continuing to take their listeners on a ride ranging from 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 into their 4th decade of existence.  The Wail are sublime entertainers, great educators and they’ve mastered the art of lifting spirits.

Harmonious Wail glass rooftop

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, master bassist who dazzles and mesmerizes on both upright and electric 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. Recognized as the “Dr. Feelgood” of Gypsy Jazz, Harmonious Wail has an knack for lifting the spirits of listeners of all ages. The Wail celebrates 10 recordings to date, the three most recent having been submitted for Grammy nomination consideration. Their upcoming project, currently in the works, finds them teamed up 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’s Method™ “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.  They are honored to be recognized as “favorite house band” for the program “Says You” where they’ve matched their wits with the panelists. Their songs have graced the program “All Things Considered” and they have gifted their composition “The Money Song” to NPR stations across the country for annual fundraising programs.  Their songs, “People Stuff and “ I Like to Feel My Bones” both received International Songwriters Award, and four of their Gypsy Jazz compositions were cleverly woven into the film score of the internationally acclaimed independent film, ”I Really Hate My Job”.

In the Press

Harmonious Wail arrives ……..The bouncy rhythm, the delicate music arrangement and good musicianship have made Harmonious Wail, one of the few outstanding bands that combines Eastern European folk songs and American jazz music.

--TaipeTimes.com

…each member’s intense playing and sense of purpose never wavers….. It is definitely an uplifting, mind-altering experience.

--The Washington Examiner

 
 

Experience Harmonious Wail's "Holiday Spirits" for your 2018 or 2019 Holiday Programming

Enjoy an exclusive Web-extra bonus song from WPT's "Harmonious Wail at the Mabel Tainter." Madison's Harmonious Wail brings its enticing style of mandolin-driven gypsy-jazz to the Mabel Tainter Center For the Arts in Menomonie.

Driving on the road to a North Carolina performance, Harmonious Wail encountered a wicked storm that resulted in the band's vehicle overturned. Despite feeling jittery, the group continued their way and played to a full house. When Maggie woke up the next morning, "Bones" was a natural response to the recently experienced whirlwind of events.