The Gnomes play an energetic and eclectic blend of Global Folk-Fusion - Irish, Scandinavian, Eastern European, Caribbean, and originals. Band members includes some of Rhode Island's best known musicians--Phil Edmonds ( Irish whistles and button accordion); Cathy Clasper-Torch (fiddle, keyboard, er-hu, vocals); Mike Fischman (guitar, mandolin); Peter Breen (bass, vocals); and Ron Schmitt (percussion). They combine their varied and extensive musical backgrounds into arrangements that have been described as "exotic, fresh, unique."
The Gnomes each bring an enormous wealth of musical knowledge, musicianship, creativity, and fun to their performances. Their spirited songs and instrumentals take you around the world. For weddings, parties, or celebrations of any kind, The Gnomes teach a few dances for all ages to get you moving and having fun together.
They have just released their third CD that was recorded Live at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, Rhode Island.
The Gnomes are winners of the 2008 and 2012 R.I. Motif Magazine Music Awards.
Phil Edmonds (accordion, Irish whistles),
Cathy Clasper Torch (fiddle, keyboard, vocals,),
Mike Fischman (guitar, banjo, mandolin),
Peter Breen (bass, vocals),
Ronald Schmitt (percussion)