Guranfoe were called Gumbo Variation from September 2012 to May 2016.
Guranfoe is a new completely original name. It doesn't mean anything special, but we like the sound of it. We recently changed name because we decided Gumbo Variation was a bit misleading - a lot of people were finding us because they thought we were a FZ cover band. We love playing FZ tunes and are obviously huge fans, but because we're 95% original material we really needed a name that reflects that.
James and Joe have been hearing FZ music from a very young age in the house, so it kind of feels like an innate relationship for us. Everyone in the group has been FZ fans for many years now. We love the music and the attitude.
We first heard about Zappanale after playing at Festival Moo-ah in United Kingdom in 2013, so we have been hoping to play at the festival for a few years and are incredibly excited to be playing for FZ fans in mainland Europe.
There certainly will be some FZ in our repertoire! Since forming in September 2012 we have played The Grand Wazoo, Black Napkins, Peaches En Regalia, Inca Roads, Treacherous Cretins, Little Dots, Toads of the Short Forest, Invocation & Ritual Dance of the Young Pumpkin, Outside Now, Conehead and many other FZ tunes outside of Guranfoe.
Here's some more general talk about us:
Guranfoe is an instrumental fusion group from rural Norfolk, England. Their music spans early ‘70s progressive rock, improvisational jazz, Indian ragas and North African music traditions. See the live set to experience the full possibilities of the group, as they veer between six and fifteen minute epics - every night the tune is different. Still in their early 20s, Guranfoe forge sound of old and new musical themes.