Los Firuletes draw together Argentian Tango, Gypsy Jazz and Brazilian Bossa and Choro music.
Los Firuletes was formed by Amy Bowles (guitar) and Art Bailey (bandoneon) in 2015, playing classic Argentinian Tangos from the Golden Age of 1920 – 1940 together with concert works and Tango nuevos of Astor Piazzolla. They have performed at the Manchester International Festival, Didsbury Arts Festival and in May 2017, performed a public concert of Piazzolla’s Double Concerto for bandoneon and guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music with a small string orchestra.
As well as public concerts, Los Firuletes play for dancers at Milongas as well as weddings, for which they can offer a bespoke service.
In 2017, Los Firuletes began working with the charity Music in Hospitals and Care, providing outreach concerts for vulnerable people in cares homes and hospitals.
Amy is a professional classical guitarist, teacher and community musician who recently completed a Masters of Music postgraduate degree in classical guitar performance at the Royal Northern College of Music.
She performs regularly with a variety of groups, specialising in Latin and Jazz guitar.
Amy is also a founding member of Community Musicans Cooperative who provide high quality musical experiences for people in healthcare and is a soloist on the ICU Hear programme.
Amy plays a Rozini 7-string guitar, a custom Stephen Hill 6-string classical guitar and uses Roland amps.
Art is a professional accordionist and bandoneonista, and has been performing and teaching piano, accordion and electric guitar for over 20 years. Art first began on the accordion as a young teenager and performed competitions as a soloist and as part of the Clifford Wood Accordion Orchestra (now know as the Stockport Accordion Orchestra). After pursuing a career in science, he turned to music full-time in 2015 and turned to the accordion again.
Art started to learn to dance Argentinian tango around the same time and had already fallen in love with the music’s passion, so he spent savings on a bandoneon and has dedicated his attention to learning this rare and beautiful instrument that is now synonymous with Tango music.
Art plays a Delicia Choral XIII 120-bass piano accordion and 1930’s Germania 142 Rheinische Tonlage bandoneon.