The Sonic Gypsy Story..


The Sonic Gypsy (AKA Mickey Banks) is the son of a BSA riding, mountain climbing, boat building nuclear scientist and part time explorer. He was brought up in the mountains on motorcycles, snakebite, The Doors and John Lee Hooker.. Mickey was lead singer with a major label band, signed by the legendary Seymour Stein, recording with Steve Osborne (Rolling Stones, U2), Paul Oakenfold and Teo Miller (Verve, Daisy Chainsaw) touring and playing many major festivals playing on the same stage as Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins and others..

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2016.. The “Sonic Gypsy” has unleashed a stunning new album and an amazing new sonic electric delta rock n roll band.. The Sonic Gypsy is a very rare thing, a genuine poet, boatman and sonic bluesman living on the real English delta. As well as playing live shows all over the UK, he has become the “Kerouac of The Canals” documenting his bizarre outsider lifestyle and adventures, constantly travelling the UK’s waterways rivers, swamps and canals aboard his barge “The Heart Of Gold” in “The Lonesome Traveller Diaries”..

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A crowd funding campaign was set up and the response was overwhelming. The Sonic Gypsy debut album “Born A Rolling Stone”, recorded at Demon Studios in Manchester, is now getting airplay in the UK and Nationwide USA Airplay, critical acclaim on SHOOTER JENNINGS ELECTRIC RODEO SHOW on SIRIUS XM, and airplay on blues and rock radio stations all around the world..

The Sonic Gypsy is 100% independent and has no label, management or agent, and until now has been playing by invitation and public demand.. so if you are interested in booking or working with one of the wildest and most entertaining rock n roll bands on the planet, please get in touch.

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“Born A Rolling Stone” The debut solo album from The Sonic Gypsy is now available for digital download on Amazon, Itunes, Google Play and streaming on Spotify and Tidal .

As you read this I’m adrift somewhere on the Engish Delta..





I Like:
The Doors, Howlin Wolf, Dick Dale, Motorhead, John Lee Hooker, Black Flag, Canned Heat, MC5, Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin, Bo Diddley, Hendrix, Minor Threat, The Rolling Stones, F1, Malcom and Donald Campbell, The Pink Fairies, BMX, Hawkwind, BMC 1500 diesels, Black Sabbath, Sonic Youth, The Triple Chicken Combo, dented cars that never give up, The Only Ones, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Teo Miller, The Chantays, Epiphone, Red Bull X fighters, Northern soul, Cypress Hill, Kraftwerk, Miles Davis, The North West Passage, John Cale, Will Self, Choppers, The Black Kat Boppers, The Ramones, Pot dealers and their funny ways, Rothko, Pollock, Papa Lazarou, Nikola Tesla, Winston Churchill, The One Lounge, Brooklands, Kaptain Boogie, The Beastie Boys, Scalextric, Michaelangelo, Barry Sheene, The K+A, Red wine, Rick Rubin, Colin McCrae, Chuck Jaeger, Bob Dylan, Julius Caesar, Hancock and Lane, Brian Chapman, RATM, The Velvet Slow Dogs, Electroharmonix, THe Grand Union, Russ Collins, The Nurburgring, Johnny Cash, Buzz Aldrin, Jack Kerouac, John Cobb, Henry V, Woody Guthrie, The Stainless Steel Rat, Mallory and Irvine, The Merry Pranksters, Snoop, The Wailers, Sharks, Free, Caligula, Reinhold Messner, David Beckhams right foot, The Heart Of Gold, 22, Southern Region Carriers, the Rivers Thames, Lee & Stort, Zinadine Zidane, the sea, rain on a tent, grinders, go karts, jetskiing, donuts, fried eggs, abstract anything, friendly people..


The Sonic Gypsy Band are: Mickey Banks (The Sonic Gypsy): Vocals / Electric Slide Guitar, Kaptain Boogie: Lead Guitar, Pig Man: Harmonica / Trumpet, Dub Punk: Bass, Mon Duncalf: Drums.

The Sonic Gypsy has no record label, agent, manager so if you would like to say hello here or on Facebook, talk to me or just follow the recordings and bizarre adventures of a genuine Sonic Gypsy.. be great to hear from you!

Mickey Banks

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