The Sonic Gypsy (AKA Mickey Banks) is the wayward son of a mountain climbing, boat building nuclear scientist and part time explorer. He was brought up in the mountains of northern England by the Irish Sea on motorcycles, snakebite, The Doors and John Lee Hooker.. Mickey was lead singer with ground-breaking major label rock band Scorpio Rising, signed by the legendary Seymour Stein to Sire Elektra and recording with Steve Osborne (Rolling Stones, U2) touring and playing many festivals playing on the same stage as Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins and others..
2019.. and after 20 years of crazy adventures outside the music industry .. Mickey (“The Sonic Gypsy”) is back, and having unleashed a stunning debut album “BORN A ROLLING STONE” has now put together an amazing new 5 piece sonic electric delta rock n roll band, including teaming up with the lead guitarist Captain Boogie (Scorpio Rising and Eletrafixion) who will be showcasing brand new sonic material at Black Deer!
The Sonic Gypsy is a very rare thing, a real English sonic bluesman living as a continuous cruiser on the English delta. As well as playing live shows all over the UK (including shows with with country rock star Shooter Jennings and US rock band Skinny Molly, and appearing at the New Wave Of Classic Rock Festival in Wakefield, were invited to play the prestigious DESERT FEST in London) Sonic Gypsy is now getting on-going radio airplay on Radio Caroline with Peter Anthony and Suzy Wilde as well as National USA airplay on Sirius XM – Shooter Jennings, son of the legendary Waylon is a Sonic Gypsy fan and featured the band on his radio show!
Mickey is also fast becoming the ‘Kerouac of The Canals’ documenting his wild 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’.
Discover the UK’s best kept rock n roll secret – Sonic Gypsy (the band) are taking a break from recording the second Sonic Gypsy album, an epic double studio album to play the BLACK DEER festival on the DesertScene Stage!Listen on Spotify Book tickets