Orphans Cabaret 


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Orphan Leisl

leisl aetna bonelli


Who doesn't like the smell of basil and fresh pasta? Leisl surely knows her bit and she is the master. Just taste her lasagne whilst listening to the magical stories she weaves with her melodies and you will be transformed to places of wonder and beauty. Just mention the word 'Italy' then sit back and prepare yourself for the ride of a lifetime whilst Leisl takes you on a magical journey filled with the descriptions of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of her mis-spent youth.
Orphan Brian

b.t. bonelli

Vocals, Guitars

B.T. loves the ryhthms of the world and lets his right hand speak for him... unless, of course, he is singing, then his mouth takes the stage. This sometimes leads to trouble being as how he really has little control over this instrument and sometimes, just sometimes, things pop out of it that lead to frivolity, and then lots of troubled and pained explanation.


Orphan Nick

nicholas newberry

Accordion, Backing Vocals

There is a horse hair wallet sitting on the sunbleached bench next to a worn out burro pulling a cart of dusty boxes. Nicholas sits next to the exhausted animal, watching and waiting, remembering his sordid past as a lonely pick-pocket in the dangerous back-alley streets of Peoa, Utah. Upon sentencing, the judge ordered Nicholas, as penance for his crimes, to spend his lifetime traveling the hot, dusty streets of nowhere USA, playing the accordion everytime people might gather. Mark my words; you will be entranced by his magical artistry on the Devil's own instrument.
Orphan Heather

heather garden

Vocals, Banjo

Flying through the air on a silken string, Heather loves to weave a delicate melody though the dangerous flora of the mountain desert armed only with a backwater banjo and a sweet sense of being. You will hang on her every expression as you are wrapped in her web of song.
Orphan Bryan

bryan bale

Bass, Vocals, Hand Percussion

Bryan mastered the 9 mantras of early Egyptian percussion lore, learned 32 of the world's languages fluently, and picked up on the intracies of Newtonian physics - including mastering the argument of why, while cumbersome, Newton's calculus was superior to Leibniz's - all by the age of 8 years. After reaching the 10th level of Buddhist ascendance while meditating for 3 months in the Bavarian highlands and learning to prepare a mean quiche, Mr. Bale decided his calling was to sing and play bass. This was what lent his soul peace.
Orphan Bob


bob smith


Bob spent somewhere between 40 and 187 days "fasting" and "meditating" with Carlos Castaneda in Death Valley in the early 1980's. Coming out of the desert after this intense vision quest, Bob realized that he had actually only been gone for the afternoon and was really in Zzyzx looking for the mineral baths. His traveling companion wasn't really Carlos Castaneda, either, but was, in fact, the notorious Wicca Man who had shown Bob the mysteries of sound, the mysteries of hitting something metal with something else metal, and that this sound was good. Bob meditates with the Orphans Cabaret often, and Wicca Man is always by his side as the wonder that is percussion explodes around him.
  January 12, 2022