As an old movie fan, I’ve noticed how often the plot or subplot has to do with vaudeville either being dead or dying. Think of Gypsy, The Sunshine Boys, Limelight, Babes in Arms, Ziegfeld Girl and others. I never once thought I would see it revived until I discovered the multi-talented, Gunhild Carling. I first saw her as an unnamed blonde prancing around a stage, reminding me a little of Cab Calloway, but also a bit like a guest who may have stayed too late at a party. But when she grabbed her bagpipes and started playing and swinging with the band, I was transfixed.
When that same unnamed blonde showed up again in my Facebook feed singing, scatting, playing the trombone and tap dancing in Central Park, I decided to find out about her.
Gunhild Carling was born into a family of musicians in 1975 in Gothenburg, Sweden. At age 7, she started touring and performing with them. She writes music, sings, tap dances, plays the harmonica, trombone, trumpet, harp, bagpipes, odd shepherd’s pipes, flute, banjo, piano and heaven knows what else.