In the early 70s WASO emerged from a larger grouping of gypsy musicians headed by Piotto Lindberger (violin). His son Viri was the rhythm guitarist and Michel Verstraeten played bass. The lead role was taken at first by guitarist Fapy Lafertin (who left to pursue a solo career) and then passed to Koen de Cauter who took up the clarinet as well as playing solo guitar. In the 80s the British saxophonist Bill Greenow took over the leadership. The band has always mixed the style of the Quintette Du Hot Club De France with Hungarian/Romany styles and has been especially popular playing the club circuits.
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