Jazz, blues and old time tunes
I sing with a duo, trio or quartet, ranging from bluegrass-inspired fiddle tunes to swing standards. Influences range from Bessie Smith and Maria Muldaur to Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day.
We perform regularly at venues and festivals across the UK. My first album, including a mix of instrumentation, was released in January 2020.
The Swing Commanders
The Swing Commanders perform across the UK and abroad, have recorded 4 albums and shared festival stages with the likes of The Jive Aces and Tuba Skinny. Dancers and country fans alike enjoy the mix of steel guitar and fiddle alongside boogie and jive from the 40s and 50s.
"If you've had a bad day, go and see The Swing Commanders. If you've had a good day, go and see The Swing Commanders. They are feel-good, foot-tapping and spirit-lifting. The arrangements are lively, upbeat and fun. This is how music should make you feel!" - North West End
I have recorded for Mahogany Sessions, Radio 1's Live Lounge and Radio Wales as well as working remotely on tracks for international pop artists Olly Murs, Au/Ra and Last Breath. Working with recording and mixing engineer David Coyle, we arrange and record string parts for music artists and bands, sourcing extra players where needed.
Recitals and Lunchtime Concerts
Pianist Tom Kimmance and I perform much loved chamber music together. This year repertoire has included the Debussy violin sonata, Beethoven Spring Sonata and Heifitz's arrangements of Gershwin Porgy and Bess
All upcoming dates postponed due to pandemic (including Upton Jazz and Black Mountain Jazz)
18/1: Swing Commanders in Yeovil
31/1: Jazz, blues and old time tunes at Zeferellis, Ambleside
1/2: Private function, Inglewood Manor
2/2: Swing Commanders in Barnsley
7/2: Private function, Preston
8/2: Swing Commanders, Howden
14/2: Swing Commanders Victory Dance, Sale Masonic
27/2: Jazz, blues and old time tunes at Grovesnor Pulford
6/3: Swing Commanders in Morecambe
7/3: Jazz, blues and old time tunes in Beresford Village Hall
13/3: Jazz, blues and old time tunes at Catch 22, Angelsey
14/3: Swing Commanders matinee and evening performance at the Bob Hope theatre