Category Archives: Swing

Speakeasies’ Swing Band

The Speakeasies’ Swing Band was formed in Thessaloniki, Greece.
They are a group of very talented musicians who seemingly have a distinct joy for making wonderful swing music. They didn’t go the electro-swing way, they play their own original instruments as they would have been in a Speakeasy back in the 20’s.

The Speakeasies’ Swing Band are
Caterina Sisinni – Vocals
Panos Karnoutsos – Electric Guitar
Giannis Ntalianis – Acoustic Guitar
Panos Voulgarakis – Double Bass
Manolis Stamatiadis – Piano
Christos Papadopoulos – Clarinet
Stergios Koias – Drums

Ex/Honorary Members
Ilias Gkirmpas – Clarinet, Sax
Thanos Anagnostopoulos – Violin

The Speakeasies’ Swing Band make appearances all over Europe and have also released an EP called “Bathtub Gin” (a definite requirement for a Speakeasy), and a full length album “Land of Plenty”.

The first track below was the first song I heard from the band, and at that point I was hooked. The rest of this post is a kind of meander around their amazing collection of great tunes, the toughest part was deciding what to include (or what to leave out). So let’s get to the music.

I defy you to keep your feet still, this is one great piece of swing. In addition to the music you have a very evocative video. And the awesome sultry sexy voice of Caterina, wow. She’s got that oomph. Brilliant.
Black Swamp Village

Recorded at Cue Productions Studio by Yannis Mavridis.
Mixed by Yannis Mavridis and mastered by Dimitris Vasiliadis.
Main Direction: Aristotelis Papakonstantinou – Efharis Leontopoulou Ntomprou

Here we have a recent appearance at Obudai Nyar 2016 in Budapest, Hungary back in June. A great bouncy tune that was obviously enjoyed by the locals, with some really cool dancing in the street.
Πέρα Βρέχει

filmed by Efharis Leontopoulou Nt.
edited by Efharis Leontopoulou Nt. & Panos Karnoutsos
Recorded live at “Royal Alzheimer Hall” studio
by Titos Kariotakis, Christos Harbilas & Orestis Patsinakidis.
Mixed & mastered by Titos Kariotakis & Christos Harbilas.
Produced by the Speakeasies’ Swing Band!

Another great song, as long as you are not afraid of gypsies, from a live show at Principal, Thessaloniki, Greece. Caterina as usual in fine voice and the band are tight as usual. I love the authenticity of their music, and the joy with which they perform it.
Gypsy Curse

sound engineer – Christos Harbilas
video: Alexis Karnoutsos
camera: Alexis Karnoutsos, Giorgos Botanos, Antonis Prodromou

For some reason I always see the monster dancing in top hat and tails from the movie Young Frankenstein when I hear this song. But thankfully with this version Caterina and the band take that image away. A great rendition of a true classic. This is also from that brilliant night at Principal, Thessaloniki, Greece. I think I would have loved to have been there.
Puttin’ on the Ritz

sound engineer – Christos Harbilas
video: Alexis Karnoutsos
camera: Alexis Karnoutsos, Giorgos Botanos, Antonis Prodromou

I’m gonna leave you with this gem, a great piece of music from a great movie performed by a great band.
“The Vintage News Rythm Section presents its first 1 take music show reel. With 5 cameras rolling The Speakeasies Swing Band (From Greece) performed as part of Hep Cats Holiday.”
A great period piece, the sepia print gives it that vintage touch.
Theme from The Godfather

SiLyA & The Sailors

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I was thinking it was about time to revisit SiLyA & The Sailors, they of the awesome swing/rock/jazz/funk/cabaret music. And boy was my timing on.
They have released a new album, Resolution, it came out Friday with more chapters to follow.

If you visited the old blog you will remember SiLyA & The Sailors. SiLyA is of course the gorgeous Norwegian red-head with the awesome pipes.
They are heading for a Norwegian tour, it’ll be a hot time in the old town on October 14 when they hit Sentrum Scene, in Oslo. I’d love to be there for that.

Anyhow, let’s get to the music, it is so delish.

Wow! Talk about hot of the presses, this only dropped 4 hours ago. And boy is it hot. This is SiLyA & The Sailors in real top form, betcha can’t sit still. Amazing, awesome, brilliant, and in addition SiLyA is looking hotter than ever. This band is just so tight.
Lift me up

Photographer: Pål Laukli
Make up : Trude Mokkelbost Laukli
Edit: Magnus Evensen, Shortcut Oslo
Grading: William Schaad, Uhørt
Lyrics & Melody by Silya Nymoen
Music by Silya Nymoen & KNS Prod.

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SiLyA is back with a bang, not that she ever went away. This is an awesome song, it just rocks in a swing kind of way. Loving the whole vibe. And a brilliant video to go with it.
Beauty & Terror

Story by Silya Nymoen
Animation and additional story by Frej Bengtsson
Greenscreen photo/film/camera: Per – Ingvar Holm/ Parkas Film
Studio/ Special thanks to:
Krypton Film / Jørn Broll
Lyrics & Melody by Silya Nymoen
Music by Silya Nymoen & Neill Sanford Livingston

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📸 Jørn Hauganfoto Kristensen

This is a great song I had posted on my previous blog post, but that video is dead and this is a great live version. This is from a Norwegian entertainment series. “In Star Game” you meet established artists who compete in a variety of music genres and fight for the title of Norway’s ultimate entertainer. I don’t know if she won, but she sure kicks butt.
Sucka

Norsk underholdningsserie. I Stjernekamp møtes etablerte artister for å konkurrere i en rekke ulike musikksjangere og kjempe om tittelen som Norges ultimate entertainer.

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📸 Pål Laukli

Here’s a great number from their live performance @ Grefsenkollen i Oslo under festivalen Over Oslo, a couple of months ago. Check out how many members in the band, and they are as ever oh so tight and she is as ever oh so smooth and oh so hot.

To My Capitan

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It’s always great to hear different versions of songs you like. So check out this where SiLyA & a coupla Sailors perform a stripped down version of “Beauty & Terror” on God Morgen Norge ( Good Morning Norway) on May 24 2016.
Beauty & Terror

Vocals, lyrics and melody: Silya Nymoen
Guitar: Truls Hval
Bass: Endre Hareide Hallre
Trombone: Sigurd Evensen

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