SUGAHSPANK! & THE SWING SHOES performs the song "YO YO" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY ELIAS PAPAHARALAMPOUS
The Swing Shoes were formed in Athens in 2006. Initially a street guitar duo, they gradually evolved into a four piece, adding bass and drums. More often then not they perform with a fifth member on harmonica.
At first their music appears to follow the rules of the swing folk idiom; it is rhythmic, vibrant, feel-good music. However, their covers of traditional Greek tunes, jazz standards, and several off-the-cuff numbers are so unpredictable that the listener finds himself puzzled, wondering “where does this familiar tune come from?” They appear regularly in many clubs in Athens and have played many festivals all over Greece.
Their first album “Ladies & Gents, HERE’S THE SWING SHOES” was released in 2010 on Prominence Recordings and received rave reviews. It was a predominantly instrumental album of traditional and gypsy swing tunes, with just one song featuring Sugahspank!, marking the beginning of a long-term collaboration that continues to this day with explosive results.
In 2012 they performed in front of 8000 people at the Athens Concert Hall Gardens. In 2013 they appeared for the first time in Germany (Munich’s Kulturfestival) and Cyprus. In 2014 they returned to the Athens Concert Hall to record their second album, A Holy Show, which includes original material written with Sugahspank!. Their music nowadays has a lot of blues and gospel influences, but remains as driving and energetic as ever.
Sugahspank! – Vocals
Adonis Goulielmos – Guitar
George Koutras – Guitar, Slide Guitar, Clarinet, Backing Vocals
Panos Tomaras – Bass, Backing Vocals
Vaggelis Kasvikis – Drums
Iakovos Krokos – Harmonica
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