The Swingles

 

New album FOLKLORE out 24 March

The Swingles sign with IMG Artists

We are delighted to announce that The Swingles have signed with IMG Artists as our worldwide booking agents. As we begin a new year, we are thrilled to have IMG on board to help us reach new audiences and realise the creative projects we are cooking up for 2016. It has been a pleasure to work with IMG’s New York office over the last year, and they have put together a packed tour of the US for us this spring. We can’t wait to build on that relationship as part of their global roster, and look forward to concerts in Europe, Asia and beyond.

For information about upcoming tour dates, see our shows page.

To our US fans: cancelled holiday shows

We are devastated that following major delays by US immigration in processing our visas, we have been forced to cancel our tour of the US East Coast. We were so looking forward to this trip and bringing our new holiday music to the States, and it has been beyond frustrating to be stuck in London over the past few days, bags packed and ready to go, at the mercy of processes outside our control. We held off cancelling the tour outright for as long as possible in the hope that we’d be able to make at least some dates; it is now clear that this won’t be possible. More than anything else, we are so sad to be letting down our fans in Atlanta, Raleigh, D.C., New York, Clinton and Pelham, and the promoters who worked so hard to make the shows possible in the first place. If you were planning to attend and would like information about refunds, please contact the concert venues directly; for our part, we are doing everything we can to reschedule all postponed shows for our next full US tour in the spring. Sending all our love and best wishes for the holidays – The Swingles x

 

Yule Songs vol. II – out now!

Our brand new Christmas album Yule Songs vol. II is officially released today! You can purchase your copy right now from Amazon UK (physical CD), iTunes (digital), and listen on Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Rdio and Tidal.

Following our Yule Songs EP in 2011, the full album entitled Yule Songs vol. II is a wintry mix of well-known carols, reimagined classics and brand new originals exploring the magic, mystery and mayhem of the festive season. One of these originals, The Thaw, features the incredible vocals of jazz legend Kurt Elling, whom we're honoured to be sharing a stage with at Cadogan Hall next week. (Ed recently blogged about the incredible experience of hearing Kurt sing his song – check it out.)

We're so excited for you to hear the album, and we'll be officially launching it with a London show at The Forge Camden on 29 November. It's a beautiful, intimate venue and tickets are just £10, so if you're anywhere near London we're fully expecting to see you there! Then in December we're touring the new material in the eastern USA and Russia – see the shows page for details.

Don't fight it... let the Christmasiness commence!


ForWard: the programme

Ward Swingle would have turned 88 today, and we really can't imagine a better way to celebrate the man and his music than Saturday night's concert. It was an extraordinary evening of song, laughter and tears. To share a stage with almost 40 former Swingles, and hear them sing his brilliant arrangements with such panache, really brought home how privileged we are to carry Ward's legacy forward.

In an otherwise pretty perfect evening, some delivery company incompetence meant that the programmes we'd had printed never made it to the venue. So here, in digital form, is the design. We'll be rounding up photos, audio and video from Saturday night in due course but for now we hope this serves as a reminder of a very special night.

With love,

The Swingles.