Toni Swain Quintet
Thursday 15 March 7.00pm
“Few performers in Australia can match Toni Swain…her musicianship and stage presence is awesome enough, then there’s her voice which reaches right in and grabs you by the heart and soul. Her sets are built on strong rhythms that rollick and sway while her songs shine a distinctive light on everyday life. She is that good, she makes it look easy” (Bones Mackinnon, 3SERfm)
Fabulous rhythm and blues diva Toni Swain brings her Quintet to The Ellington.
Toni listened to her Dad’s trad jazz band in Perth as a young child, danced and sang along to the vinyl collection at home – Joni, Ella, Stevie, Etta, Michael, Donny, rock n roll, country, pop, soul; an eclectic mix that influenced her song writing from the beginning. Toni wrote her first tune aged 11, then proceeded to record it using 2 cassette decks, laying down drums, piano, vocals and guitar. At 13 she was busking in Hay Street Mall, confident enough in her songs to sing them loudly to the world. At 19 she was on the road with a rock opera band, touring the eastern coast. A life time of live shows, touring and recording followed in Australia and overseas. Music commitments has seen Toni reside in Sydney, Cairns, and now Melbourne. Toni has produced 3 albums and 3 EP’s to date. The latest album “Deepest Water” (2016) skyrocketed to number 2 on the Blues & Roots Charts on release.
Rhythms Magazine describes Toni’s music as “a glorious fusion of blues, r & b, soul and jazz….it defies categorization”. There is a sophistication in her original compositions, always delivered with style and panache, and that incredible voice! Toni is renowned for her intense, moving, live performances.
Toni is backed by a stellar band carefully hand picked from Melbourne, Sydney and Perth’s best jazz and blues players. Voila! The Toni Swain Quintet is elevated to the international stage. An act not to be missed.
“Toni Swain finds that spot in my musical love life marked Bonnie Raitt and Shelby Lynne.” (Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald)
“To have a strong, beautiful voice is one thing. To marry that with the ability to write lyrical and engaging songs is what puts Toni Swain in a rare and valuable league.” (Adrian Reeves)
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