SwingFest 2024 - Bands

Two world-class swing bands to keep you entertained, your toes tapping and the dance floor swinging!

Louise Messenger

The Intercontinentals

Louise Messenger is an Australian Jazz/Contemporary vocalist, now based in London.

Louise loves all things swing. Her greatest influences are Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, Keely Smith and the Boswell Sisters. As well as classic standards, she is always seeking tunes that are a little left of centre, and loves to bring back to life songs from Tin Pan Alley and the Great American Songbook that have been forgotten in the jazz canon.

With a dynamic and smokey voice, Louise loves to entertain and connect with her audiences. An avid swing dancer herself, she loves to sing for dancers as well as jazz lovers, and can most often be found on stage completely unable to stand still.

Louise's career has been wide and varied - beginning her career in the early 2000's, her love of jazz led her to study at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide.

Louise has been lucky in her career to have a wide variety of performance experiences - from major television appearances to performing all over Australia, Asia and touring to New Orleans. Since moving to London she has performed both in London and Europe with such wonderful ensembles as The Gordon Webster Band, The London Dance Orchestra, The Palace Avenue Dance Band, The Swing Ninjas, with her vocal trio The Shout SIsters and of course, as the Louise Messenger Swingtet at venues such as The London Lindy Exchange, The Ned, The Oriole Bar, Nightjar, Crazy Coqs, Oxo Tower, Cafe Boheme, The Boisedale, Tiger Rag and The Blues Kitchen.

Louise has also written, directed and produced several stage shows and has enjoyed sold out seasons in the Adelaide Fringe, and Adelaide International Cabaret Festival. For more information, head to Louise's Projects tab.

https://www.louisemessenger.com

Louise Messenger

Duncan Hemstock

The Intercontinentals

Duncan was given his first clarinet and a Benny Goodman cassette when he was 13. Upon hearing the first phrase, he fell in love with Jazz and Swing music and eventually he made his way to the local jazz club. There he learnt from and worked with many talented and experienced musicians, and was lucky to be taught by virtuoso clarinet player Andy Firth. Growing up in Adelaide, he toured in the much loved Royal Garden Jazz band and as a soloist all across Australia.

Now living in London, Duncan is relishing the many opportunities to perform for dancers and concert audiences alike throughout the UK and Europe. He brings his joy for life and music to every performance, always delivering with a smile and a cheeky quip or two. His clarinet playing is not only influenced by Goodman, but also the fiery intent of Edmond Hall, while his Tenor Saxophone approach is inspired by the great Lester Young.

http://www.duncanhemstock.com

Duncan Hemstock