JUNO award winners, The Swinging Belles, a swing band for kids from St. John’s, NL, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family!
The Swinging Belles feature child educators and performers Laura Winter and Erin Power joined by guitarist extraordinaire Duane Andrews. This show is all about getting kids and parents out to have a dance and enjoy some swing country and jazz – kid style. Every Swinging Belles performance is packed with music, interactive storytelling and dancing … lots of dancing!
Both Erin and Laura both have Masters degrees in Education and Folklore respectively. They have been working in the classroom for the past number of years and their love of folk, swing jazz and country music seeped into their pedagogy and is showcased through songs and stories supported by guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. Guitar guru Duane Andrews is an established international performer having performed on stages such as the Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz festivals. He is an accomplished composer and producer as well. This multi-award winning artist is thrilled to be able to bring his passion for Swing Jazz and NL traditional music to an enthusiastic young audience.
With three albums under their belts, The Swinging Belles have played everywhere kids can be found. Shows in schools, book stores, breweries, living rooms, theaters and outdoor stages have given The Belles a chance to craft a show that engages all audiences. With exciting plans underway, the Belles are looking forward to getting back to performing live for both the young and the young at heart!
With songs, stories, puppets, dancing and more… “The trio have all the tools to mesmerize tots from Paris to Texas, London to Istanbul and back.” – Dillon Collins, The Newfoundland Herald