|Sunday 23 September 2018 @ 02:00pm : -
Swervy World take songs from 1900's to the 1990's.. American songbook classics, Western Swing, film and novelty songs - and cover them with well crafted arrangements, hard hitting vocals and spicey solos. Fans of old time jazz, swing and blues have come to the right address.
The band have been working in a full time professional capacity since 1996 (this is the day job!). The subsequent wealth of musical experience results in an entertaining show: Everyone on the stage loves the music, and that is noticeable! Swervy World make music of theatre and theatre of music, playing to the tune which has built the band its reputation.
In 1994 Swervy World started out as a motley crew of street performers with a variety of troubadours coming through the ranks. Now pared down to a core group of 4 performers, musicians and close friends, Swervy World is a band, but works in the way of a theatre company, producing a variety of shows for stage and street.
Swervy World have produced a colourful variety of shows. Brave beginnings saw the band travelling by horses and covered waggons. In 2000 the troupe made a show that had a six week residency at the 'O2' in Londons docklands. In todays climate where arts funding is scarce, survival is a 'back to basics' approach where (hopefully) the music speaks for itself.
Swervy World have performed at The 100 Club in Oxford St, The London Hippodrome, The Albert Hall (for a JK Rowling book launch) BBC televisions 'Down To Earth'. BBC Radio Orwell, plus scores of venues and street events up and down Britain and abroad. Their Visual Art/Music Installations have been commissioned by Walk the Plank, Knee High Theatre, Zap Productions and Sea Change Arts.
"Brass-studded classics from the 20's, 30s and beyond, Swervy World is a street band as well as a stage band, which means they actually bother to perform, make a show, like it matters: because when you see the difference, it really does! That may indeed be Swerving away from the norm, but it hits the spot." ~ Steve Henwood, Festival Director, Bath Fringe