Last Chance Ragtime Band
Opening the exchange for us on Friday night will be the Last Chance Ragtime Band. The Band have been Oxford Swing Festival regulars – going down a storm in ’15, 16 and 17!
The Last Chance Ragtime Band is a group dedicated to putting jazz on the dance floor.
Their musical inspirations are the New Orleans Jazz Bands of Frenchman Street, and LCRB plays music especially crafted for swing dancers from greats such as Jelly Roll Morton, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael.
They are popular with dancers all over the UK and we are delighted to welcome them back to Oxford!
Battle of the Bands!
Two of the hottest swing bands in the UK will be facing each other in our Saturday Night BATTLE OF THE BANDS. We are thrilled to welcome Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra and the Basin Street Brawlers to the Oxford Union Debating Chamber for what will be a not-to-be-missed night of swing music and dancing in a unique and historic venue.
Basin Street Brawlers
Already enormously popular across the Lindy Hop scene, we are ecstatic to welcome them to Oxford Lindy Exchange for what is sure to be an epic swing showdown.
This band of master musicians swing and stomp their way through the most beautiful melodies and raucous rags of the 1920s and 1930s. Their debut record ‘It’s Tight Like That’ has garnered critical acclaim, and was described as a work of ‘world class musicianship by the BBC.
Their debut record ‘It’s Tight Like That’ has garnered critical acclaim
Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra
Also slugging it out in our unmissable swing battle – Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra are one of the finest orchestras on the European Swing scene. Led by their outstanding and charismatic band leader, Benoit and his Orchestra have played all over the world, fulfilling the vision of a contemporary orchestra who command the dance floor like the master entertainers of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s.
Benoit and his Orchestra have played all over the world, fulfilling the vision of a contemporary orchestra who command the dance floor
Our late night blues hideaway will feature the fantastic Dan Nash. Dan is well known and loved by Blues dancers; playing regularly for Blues events across the UK and Europe.
Dan’s music harks back to the roots of early rent party/juke playing. Dan’s performances encompass the whole acoustic blues genre from the rough-edge bottleneck blues of the Mississippi Delta to the intricate finger-picking styles of Texas and the Carolinas. He focuses on rare and standard blues classics by bluesmen such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker and Lightnin’ Hopkins.
Down for the Count Swing Orchestra
Closing the weekend, the Down for the Count Swing Orchestra, who are looking forward to swinging the Oxford Union down to its foundations! After making their Oxford debut in 2015, DFTC played for in our first battle of the bands in 2016.
The orchestra bring the sounds of the Swing Era back to life, performing tailor-made arrangements of big band classics from the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman.
As an orchestra featuring many Lindy Hoppers – they understand how to play for dancers and are sure to bring the weekend to an amazing conclusion!