SWANEE – FESTIVAL
SUNSHINE ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL 2019
– TICKETED SHOW –
Arriving in Adelaide from Glasgow in 1961, John Swan also known as “Swanee” was soon earning the respect and friendship of many of Australia’s musical legends. By age 14 he was playing in bands in Adelaide and took Bon Scott’s place in the blues-rock band Fraternity.
With a formidable blues voice that can also do credit to a soul ballad, his no-nonsense personality comes through in his performances and his incredible work ethic has endeared him to many of Australia’s finest players. His version of “If I Were a Carpenter” and the album “This Time It’s Different” with another two hits, “Temporary Heartache” and “Lady What’s Your Name”, propelled him to national fame.
Swanee’s tenure as lead singer of The Party Boys proved to be the group’s most successful period. “He’s Gonna Step on You Again” was a No. 1 hit, followed up by “Hold Your Head Up” also going Top 20 and their self-titled album made the Top 5. Swanee was recognised in the 2017 Australia Day awards with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his work with various charities. In 2017 he teamed up with war veteran Rob Pickersgill to form the Warrior Music Project, using music to better the lives of our military veterans, police officers and first responders.