Why hire Back Porch Swing Band?
If you're looking for a band with a swingin' rhythm and an old timey flavor, look no further. This group combines the talents of 5 noteable musicians responsible for the tapping of thousands of feet across Ohio for the last 15 years. The band specializes in Western Swing, but plays several musical styles, ranging from Appalachian tunes, Blues, Old Country & Folk, to a lot of Swing music from the '20's, '30's, '40's. Requests from the audience are frequently honored. Dance music includes swing, jitterbug, two steps, waltzes, polkas, shaddishs, and square dances.
If you're looking for a band with a swingin' rhythm and an old timey flavor, look no further. This group combines the talents of 5 noteable musicians responsible for the tapping of thousands of feet across Ohio for the last 15 years. The band specializes in Western Swing, but plays several musical styles , ranging from Appalachian tunes, Blues, Old Country & Folk, to a lot of Swing music from the '20's, '30's, '40's. Requests from the audience are frequently honored. Dance music includes swing, jitterbug, two steps, waltzes, polkas, shaddishs, and square dances.
Included among the more than 85 shows they average each year, are several County Fairs; Sternwheeler cruises on the Ohio River; Shaker Woods & Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Fests; Burr Oak and Malabar State Parks; Concert series in Lancaster, Dublin, Westerville, Worthington, Barnesville, Youngstown, Grove City, Wadsworth, Clifton; Cincinnatti's Appalachian Fest and Tall Stacks Fest; and countless dances.
It's the hot fiddle playing of Adam Jackson from Chesterhill, Ohio that keeps those feet moving. Adam is a 3 time Ohio State Champion Fiddler, and has won championships at the Michigan , West Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic States Contests. He learned his craft from Master Fiddler Kenny Sidle, who was a National Heritage award winner. Adam works as a pharmacist in Chillicothe, Oh. & teaches fiddle on the side.
Our lead female vocalist is Kris Geis, adding great lead & harmony vocals to the show. With her wonderful vocal range, she presents music from the era of Bob Wills, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. Kris teaches aerobics classes in Muskingum County where she lives with her husband & 2 children near Zanesville, Oh.
Driving the band & swinging on his upright bass is Dave Irwin. Dave also plays in several other groups in his hometown area of Columbus, Oh.
Also carrying lead & harmony vocals and the guitar work on his Gibson guitar, is Pete Shew," the man with a thousand tunes". When not making music, he raises apples, lambs, and beef with his wife on his Morgan County, Ohio farm, near McConnelsville.
Trading instrumental solos with Adam is Caleb Hutslar from Columbus on keyboard really and he really makes the band jump. Caleb teaches piano in Columbus.
Andy Merritt from Columbus on electric mandolin and swinging fiddle fills out the roster.
So, whether you're looking for a family oriented variety act, a hot dance band with a swinging dance rhythm you can't resist, or an historical anomaly that will knock your socks off, we suggest stepping out to THE BACKPORCH SWING BAND.
Pete Shew: Guitar, Vocals
Adam Jackson: Fiddle
Dave Irwin: Bass
Kris Geis: Vocals
Caleb Hutslar: Piano
Andy Merritt: Mandolin, Fiddle
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 240 minutes
Here is a partial list of our music.
After You've Gone
12th Street Rag
A Fool Such as I
Benny's From Heaven
Bring it on Down to My House, Honey
Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy
Columbus Stockade Blues
Deed I Do
Don't Fence Me In
Down in Dallas
Dream a Little Dream of Me
End of the Line
Exactly like You
Fly Around my Pretty Little Miss
Frim Fram Sauce
Help Me Make it Through the Night
I Can't Believe that You're in Love with Me
I Can't Give you Anything but Love
I Just Want to Dance With You
I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart
I'll Keep on Loving You
I'm so Lonesome I could Cry
In the Jailhouse Now
It's My Lazy Day
It's Only a Paper Moon
Lady Be Good
Lone Star Rag
Long Gone John
Miles & Miles of Texas
My Blue Heaven
Night Rider's Lament
No Moon at All
Old Fashioned Love
Pan Handle Rag
Papa's on the Housetop
Peach Pickin Time in Georgia
San Antonio Rose
Since I met you Baby
Singing the Blues
Sioux City Sue
Sit Right Down & Write Myself a Letter
Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette
Someday You'll want me to Want You
Sooner or Later
Stranger Things Have Happened
Thanks A Lot
TugBoat / That's What I Like About the South
Walking After Midnight
Past Booked Dates:
12-21-2012 — Zanesville Square Dance Sunrise Center
12-12-2012 — Marietta VFW Square Dance
11-14-2012 — Marietta VFW Square Dance
11-09-2012 — Zanesville Sunrise Center Square Dance
11-03-2012 — Clifton Opera House
10-27-2012 — Malabar Farm State Park Square Dance
10-10-2012 — Marietta VFW Square Dance
10-07-2012 — Prairie Peddler Festival, Butler, Oh
09-29-2012 — Malabar Farm State Park Square Dance
09-15-2012 — Lancaster Barn Square Dance
09-12-2012 — Marietta VFW Square Dance
09-08-2012 — Morgan County County Fair Concert
09-02-2012 — Ashville Concert in Park
08-26-2012 — Minster Concert in Park
08-10-2012 — Zanesville Sunrise Center Square Dance
08-08-2012 — Marietta VFW Square Dance
08-04-2012 — Malabar Farm State Park Square Dance
07-14-2012 — McConnelsville Civil War Ball
07-13-2012 — Zanesville Sunrise Center Square Dance
07-11-2012 — Marietta VFW Square Dance
07-07-2012 — Malabar Farm State Park Square Dance
06-30-2012 — Lancaster Olivedale Square Dance
06-15-2012 — Zanesville Square Dance Sunrise Center
06-13-2012 — Marietta VFW Square Dance
06-01-2012 — Chauncey Elementary School Concert
05-26-2012 — Malabar Farm State Park Square Dance
05-19-2012 — Clifton Opera House Concert
05-11-2012 — Zanesville Senior Center Square Dance
05-09-2012 — Marietta VFW Square Dance
04-28-2012 — Malabar Farm State Park Square Dance
04-22-2012 — Wooster Historic Society Concert
04-14-2012 — Wilmot Wilderness Center Concert
04-11-2012 — Marietta VFW Square Dance
04-06-2012 — Zanesville Sunrise Center Square Dance
03-14-2012 — Marietta VFW Square Dance
03-09-2012 — Zanesville Senior Center Square Dance
02-25-2012 — Lancaster Olivedale Square Dance
02-18-2012 — Granville OEFFA Conference, Contra Dance
02-08-2012 — Marietta VFW Square Dance
02-03-2012 — Zanesville Senior Center Square Dance
01-11-2012 — Marietta VFW Square Dance
01-06-2012 — Zanesville Senior Center Square Dance
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