Band takes ‘cowboy lounge’ on the road

Swing band Skin & Bone will perform in Wānaka next month as part of their South Island tour. ...
Swing band Skin & Bone will perform in Wānaka next month as part of their South Island tour.  PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Five-piece swing band Skin & Bone will swing into Wānaka next month as part of their rapid tour of Te Wai Pounamu. 

The Dunedin-based band are promoting the release of their 15 track album Last Bus to Brockville; a quirky collection of John Dodd and Mike Moroney originals with a few western swing covers to keep them grounded.

Occupying a musical niche they call "cowboy lounge" music, Skin & Bone members are not new to the road and most of them have toured together in other line-ups, both here and overseas. 

Clarinettist Emily Sterk (of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra) finds herself in this band with her former Logan Park school teacher, such is the age range diversity of the unit.

Fiddle player Anna Bowen said, "All of us have been connected to each other in some way or other over the years; Mike and John have been playing together for three decades."

Since the band’s formation in 2021, they have been darlings of the swing dance scene in Dunedin, attracting keen Lindy Hoppers to their gigs. 

All five are vocalists. Tight harmonies and complex arrangements are a big feature of their sound.

Skin & Bone are: Steve Hudson, drums; Mike Moroney, guitar; John Dodd, bass; Anna Bowen, fiddle and mandolin; and Emily Sterk, clarinet.

Skin & Bone will play Rhyme and Reason, Wānaka, on Saturday, July 13.

 

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