Every year at Canberräng we aim to provide you with a truly unforgettable four days of social dancing. This year we’re proud to present a talented line-up of international and domestic musicians and DJs!
HETTY KATE (FR)
Hetty Kate is one of hell of a jazz vocalist who sure knows how to sing for swing dancers. She exudes an easy confidence and infectious energy that makes her an in-demand, consummate entertainer with a voice that perfectly captures the style of the era.
Raised in both Australia and England, Hetty has built an impressive career and is currently based in France. She has graced stages both large and small all over the world, appearing at premier jazz festivals and teaming up with Australian jazz great James Morrison, ABC Jazz/Universal Music, the Keystone Big Band (FR), plus pianist Gordon Webster and his band.
We know you’ll fall in love with Hetty’s pure tone, faultless rhythm and swingin’ musicality. She’s long been the darling of lindy hop scenes across Australia, Asia and Europe, and her gorgeous vocals, charming stage presence and witty banter always take dance events to the next level.
Since her last Canberräng appearance in 2015, Hetty has gone from strength to strength in her international career and we are thrilled to have her back on our shores for Canberräng 2019. You can catch her with a live band for some intoxicating blues at the late night parties on Friday 2 August and Saturday 3 August, in collaboration with the BlackSchu Band on the afternoon of Saturday 3 August, and at the winery event on the afternoon of Sunday 4 August alongside Professor Cunningham & His Old School.
THE BLACKSCHU BAND (AU)
John Black and Ben Schumann formed The BlackSchu Band and play classic swingin’ tunes infused with blues and jazz. Every note counts with their infectious grooves, heartfelt vocals and killer solos. They love playing for dancers because every crowd is always so engaged!
Based in Canberra, the BlackSchu Band have entertained audiences at the Thredbo Blues Festival, the Australian Blues Festival, the Jumptown Jam and Canberräng 2018. This year this swingin’ 3 piece outfit will be joined by internationally renowned jazz vocalist Hetty Kate to delight dancers at the afternoon event on Saturday 3 August.
PROFESSOR CUNNINGHAM & HIS OLD SCHOOL (USA)
Professor Cunningham & His Old School are one of the most sought after bands on the international swing dance scene today. It goes without saying that we are beyond excited to be bringing them out from New York City especially for Canberräng 2019!
This 5-piece outfit always brings classic tunes, wailing solos and an authentic, infectious energy to every gig they play. When they’re not delighting audiences in the Big Apple, Professor Cunningham & His Old School can be found thrilling dancers all around the globe at high profile events, including The Snowball (Sweden), the Chase Festival (Germany) and Harlem (Lithuania).
Sydney born and bred, bandleader Adrian Cunningham (aka The Professor) is an internationally acclaimed jazz musician now based in NYC. Whether he’s on saxophone, clarinet or vocals, Adrian definitely knows how to swing it and keep dance floors full.
When they take to the stage at Canberräng 2019 you can expect pure, uncut, old school jazz guaranteed to get your feet tappin’ and your soul swingin’. We dare you to try and sit still once this dynamic band starts up!
You can catch The Professor & His Old School at the Kurrajong Hotel Friday 2 August, at the Albert Hall ball on the evening of Saturday 3 August, and with Hetty Kate at the Lake George Winery on Sunday 4 August. We promise you won’t want to miss a single set!