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The Swing Shoes were formed in Athens in 2006. Initially a street guitar duo, they gradually evolved into a four piece band including bass, drums. More often then not they perform with a fifth member either on harmonica or violin.

At first their music appears to follow the rules of the swing folk idiom. It is rhythmic, it is vibrant; it is feel-good music. Nonetheless, their covers of traditional Greek tunes, jazz standards, and several atypical numbers is so unpredictable that the listener finds himself puzzled, wondering “where does this familiar tune come
 
Adonis (g), George (g), Panos (b), Vangelis (dr), combine their influences to create music with a passion. Their first album “Ladies & Gents, HERE’S THE SWING SHOES” - released in 2010 on Prominence Records - has received rave reviews.

The Swing Shoes appear regularly in many clubs in Athens and play festivals all over Greece. They perform as an instrumental quintet but also present great shows with vibrant female vocalists Sugahspank!. The resulting atmosphere of the collaboration with the singers is explosive.
In 2012 they performed in front of 8000 people in the Athens Concert Hall Gardens.
In 2013 they were appeared for the first time in Germany (Munich's Kultutfestival) and Cyprus and they opened the Second day of one of Athens's major festivals, "The Ark festival'.
In 2014 they returned to the Athens Concert Hall to record their second album, A Holy Show, which includes original material written with Sugahspank!. Their music nowadays has a lot of blues and gospel influences, but remains as driving and energetic as ever.

Sugahspank! – Vocals
Adonis Goulielmos – Guitar
George Koutras – Guitar, Slide Guitar, Clarinet, Backing Vocals
Panos Tomaras – Bass, Backing Vocals
Vaggelis Kasvikis – Drums
Iakovos Krokos – Harmonica

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