The North Strand Kontra Band was formed on the North side of Dublin in the Winter of 2005. They are an instrumental band that plays a mix of original and traditional material influenced predominantly by the music of Romania and Bulgaria. The band has played to critical acclaim in many of the leading venues and festivals at home and abroad with their live shows being lauded for their high energy levels and explosive musicianship. The line up includes; Clarinet, Saxophone, Trombone, Keys, Banjo, Double Bass and Drums.
Locoswing take their inspiration from the ‘Hot club of France’, led by the charismatic Django Reinhardt and the sublime Stephane Grapelli. The band has played across the country and overseas to great acclaim. Featuring the classic lineup of two guitars, violin and double bass, Locoswing remains as authentic as possible.
“Locoswing are representing Gypsy Jazz in Ireland” – Robin Nolan, respected Gypsy Jazz Musician and Author based in Holland.