Moonlighting (previously known as Honeymoon Swing) play music that was made for dancing! Specifically, the American jazz dance styles from the 1920s to the 1950s.
It started with the Charleston (in Charleston). Then there was the Lindy Hop in New York, the Balboa in LA and the Collegiate Shag in the colleges of the east coast. These were the dance crazes that helped America through the great depression, the second world war and the affluent but troubled 1950s.
Here in the UK there’s a new enthusiasm for these vintage moods and styles which have been embraced by the empty nesters, baby boomers and hipsters. The band play for an ever-growing crowd of flappers, hoppers, hep cats, shaggers and jivers!
The repertoire is based around classic swing tunes of the 30s and 40s, from the likes of Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and Al Bowley, with a bit of western swing, boogie-woogie and the occasional Latin number thrown in. A few more contemporary tunes have been adapted for the style, which can raise a smile.