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Swingbridge, The Garden Tour
April 7 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
7.30 pm on Friday 7 April at St Peter’s Hall
Swingbridge, the musical vehicle of Otepoti-Dunedin songwriter Bridget Ellis, will be taking a Garden Tour of the North Island this autumn – an album tour that is – promoting her recently released album, titled The Garden.
St Peter’s Hall in Paekākāriki is the last stop on their eight date tour from Wellington to the Hokianga. Ellis will be joined by friends and family; partner Chris Meech on baritone saxophone as well as local musician Amos Mann on double bass and travelling up from Wellington niece, Emmie Ellis who will also playing support as M.E.L.S.
Swingbridge’s reflective songs journey through intricate folk and spacious jazz to punchy rock and uncharted country, and are delivered with incidental fun. The performances embody a song cycle exploring ‘the garden’ from varied angles, both actual and metaphoric, in relationships with ourselves, others and with nature.
‘Music and song offer a natural way in for feeling into things. Several Swingbridge songs explore environmental themes, in the wake of recent terrible weather events, across the motu more people seem to want to explore climate issues. If I can help this process, I want to,’ Ellis said.
Ellis discovered her affinity with songwriting as a teenager in the vibrant musical world of 1980’s Dunedin. The power of song to interpret and share the human experience became her touch stone, the impetus and hope for earth-centred social change an enduring muse. A self taught guitarist, Ellis has developed her unique musical style, experimenting with guitar tunings, sounding chords by ear and the rhythm of reflex. This and her authentic lyricism has assured many of these songs an enduring place in her life spanning songbook.
The Garden album, available on Bandcamp, was recorded in Roundhead Studio Auckland and Sublime Studios in the Waitaki Valley and released in 2021.
Swingbridge – Bridget Ellis and friends, songs varied and alive. Support by Emmie Ellis (M.E.L.S.)
Contact Bridget Ellis