Roberto Costa (PiSk) - Producer, Dj
Loredana Grimaudo - Singer, Writer
Alessio Costagliola - Manouche Guitarist
Giulio Castronovo - Manager
Swingrowers (pronounced “Swing-Growers”) are a young, dynamic Italian trio from Palermo in Sicily. They take their name and inspiration from the farming tradition of their local villages where cultivating plants in the arid countryside is a much-prized art, taking time and skill. So the trio aim to take vintage swing and with respect and nurture, breathe new life into an old tradition.
Roberto Costa a.k.a. “Pisk”, Loredana Grimaudo and Alessio Costagliola melt perfectly together past musical experienced which become fertiliser for the “Swing-Growers”. The idea of electro-swing sound came after discovering new sounds, like the French band Caravan Palace’s ones. Here the brave enterprise to launch on a “dry land” like Italy.
The encounter with manager Giulio Castronovo is a turning point towards the unexpected. Just in few months our artists start their tour around the Europe, passing by famous clubs like London’s Hootananny and La Javà in Paris (performing on the same stage as Edith Piaf and Django Reinhardt), and also important events like Electro Swing Club of London and Milan, the Electro Swing Cabaret organized by Bebop Swing of Lyon and Toulouse, Turin’s Swing Circus, Nottingham’s Jitterbug, Palermo’s Sicily Music Village and Hoppa Fest, Brighton’s and London’s stages of White Mink tour.
Their first album produced by Freshly Squeezed Music is out from 9th September 2012. "These guys are complete naturals and a very exciting find for us." said label boss Nick Hollywood. "For me they were a complete stand-out in the world of electro swing, coming out of nowhere with a very polished sound. We are very pleased to have signed them".
The 31st of May, the Swingrowers launched a sold out Parov Stelar's gig at Koko in London, with many UK and European festival appearances over the summer, like The Secret Garden Party.
In November 2012, they had a great and amazing experience: opening Caravan Palace in 3 sold out gigs in UK (21st Nov in London, 22nd Nov in Brighton and 24th of Nov in Norwich).
In April 2013 they began their first overseas tour around U.S. and Canada, in the major capital cities such as San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Montreal (sold out), New York (sold out), Chigaco, Toronto (sold out), Detroit.
Their new single "The Queen of Swing" came out the 15th of July 2013, an amazing and fresh collaboration with a London Gypsy Band: The Gipsy Hill. It was Released by Freshly Squeezed Music.