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Duchess Swift


Sat 23 Jul 2011, 9:30pm–12:00am

Where: Dux de Lux, 14-16 Church St, Queenstown

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: duchessswift

Fronted by "fluid, unique vocals" and backed by a tight, swanky collection of musicians, Christchurch band Duchess Swift has been described as "a fusion of various genres”

"Duchess Swift- a refreshing, talented, young band crafting good, commercial pop/rock with a jazz leaning. Technically the band excels creatively and in ability. Kerry's vocal rides smoothly over and through the interesting arrangements and well conceived lyrics" Arnie van Bussel - Manager/Producer - Nightshift Studios

Having spent the first few months together in 2010 playing a mix of originals and covers at local jazz/blues bar Fat Eddies in Christchurch, they are currently defining their original sound as jazz/pop/fusion, the band are aware of the evolving nature of creating music with musicians of varied backgrounds and tastes. Lead vocalist Kerry Coulshed describes the process as “a creative experiment, a project of evolving design, an unlikely collection of people making music”

Since recently producing their debut EP and becoming semi finalists in the 2010 RDU/Dux de Lux roundup competition (Christchurch, NZ) the band have been seeking spaces to play despite the recent earthquakes which have seen many of the city’s gig venues destroyed beyond repair.

Duchess Swift are: Kerry Coulshed (lead vocal), Alison Kingdon (keyboard), Craig Edwards (drums), Billy Mills (guitar, backing vocals), James Allen (bass, backing vocal). With an eclectic mix of music influences, the five piece bring a variety of knowledge from music genres including: jazz, blues, funk, reggae, soul, pop, alternative and classical. This ultimately lends itself to what could be described as a “creative vortex” evolving and sometimes unpredictable.