They’re wild. They’re wonderful. They play some of the grooviest music you’re ever likely to hear. They’re The Feral Swing Katz!
Musicians and friends Stuart French and Michel Rose built more than just the core of a unique band when they combined their talents in 1996. Stuart’s hot guitar blended perfectly with Michel’s harmony licks on pedal steel in a partnership meant to be – forming the signature sound of The Feral Swing Katz. Their music is a blend of 40’s Swing, Classic Country with a touch of Jazz otherwise known as “Western Swing”.
The Feral Swing Katz have made more than an impact on the Australian music market, earning a coveted MO award in 2001 for Best Country Band; in 2002 they added a Golden Guitar to their trophy shelf; then in 2006 the Ferals won the ACE award for Country Group of the Year.
They have three albums released over the last 10 years. All five musicians in the band are the best in their field and when not performing live, they make their living as Studio Musicians.
Acclaimed Nashville songwriter to the stars, Jim Lauderdale, caught one of their performances in Nashville in 2002 and said: “it’s refreshing to hear country played in the manner it was intended.”
While America would easily have welcomed this band with open arms, they returned triumphantly to Australia, earning rich praise from all and sundry. 2RRR Sydney DJ Ken Date, a firm Ferals devotee, said: “from the Murrumbidgee to the Mississippi, no cat swings like the Ferals!”
Add the velvet vocals of New Zealand-born Camille Te Nahu to the Feral Swing Katz lineup, and you are in for one seriously enjoyable concert. Sit back and just wait for your feet to start tapping. They will take on a life of their own. Happens all the time. It’s a Feral thing.
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