A Night of Musical Imagination
Glaswegian drummer Corrie Dick brought his unique musical vision to life during the Jazz Hastings tour date for his Sun Swells ensemble. The band, fronted by the captivating vocals of Swede Rebecka Edlund, delivered a performance full of heart and emotion. With Rob Luft on guitar, Laura Jurd on trumpet, Elliot Galvin on piano, and Calum Gourlay on double bass, the group provided a constant stream of uplifting sonic moments that enchanted the audience.
Each member of the youthful sextet demonstrated a deep understanding of their role in the music, perhaps a result of their experiences playing together in different contexts at renowned institutions like Trinity Laban and the Royal Academy of Music. This synergy allowed their performance to be a seamless and harmonious experience for the audience.
A Unique Venue
The East Hastings Sea Angling Association at the Stade, located in Hastings, is among the UK’s most memorable jazz venues. Its elevated position on the shingle by the English Channel, complete with a balcony open to the southern sky, provided a perfect backdrop for Sun Swells’ music. The band’s lyrics often reference the sea, wide vistas, and natural beauty, making the venue an ideal match for their performance.
A Fusion of Influences
Sun Swells’ music draws inspiration from various cultures and styles, including Celtic, Nordic, and African influences. Tunes such as “Sinking,” “Golden Flower,” and “She Speaks” were presented as parts of a whole, interconnected experience. Corrie Dick occasionally addressed the audience, though his unamplified voice was difficult to hear. However, the band’s soundscapes, grooves, and sweeping chord changes, along with Edlund’s delicate vocals, effectively conveyed their message.
A Highly Accomplished Ensemble
Sun Swells is a talented group that skillfully integrates a diverse array of influences through individual instruments and collective interplay. Their deeply felt, authentic compositions reflect a strong sense of camaraderie and collaboration among the musicians.
- Corrie Dick: drums, bandleader, compositions
- Rebecka Edlund: vocals
- Elliot Galvin: piano
- Calum Gourlay: bass
- Laura Jurd: trumpet
- Rob Luft: guitar
Upcoming Tour Dates
Don’t miss your chance to experience Sun Swells live. Check out their full list of tour dates.
- 23/10/23: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
- 24/10/23: Glasgow (location to be confirmed)
- 2/11/23: Worcester
- 16/1/24: Southampton Jazz Club
- 1/3/24: Crookes Social Club, Sheffield