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Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing / Press

“As a longtime host of open-mic nights, Halloran’s around musicians both in the heart of their career and at the beginning. From each night’s varied experience, he’s developed upon the sound that’s been in his head since childhood. While some musicians have ridden the varying waves of swing’s popularity, Halloran’s always been true to the genre. His parents played classic jazz and blues around the house, and he’s now well into two decades of public performance of that music. The key is that he’s doing so by employing only the songs that he loves, playing chestnut-heavy sets sprinkled with a number of originals. Halloran likes his sets played straight, without artifice, but with the natty attire that you might expect. Seldom will you see this cat around town without a collared shirt, hat, and blazer. He’s a sharp player, a sharp dresser—and all the way authentic. ”

“Tommy Halloran is probably performing every night of the week. His CD, Moan & Shout, is a few years old, but is a beautiful example of that St Louis vintage feel that defies simple categorization.”

“Halloran's songs have the timeless sway of pre-World War II jazz, with a special nod to the jazz guitar maestro Django Reinhardt and the gypsy swing from the first few Andrew Bird records. The mood is so sweet-and-low, so eternally easygoing that you'd be forgiven for swatting imaginary mosquitoes with an equally imaginary straw hat... This is gin-tippling music, pure and simple.”

“The basic truths of Delta-blues, swing, Gospel, and Bohemia are deeply rooted in Tommy's songwriting psyche. Like Randy Newman or Tom Waits (who seldom appear in the same sentence), his cooking belies his ingredients.”

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