Get­ting in the swing of clas­sic era

Western Suburbs Weekly - - MUSIC - Tanya MacNaughton

A LOT of Alissa de Souza’s time dur­ing her teenage years was spent watch­ing 1930s and ’40s Hol­ly­wood mu­si­cals with her gran, wish­ing she could live in one of the clas­sic films, wear­ing vin­tage clothes while danc­ing and singing all day.

De Souza, now a high school drama teacher, has lived a vari­a­tion of this dream for the last four years as a mem­ber of Cot­ton­tail Trio with Jessie Gor­don and Amy Rosato, per­form­ing swing-era style mu­sic “fea­tur­ing a killer jazz band and three-part har­mony vo­cals”.

“I love the en­ergy of the mu­sic, the swing­ing beat, the syn­co­pa­tion and the grin it brings to my face when I hear it,” she said.

“I en­joy mak­ing peo­ple laugh and singing swing with the Cot­ton­tail Trio al­lows me to do this.”

De Souza met Gor­don, who al­ready per­formed in soul bands Stratos­funk and The Dar­ling Buds of May with Rosato, through the swing danc­ing so­cial scene.

Gor­don and Rosato asked De Souza to be their third mem­ber for a one-off An­drew Sis­ters act and the trio loved the ex­pe­ri­ence so much, they have stayed to­gether since.

The tal­ented singers will per­form at FRINGE WORLD Fes­ti­val 2016 in Cot­ton­tail Trio: The Golden Era of Swing and The Dar­ling Buds of May: The Swing Re­vue this Fe­bru­ary.

“There will be some clas­sic num­bers and a few new songs,” de Souza said.

“Com­plete with cheesy faces, jazz danc­ing and many match­ing out­fits.”

De Souza said she had loved watch­ing FRINGE WORLD’s evo­lu­tion and looked for­ward to see­ing so many ‘Perthi­ans’ out and about dur­ing Fes­ti­val time.

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