Joshua Fialkoff (US)
Joshua Fialkoff lends his smoky voice and unique piano stylings – a veritable gumbo of “roots piano” flavors – to dance exchanges and series around the world, and has been doing so for over ten years. Joshua first began playing for dancers as a bass player for Solomon Douglas. Later, as a pianist, he started his own group and began sharing his distinct brand of Blues and Swing. Joshua is known for his unique arrangements that are at once new and old, and an authenticity and rawness that shines through in his presence and performance.
Blues and Swing events throughout the US, Canada, and Europe regularly feature Joshua or one of his ensembles. Some recent performances include Spoonful (Edinburgh, UK), DCLX’tra (Washington DC), Dance Flurry (Saratoga Springs, NY), BluesSHOUT (Chicago, IL), Sweet Molasses Blues (Boston, MA), Eastside Stomp (Seattle, WA), Montreal Bagel and Blues (Montreal, QC), Capital Ballroom (Seattle, WA), Mean Old Blues (San Francisco, CA), and many others. He has shared the stage with a number of esteemed musicians including Gordon Webster, Barbara Morrison, and Meschiya Lake. Joshua is the rare performer who cares deeply about his audience, who is constantly seeking to connect and engage the people he plays for, and who yearns to instill in everyone within earshot an irresistible urge to move.
Miss Mikey May and The Organ Grinders (Prague)
In 2016 Mikey founded the Hammond-organ based swing and Blues project, The Organ Grinders. Armed with some of Prague’s top Blues and Jazz musicians, expect some serious dancing with tributes to good ol’ fashioned tunes, a few new ones, and an all around groove-it-or-lose-it good time!
Stefano Ronchi (it)
Passionate about slide guitar, he looks at the tradition with his personal, modern and respectful attitude. He is constantly touring around the World, playing in blues clubs, Festival, and blues dance events as solo artist or collaborating with other great musicians, as Tony Coleman, Dan Nash, Marcos Coll, Micha Maass, The Ragtime Millionaires, Jessie Gordon, and many more: Berlin Blues Explosion, Blue Note (Milan), Buddy Guy’s Legend (Chicago), Q- Factory (Amsterdam), Banana Peel (Belgium), Tiny blues weekend (Dresden), Blues up the backyard (Berlin), Big mama swing (Madrid), Blues baby blues (London), Ballo Blues (Pistoia), Blossom blues (Zurich), Summer Blues Camp (Lucerne), Petit ESBF (Madrid), Blues River Notes (Milan), Bread Jar Blues (Tel Aviv), Atlantic Blues (Porto), Vienna Sugar Blues (Austria) and many others blues events in Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Belgium, Latvia, Switzerland, France, Portugal.
He is currently touring in Europe with Tony Coleman, who has been drummer for many blues legends as Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, Ruth Brown, and for the king of the Blues himself: B.B. King, for almost 30 years.
In 2012 he recorded guitars on the record “Come il suono dei passi sulla neve” by Zibba & Almalibre. The album won the famous Italian award Premio Tenco, as Album of the Year
He is also finishing the production of his new upcoming record, “In close embrace”, out at the end of November, and working as mixing and mastering engineer for other Blues artists in his own studio in Berlin, the “Groovin’ Tomato”.
Dan Nash (UK)
Hailing from London, uk, Dan Nash is one of the finest purveyors of traditional blues music on the circuit. His authentic interpretations of the blues standard songbook have continued to astound audiences from the deep south of Mississippi, New York city, the Carolinas across the Atlantic to his native uk and throughout mainland europe and asia. With a versatile guitar style which can cover the whole blues genre from ragtime and traditional fingerpick to delta slide and Chicago blues, dan accompanies his music with a voice imbued with passion and soul. Dan performs often with a duo and with his own band. However, his solo act is one which has endeared audiences in clubs bars and the global blues dance community in the uk and europe since 2006. With the core of his performance driven by his vocals and echoed by his guitar, dan’s performance is an intimate and intense experience between the artist and his audience.