The Oslo Musikkfest has a wide variety of acts — 400 performances at 52 venues in one day. At 3:30 in the afternoon the Oslo Swingers Club was scheduled to take a stage at the edge of Oslo harbor.

There are many types of swingers. We were curious what we would see.

Emily Brannigan sings both covers and original tunes with the Oslo Swingers Club.
Emily Brannigan sings both covers and original tunes with the Oslo Swingers Club. Photo by Leila Baxter

“We’re gonna do some swinging today,” said Emily Brannigan, one of the group’s leaders. “With our clothes on.”

Then the band launched into their unique brand of music — playing in a style reminiscent of 1930s swing music from Oslo, but with influences from New Orleans.

A few people began to dance, which is a little unusual in Norway. But it was clear the audience liked what the Oslo Swing Club was playing as the group neared the end of the set and the audience chanted in English and Norwegian for an encore.

The band members come from a variety of backgrounds, only one person in Norwegian. Brannigan and Jacob Kronen used to run a vintage store together. The EP is available on their website and Spotify.

Performers from the Oslo Swingers Club watch a couple dance to their music during a performance at The SALT, a bar located by Oslo harbor. The band performed three times during the first day of Musikkfest, a city-wide free music festival. Photo by Jessie Shiflett
Performers from the Oslo Swingers Club watch a couple dance to their music during a performance at The SALT, a bar located by Oslo harbor. The band performed three times during the first day of Musikkfest, a city-wide free music festival. Photo by Jessie Shiflett

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