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'Concert For Vito' will be held at Marrickville Bowls on Monday 15th October at 7pm - featuring musicians that Vito either worked with or admired during his career - including 'Continental' Robert Susz, Pat Powell, Antero Ceschin, Clayton Doley, Jenny Marie Lang, Jack & Narelle Evans, Adam Pringle, Lachy Doley and more! $20 entry fee, raffle with CD prizes and ALL proceeds going to Vito's family.
My dear friend & trusted bass-playing accomplice Vito Portolesi died unexpectedly on Sunday 23rd September. A funeral for his family & friends will be held on Tuesday 9th October, followed by a wake - filled with live music - upstairs at the Unity Hall Hotel in Balmain at 7pm.
Stephanie Marchant is saying goodbye to Sydney - and farewelling us at the Native Rose Hotel in Rozelle, on Sunday 16th September from for 4-7. Come & share the love for Steph!
Pat & Illya are in the snow! Tuesday 11th September, in duo mode, and Wednesday 12th with Irie Man - at the Smiggins Hotel.
CD release - Moore Blues For Gary: Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osborne, Black Sabbath, Rainbow) has assembled an amazing cast to pay tribute to his long-term bandmate, Gary Moore - including Steve Morse (Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs), Steve Lukather (Toto), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Sabbath), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow/Deep Purple), John Sykes (Whitesnake/Thin Lizzy), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake/Dio) and Eric Singer (Kiss/Alice Cooper), as well former Gary Moore alumni Neil Carter and Don Airey. Illya supplies rhythm guitar on a number of tracks! It's an incredible honour to be listed with such giants!
International Blues Music Day celebrations are on at Kiama Leagues Club, with a killer line-up that includes Mojo Webb (QLD), SImon Kinny-Lewis Band, PJ O'Brien and Illya Szwec & Troy Blanch + a killer band consisting of Harry Brus (bass), Danny Tsun (keyboards) & Luke Herbert (drums)!
Illya is playing with Bonnie Kay & the Bonafides at the Jamberoo Music Festival on 21st July
Irie Man are braving the winter cold to bring you some cool reggae & rocksteady at Low 302 in Darlinghurst on Wednesday nights - starting on 13th June - from 9-1130pm !
Lloyd G's Sicarios are back at Lizotte's in Newcastle on Sunday 1st July at 1:30pm!
Pat Powell & Illya are on at the Perisher Peak Festival in June!
Continental Blues Party are supporting The Robert Cray Band at the Enmore on Wednesday 16th May!
Lloyd G's Sicarios Band at Django Bar on Friday 16th March & at Towradgi Beach Hotel on Sunday 18th! Playing the best of CCR, Neil Young and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival from 9-11 March. I'm playing with Stephanie Marchant & Mike Rix on Saturday 10th from 11:30am-1:30 pm and then again from 10 til midnight!
Big Mama's House at Lazybones Lounge celebrating International Women's Day on Thursday 8th March! Hosted by Fran Liddle, and featuring a stellar cast including Taya Chani, Amanda Easton, Stephanie Marchant, George Rigatos, Dave Weir, Tasha Wolf & Illya ...
Pat Powell & Illya Szwec play at Taqiza in Bondi Beach on Sunday 4th March from 7!
Illya Szwec's Irie Man play at Beaches Hotel in Thirroul on Saturday 17th February!
Lloyd G's Sicarios Band at Lizottes in Newcastle on Sunday 4th February
Pat Powell Band at the Garry Owen in Rozelle on Australia Day!
Playing some Creedence with Bad Moon Rising at Beaches in Thirroul Sat 13th January and Canterbury Leagues on Saturday 10th February!
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Starfish Club Boogaloo Party at Clovelly Bowls - with 'Continental' Robert Susz, Adam Pringle & Illya Szwec, Jonathan Zwartz & Hamish Stuart on Monday 6th November!
Lloyd G & the Ambassadors playing the music of CCR, Neil Young and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at Django Bar on Friday 10th November
Double bill at the Eastern Lounge in Sydney's North Shore! Glenn Cardier & the Sideshow plus Illya Szwec's Groove Depot - Friday 13th October
Dang Blues Festival at Club Windang on the NSW South Coast, including Roy Payne, Ian Collard, Tomcat Playground, The El Caminoes and Pat Powell & Illya Szwec
Irie Man play a sneaky last minute show at Beaches Hotel in Thirroul to kick off the October Long Weekend
Smiggins Hotel in Smiggins (NSW snow country) - Pat Powell & Illya Szwec - duo and band shows, late September PLUS Smiths Alternative in Canberra ACT
Pat Powell & Illya Szwec will be playing at the historic Mt Kembla Village Hotel - on Friday 19th May and Friday 9th June
Live on 'Stormy Monday' on 102.5 Fine Music FM ! Tune in between 8-10pm (AEST) to hear Pat Powell, Vito Portolesi & Illya Szwec play some of their favourite Muddy Waters songs love! Monday 24th April.
Irie Man will be hibernating over the colder months!
BUT you can see a couple of shows at B.E.D in Glebe as part of the Vivid Festival!
More details coming soon ...
Have car - will travel! Illya will be playing all over Sydney - in the CBD, Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, Northern Beaches & South Sydney, as well as all over the South Coast and the ACT. Have a look at Gigs to see when he's in your neck of the woods, and say hello!
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Tune in to ABC 702 to hear the Dynamic Hepnotics play on Thank God It's Friday! Live to air on Friday 2nd and Saturday 31st December.
Summer's here, so it's time for some reggae & rocksteady! Illya Szwec's Irie Man have some shows all over Sydney, playing reggae & rocksteady from the 60s and 70s.
Looking forward to a busy weekend of gigs with Gail Page & her stellar band! The Manly Fig, Sydney Blues & Roots Festival and the Coast Hotel at Budgewoi!
Longview! I'm playing with the CONTINENTAL BLUES PARTY! Who's coming?
)()( Thredbo Jazz Festival in May - I'll be joining Don Hopkins for some shows )()(
}}} ROOTS n GROOVES is a regular Thursday night gig at The Ruby L'otel in Rozelle - featuring Pat Powell on vocals. If Pat's away on tour, we draw from a large well to fill in for him - including Phil B Colson, Bruce Bongers & Robert Susz }}}
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* ** New dates added for September - including shows at Art Gallery of NSW, Golden Sheaf in Double Bay & regulars at The Merton in Rozelle and Beaches Thirroul * **
^^ ^^ ^^ I'm looking forward to heading up to the Noosa Jazz Festival from 4-6th September to play sets with Clayton Doley and Darren Percival! ^^ ^^ ^^
!!! 'Blues Guitar & Voice - 5 of the Best' at The Basement featuring Paul O'Brien, Matt Ross, George Rigatos, Simon Kinny-Lewis and Illya Szwec Tickets here !!!
&&& Illya Szwec's Groove Depot have just been announced to perform at this year's Thredbo Jazz Festival in May! Illya is bringing a howler band with him - Pat Powell on vocals, Lachy Doley (Hammond organ), Jan Bangma (bass) & Terepai Richmond (drums) More info here
>>>> Illya is playing a few shows at the Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival on 7th & 8th March! Firstly, a trio show with Pat Powell & Mike Caen, and then 2 shows with Clayton Doley's Bayou Billabong. Full program here <<<<
)()( Illya Szwec's Groove Depot are making their debut at the Great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma this October long weekend! )()(
++++ Next stop: Bellingen Jazz & Blues Festival! Come and join us on 16th & 17th August. Full program here ++++
%% Illya Szwec's Groove Depot have just been announced as part of this year's Thredbo Jazz Festival in May, along with Mahalia Barnes, Ms Murphy, Jeff Duff & more! For more info check here %%
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** The first few months of 2014 are BUSY for me - playing gigs with regulars MICK ON WHEELS, STEPHANIE MARCHANT, and ILLYA SZWEC'S GROOVE DEPOT. We're playing some new venues - like LazyBones Lounge and the Townie in Sydney and the Governer's Inn on the south coast. See full schedule at Gigs**
~~~ 'Elephant In The Room' is a project that I have been working on with Rob Grosser (Jon Lord & the Hoochie Coochie Men, Pete Wells, Dr Don's Double Dose) and the debut CD (on Bombora Records) has just been released this February! More info at http://robgrosser.com/elephant-in-the-room
^^^^ I have been in the studio during January, recording guitar parts for a CD called 'Hot Shots Part 2', featuring Tim Gaze, Grant Walmsley, Rob Grosser & Chris Turner, to be released later in 2014 ^^^^
Well, we sure are getting some airplay! 'Introducing Illya Szwec' is gettin' heard!
ABC Radio National, local ABC stations all over the country, community radio in NSW, VIC, QLD, TAS, SA & WA. And in Canada, the USA and UK!
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