The BiographyBetty Blue & The Boat Gig Crew was founded in international waters between Copenhagen and Oslo in 2003. Lounging in the leisure quarters of the ferry, and listening to the ‘one-man-trio’, it became all too obvious to the founding members that the standards of the concept ‘boat gig’ had to be revised.
Instead of just talking, the people present decided that the problem at hand called for affirmative action!! The decision soon became irrevocable, and hence, the forming of a band began. The first thing that shocked the founding members was the important fact that to form a successful band one has to device a solid musical concept in order to make it in the social-darwinistic food chain. This recognition led to the following question:
What should the band play and when and where should the band play it ? - The answer to as why the band had to play was still blowing in the furious winds of the one-man-trio’s sound system!
It soon became clear that the common ground of interest was swing music and that it had to be played now and just about everywhere the band was allowed to do so. Finally, it was decided that the music had to be played with a rough edge, with true Harlem style, sweaty, sexy, no make-up!
Given the settings of the revelation of the band, it's obvious why it is named 'The Boat Gig Crew'. And as for Betty Blue … come see for yourself.
The rest is history. Since its somewhat wet birth in open waters this hard-working swing ensemble has played every possible gig, often in the most bizarre settings and under the strangest conditions. (No crowd of swing pilgrims is too small!) The strain of this immense work schedule left the band with only one solution - they finally had to leave their beloved 2nd class cabins and the roaring noise of the ship engines and come ashore.
The onshore life has been generous since preachin’ the swing thing to the growing numbers of committed swing-a-holics and Lindy Hoppers improved, when venues shifted from the occasional harbour joint with its crowd of appaling dockers, low-life scum and scoundrels to big city concert halls and ballrooms. Lucky our devoted early followers still kick ass on these dance floors.
Even though the band has left the seas for good, the salty sea breeze and the silence of the vast emptyness of the oceans still dawns upon the members from time to time ... so if you have a boat we’ll be happy to play on it.
See you around!
Betty B. & The "BGC"
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