Windjammers Ball

Festivities & Activities

Friday Party - Windjammers Ball - A Voyage Around The World
Foreign ports, wide open seas, salty sea dogs and seasoned sailors, exotic creatures, bananas and boomerangs, cocoa beans and coco nuts, salt and sea weed, captains and cabin boys, mermaids, Marmite and Mariehamn!

Sailors on Parade - City parade starts in Badhusparken 18.00
Windjammers Ball Opening Ceremony with live music and social dancing on the deck of the windjammer Pommern, ca 20 - 21.30
Friday Party with live music & swing djs in Badhuspaviljongen, 21.30 - 02
On stage: Gentlemen & Gangsters

Saturday Party - The Harbour Jam
The ship has been around the world and it's shore leave time - dress up and snag yourself a sailor or lindy with a local!

Swing Talks - An open jam session and a discussion about playing swing music, at Pub Bastun, 17 - 18:30
Saturday Party with live music & swing djs at Badhuspaviljongen, 20 - 02
On stage: Rhythm Junkies

Sunday Party - Seaside Sunday
Bright and breezy - free and easy!

Tea Dance and Goodbye Party with live music and swing djs at Badhuspaviljongen, 16:30 - 00.00
On stage: Red Beans & Rice Jazz Band, Handsome Fred & His Orchestra

On stage
Shane McCarthy (AUS)
Gentlemen & Gangsters (SWE)
Rhythm Junkies (LTU)
Red Beans & Rice Jazz Band (AX)
Handsome Fred & His Orchestra (SWE)

Swing djs
DJ John Deeb (LTU)
Kate Kearney (AUS)
KuriÅsa, (SWE)
Sakarias Larsson (SWE)
Vytautas Narkevičius (LTU)
Susanna Németh (SWE / HUN)

Shane McCarthy

Shane McCarthy - the MC of Windjammers Ball 2011, from Perth, Australia, is a fantastic swing dancer and entertainer! Hold onto your hats!

Shane McCarthy MC at Windjammers Ball 2011
Photo: Luka Dolenc /

Gentlemen & Gangsters

Gentlemen & Gangsters play hot jazz with all the flair and sophistication of true gentlemen, coupled with the ruthless brutality of hardened gangsters. Like a devious conspiracy from a bygone era, this shady syndicate of jazz kingpins plot for world domination from their secret location in a run down part of Gothenburg. Armed with drumsticks instead of knuckle dusters and trombones instead of tommy guns these deranged masterminds spread mayhem, joy, and decadence wherever they go. You might have heard about them, you might even recognize some of the members from their more legitimate enterprises, and maybe you thought it was all just a rumor; after all - could such a band really exist? How could society allow it? How could they possibly have escaped the vice squad? Or even disease control, given the infectious jazz music that they are spreading? Well folks, all you need is a speedy getaway vehicle and a secret lair and the contraband jazz business is as easy as pie!

Gentlemen and Gangsters live at Windjammers Ball 2011

Check out Gentlemen & Gangters playing "Bei mir bist du schön", Gothenburg, 2010

Visit Gentlemen & Gangsters on Facebook

Rhythm Junkies

Rhythm Junkies from Vilnius, Lithuania consists of eleven people of all kinds, who have firstly fallen in love with the Lindy Hop dance and only then gathered together to make a change in the music people dance to: they decided that it should not only be the speakers that the music comes out of, it should also be guitars, accordions, clarinets, violins, horns and other authentic instruments which make the hearts shiver and the feet stir.

Rhythm Junkies live at Windjammers Ball 2011

They call themselves the Street Swing Ensemble and are at their best in the fresh air but when the weather chills they do not fall asleep, rather they gather in bars, cafes and other shelters where, obtaining at least a small corner for the instruments, they make it loud and groovy! The souls and the hearts of all the Junkies are far in the roaring crying shouting and trampling 20 's 30's and 40's and, until the time machine is invented, they travel there with the help of music, rhythm and dance.

Check out Rhythm Junkies performing outdoor in Ljubjana, March 2011

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Red Beans & Rice Jazz Band

Music you can’t resist is a good description of “The Red Beans”.
- Our mission is to make people happy, says Ove Andersson who plays the banjo. While their repertoire is based mainly on classic traditional jazz from New Orleans (1920-1940), the band doesn't hesitate to reinterpret folksongs, evergreens and popular music with a jazzy groove. The band has the traditional line up: drums, tuba, banjo, trumpet, trombone, clarinet and lead singer, all in all seven musicians on stage.

Red Beans & Rice Jazz Band was founded in 1987 and will celebrate its 25th anniversary 2012. Over the years members have come and gone but original member Joakim Sjöroos (trombone) is still playing today. As well as many appearances on the Åland Islands, the band has performed at festivals in Finland and Sweden. This summer “The Red Beans” will be playing at the Baltic Jazz Festival held in Dalsbruk, Finland on 8-10th of July.

Even though the Åland Islands have a trad jazz digging population “The Red Beans” is the only active traditional jazz band on the Islands. - Though hopefully that's going to change now, following the interest in Lindy Hop sweeping over the Islands, all thanks to dancers and teachers Sofia Enros and Daniel Johansson, says the lead singer Maria Stenberg. Maria is not the only female member of “The Red Beans”: the band also proudly presents Inger Marie Sundblom on the trumpet.

Red Beans and Rice Jazz Band live at Windjammers Ball 2011

Handsome Fred & his Orchestra

Dancers with Instruments! Handsome Fred and His Orchestra concists of swing dancers, who one day decided that they wanted to do more than “just” dance to the music. This is their story:

After having danced to swing music for years, we decided that we wanted to learn how to play it. Some of us had never played a musical instrument before and those who actually knew how to play an instrument – well, they had to learn how to play another. That way, when we started, we were all on the same level technically, and could move forward as a band, together.

It took quite a while, but after lots and lots of practice, and searching for songs and material with the right edge to them, we eventually found a sound that suited us. We play swing music with a feeling that lends a rough edge to it. We play jazz, yes, but with a punk rock approach to it; we don’t mind getting our fingers dirty. Less polished and about as far away from music conservatories as one can get. Street Jazz would be one way of putting it.

When the songs that we play were frequently aired on the radio – the ”hits” of that time – they were often concidered provocative and immoral. Just like Rock’n’Roll, Punk Rock, Hard Rock, and Hip Hop that was to follow. The music was hated by some – and the meaning of life to others, as it is to us. Everything we do has the spice of the more or less legal ballrooms of New York in the thirties and forties – mixed with a dose of street jazz.

Several of the band members dance in the swing dance companies Harlem Hot Shots and Midnight RoundersSome of us teach swing dancing and have won and judged numerous dance competitions around the world.  By playing the music that we love to dance to we get to explore it on many different levels and so develop a deeper understanding of it. But above all, it's downright blast.

Handsome Fred & his Orchestra live at Windjammers Ball 2011
Photo: Mimmi Gunnarsson / Emil Håkansson

Check out Handsome Fred & His Orchestra live at Harlem 11, May 2011