Written by Lauren Rosier
Today, Hawaiian jazz/surf rock group, Slowey and the Boats share their new holiday single, “Christmas Island,” out now via Hi-Tide Recordings. The single is an updated, yet timeless version of the original song written in 1946 by Lyle Moraine.
This single is taken from the band’s upcoming Christmas album, Merry Christmas from Slowey and the Beats, due out November 13 via Hi-Tide Recordings.
“‘Christmas Island’ was on our ‘must-learn’ song list for years,” says bandleader and steel guitarist, Isaac Stanford. “When we teamed up with Steve Stanislaw to sing a few songs on our Christmas album, the time was right to add it to our holiday repertoire.”
Slowey and the Boats are an integral part of Philadelphia’s Hawaiian jazz scene. A five-piece band, they blend elements of traditional folk with western swing, ballads, tangos, and Hawaiian party classics, unlike any other band you’ve heard before.
In 2012, the band came together when Stanford recruited some other fellow Philadelphia musicians, including David Streim and Freddie Berman, to lend a hand to his songs.
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