About the Guys

With a long-standing Saturday matinee (25 years!) in Halifax, NS, this band also plays campus bars, corporate parties... even outdoor all-ages concerts! These guys get the crowd rockin' with event themes such as "Beach Party", "At The Hop", "A Swinging Affair", "Oktoberfest" and "Hairy Karaoke" (sing your favourite tune with a "live" band to back you up and make you sound your best).


Full Length Studio Songs:
I'll Be There
It's Too Late To Turn Back Now

"Live" Sound Bites:
Do Wah Diddy
Limbo Rock
You Can Call Me Al

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Alex Vaughan -Guitar and Vocals

Hailing from Windsor, Nova Scotia, Alex began playing guitar and piano when he was 8 years old and started writing songs shortly thereafter. At 17, he was runner-up in the NS Government's "Listen To The Sounds" contest. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Alex enjoys playing many styles of music and besides The Swell Guys, he performs in the dixieland combo,The Dixie Rovers, the popular dance band, The Aviators, and the children's duo, Audrey & Alex. He was musical director for a number of segments of the CBC TV program "Who's New" and won the 1st annual CBC Atlantic Song Contest in 1984. In 1997,Alex won his 2nd East Coast Music Award for his work with Audrey & Alex. Alex's leadership, musical depth and odd collection of sneakers enable The Swell Guys to handle any request! 

Ken MacKay -Woodwinds and Vocals

'Diverse' is the word best used to describe Ken's musical background. A native of Truro, NS, the list of his professional credits is impressive. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Al Martino, sax legend Ernie Watts, Max Weinberg (Late Night with Conan O'Brien), The Temptations and jazz/blues guitarist Robben Ford are just a few of the artists Ken has performed with. Ken's ability to play a variety of musical styles combined with his rollicking personality has established him as one of the most exciting sax players in Eastern Canada. He is also in charge of the Swell Guys' "Hat and Nose Department" and has been known to wear a disguise or two! 

Pat Riley -Bass and Vocals

Originally from Saint John, NB, Pat's music relocated him to PEI to perform with Gene MacLellan and later to Toronto where he formed RCA's "Scrubbaloe Caine" with Paul Dean (Loverboy) and Henry Small (Burton Cummings). After a move to Vancouver, Pat arrived in Halifax, studied through correspondence with BerkIee College of Music and co-founded "Ram" (with Terry Hatty) co-writing much of the group's Casby nominated album. An accomplished songwriter, he wrote two of Sam Moon's single releases and received a Factor grant to record three of his compositions. Pat, a father of five, has also found time to produce recordings by McGinty, several gospel artists and three of Q104's "Homegrown" albums. Besides his musical duties in The Swell Guys, Pat is in charge of displaying the ever-expanding collection of dumb signs!

Scott Ferguson -Drums and Vocals

Ontario born and Cape Breton raised ('Homeville' to be exact), Scott is a graduate of the St. Francis Xavier jazz program where he completed an honours degree in music performance. After moving to Halifax in 1984, Scott performed with such jazz artists as Peter Appleyard, Oliver Jones and Warren Chaisson and later broadened his horizons to work with such diverse talents as Ronnie Prophet, Catherine McKinnon, Symphony Nova Scotia, Joan Kennedy and The Rankin Family. In 1985, he received a Canada Council grant to study his craft in Toronto with well-known drum instructor, , Jim Blackney. Lately Scott has been wearing his producer's hat with projects including John Chaisson's ECMA nominated CD and Kendra MacNeil's latest realease. He also holds the Swell Guy record for "Most Consecutive Meals"! 



Popular for Oktoberfest celebrations, The Swell Guys Oompah Band is a 5 piece act playing your favorite Polkas, Sing-a-longs, and classic Rock 'n' Roll



Flip Flop'n'FIy  /  Kansas City  /  Route 66  /  Steamroller Blues  /  Hootchie Kootchie Man  /  Stormy Monday  /  Almost /  Oh Darling  /  Sweet Home Chicago  /  That's Life  /  Youngblood  /  Roadhouse Blues  /  Georgia  /  Don't Think Twice  /  Summertime Blues ...and many more!

Classic Songs

Blueberry Hill  /  Day-O /  Those Were The Days  /  Wasn't That A Party  /  What A Wonderful World  /  All Of Me  /  Cottonfields  /  Farewell To Nova Scotia  /  House of the Rising Sun  /  Yesterday  /  American Pie  /  Just A Gigolo  /  Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard  /  Mack The Knife  /  Hot Hot Hot ...and many more!


Let's All Go Down To Dumus Walker  /  King Of The Road  /  Guitars, Cadillacs...  /  Friends In Low Places  /  Jambalaya  /  Act Naturally  /  Boot Skootin' Boogie  /  Bad Moon Risin'  /  Good Hearted Woman  /  On the Road Again  /  Please Don't Bury Me  /  Six Days On the Road  /  You're Still The One  /  That's My Story  /  Achy Breaky Heart… and many more!

Club / Dance

All Along The Watchtower  /  Back In The USSR  /  Back To You  / Bad Case Of Lovin' You (Doctor Doctor) /  Before You Accuse Me  /  Born To Be Wild  /  Breakin' Up The House  /  Brown Sugar  / Cherry Bomb  /  China Grove /  Dancing In The Dark  /  Disco Inferno /  Don't Stop  /  Every Breath You Take  /  Gimme Some Lovin'  /  Heartache Tonight  /  Hotel California  /  Hurt So Good  /  I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For  /  I Shot The Sheriff  /  I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing  /  I'll Be There  /  Jailhouse Rock  /  Jet Airliner /  Jumpin' Jack Flash  /  Just An Ordinary Day  /  Kiss /  Love The One You're With  /  Magic Carpet Ride  /  Mambo # 5 /  Move It On Over  /  My Girl /  Old Black Rum  /  Paint It Black  /  Pink Houses /  Play That Funky Music  /  Purple Haze  / R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.  /  Red Red Wine  /  Revolution /  Rocky Mountain Way  /  Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting  /  Shotgun /  Smooth  /  Soul Man  / Summertime Blues  /  Takin' Care Of Business  /  The Night Pat Murphy Died  /  Till I'm Myself Again  /  Travelin' Band /  Walk This Way  /  Walkin' On The Sun  /  The Way /  A Whiter Shade Of Pale  /  Wild Night  / Y.M.C.A.  /  You Really Got Me  /  You Can't Always Get What You Want  …and many more!


Black Velvet Band  /  Just An Ordinary Day  /  Farewell To Nova Scotia  /  Song Of The Mira  /  When Irish Eyes Are Smiling  /  Sonny's Dream  /  Nancy Whiskey  /  The Moonshiner  /  Lots Of Fish In Bonavist Harbour  /  Wasn't That A Party  /  Kelly's Mountain  /  The Wild Rover  /  You Feel The Same Way Too  /  Whiskey On A Sunday  /  That Old Black Rum ...and many more!


Wedding Songs (1st Waltz)

All The Way /  Can You Feel The Love Tonight /  Color My World  /  Crazy Love  /  Change The World  /  I Can't Help Falling In Love With You /  Groovy Kind Of Love  /  Have I Told You Lately That I Love You /  I Swear  /  Just The Way You Are  /  It Had To Be You  /  If  /  L.O.V.E.  /  My Girl  /  More /  Our Love Is Here To Stay /  Only You   /  Night And Day  /  Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You /  Sea of Love  /  True Love  /  When I Fall In Love  /  Wonderful Tonight  /  You Are The Sunshine Of My Life /  You've Got A Friend  /  You Are So Beautiful  /  You Send Me  /  All I Have To Do Is Dream  /  Could I Have This Dance /  How Sweet It Is  /  Since I Met You Baby  /  Till There Was You  /  True Love Ways  /  Unforgettable  /  That's Amoré  /  Everything I Do (I Do It For You)  /  Only You  /  I Just Called To Say I Love You  /  My Heart Will Go On  /  Unchained Melody  /  You're Still The One  /  All My Tomorrows  /  I Only Have Eyes For You  /  As Time Goes By  /  It Had To Be You  …and many more!

Novelty Songs

Woke Up A Little Woozy (Wake Up Little Suzie) /  Gilligan's Island  /  I Shop At BiWay (My Way)  /  I'm Your Mailman  /  10-Inch Record  /  There Was An Old Farmer  /  Pukin' Out My Backdoor (Lookin' Out My Backdoor)  /  The Beverly Hillbillies  /  Mastabeta (Macarena)  /  I Couldn't Spell !#?&#!  /  Why Don't We Get Drunk...  /  Please Don't Bury Me  /  Rawhide  /  50 Ways To Cleave Your Lover  /  Workin' At The Walmart Blues  /  Hawaii 5-0  /  If I Had A 12-Inch Penis (If I Had A Million Dollars)  /  The Love Boat  /  Wings (Things)  /  Horrible Tonight (Wonderful Tonight) /  Five Drunken Nights  /  Sonny's Wet Dream   /  Tiny Bubbles  /  Dolly Parton's !?#$!  /  Living On Weed And Vodka (Living La Vida Loca) /  Let's Talk Dirty In Hawaiian /  I've Seen Pubic Hair  /  I'm A Man  /  Hard-On Tonight (Heartache Tonight) /  Bestiality's Great (Tie My Kangaroo Down)  /  You've Lost My Lovely Penis (You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling)  /  Abracadabra (The Viagra Song)  /  At Last At Peddler's... (Barrett's Privateers)  /  The Colo-Rectal Surgeon's Song  /  King Of The Road  /  Sudbury Saturday Night  /  Day-O /  Wasn't That A Party  /  Iko Iko  /  La Cucaracha  /  Man Smart, Woman Smarter  /  Blame It On The Bossa Nova  /  Cheeseburger in Paradise  /  Minnie The Moocher  /  Bud The Spud

Rock n' Roll

You Really Got Me  /  Devil With The Blue Dress On  /  Sea Cruise  /  Roll Over Beethoven  /  Rock'n'Roll Music  /  Tutti Frutti  /  Rock Around The Clock  /  Shake, Rattle and Roll  /  Do You Wanna Dance  /  Revolution  /  I Saw Her Standing There  /  Lay Down Sally  /  La Bamba  /  Runaround Sue  /  Rockin' Robin ...and many more!  

Rhythm n' Blues

In The Midnight Hour  /  My Girl  /  Hold On, I'm Comin'  /  Knock On Wood  /  Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay  /  Mustang Sally  /  How Sweet It Is  /  Ready Teddy  /  Unchain My Heart  /  Moondance  /  Rockin' At Midnight  /  Drift Away  /  Yakety Yak  /  Stir It Up  /  Everybody Needs Somebody To Love…and many more!