STL Sessions: 15 Questions With Tommy Halloran of Guerrilla Swing

By Rachel Brandt
In Culture

While most young men were singing along to Guns N’ Roses, Tommy Halloran was busy being inspired by Billie Holiday and Louie Armstrong. Halloran started writing songs at age 12 and started playing music about a month before he turned 16. Since then he has forged a musical path for himself, becoming one of the hardest working musicians in the area playing hundreds of shows a year in and around St. Louis.

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Photo courtesy of Tommy Halloran

We’re so excited to have Halloran and his Guerrilla Swing band on the stage at this month’s summer kick-off party, Hot List at Cortona at Forest Park. The quartet made up of Mark Wallace on bass, Kaleb Kirby on drums and Kristian Baarsvik on sax play America’s oldest form of popular music—jazz—while still somehow sounding completely relevant and approachable. It may have something to do with Halloran’s famous smile and his long-time reputation as an STL open-mic host. Guerrilla Swing has developed a loyal following in St. Louis working up to gigs at fabulous venues including Jazz at the Bistro last month. This month you’ll find him playing at ALIVE’s Hot List party at Cortona on Saturday, May 31.

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Guerrilla Swing courtesy of Tommy Halloran

We caught up with Halloran and asked him to share his answers with us for our Q&A series, STL Music Sessions. Learn more about this St. Louis music scene staple below and join us at the Hot List Party on May 31 for some Guerrilla Swing ear candy. General admission tickets start at $15 and can be found on Eventbrite. Keep up with Guerilla Swing on Facebook.

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