Since its inception in 2002, Sway has performed in various venues in and around Sydney to very enthusiastic audiences, at corporate gigs, music concerts and cocktail parties.
The four members of the group, Fiona Wilkinson, Tony Watson, Sara O'Connor and Adrian Mees, are all accomplished vocalists with decades of professional and semi-professional vocal experience between them. They each contribute to the group in very unique ways:
Fiona with her arranging skills and her love of sometimes very questionable retro music,
Tony with his amazing perfect pitch, his sense of humour, and his love and knowledge of good rock music,
Sara with her sweet and playful jazz voice and her decadent scatting style, and
Chris with his experience as an acappella bass singer and sensational synth-drum vocal percussion skills.
Sway has performed in venues such as the Double Bay Woodfire Cabaret Restaurant, The Side On Cafe, the Seymour Centre, private functions, and for clients such as Parramatta City Council, Glebe Music Festival, University of Western Sydney and Colgate-Palmolive.
* The Joker (Sergio Mendes - theme tune from Kath & Kim)
* It's Alright
* Crazy Little Thing Called Love
* My Girl
* Higher and Higher
* Willie and the Hand Jive
* You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
* A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (a la Manhattan Transfer)
Fiona Wilkinson originally comes from Canberra where she studied classical guitar and musicianship at the Canberra School of Music, sang in many choirs and sang lead and played keyboards in a 50s and 60s rock'n'roll covers band, "Silhouette".
After moving to Sydney in 1996, Fiona joined the "Beethoven Society of Australia" mass choir and, from there, became a member of various small choirs, cabaret groups and vocal quartets, performing at gigs all over Sydney, from doing backing vocals for Michael Crawford at the Entertainment Centre to entertaining the footy crowd before a Swans game at the SCG.
It was during this time that Fiona developed her love of singing close harmonies in small vocal groups, and from here she joined a cabaret-style girl trio "Deluxe", where she picked up the art of arranging music for voices and bands.
At the same time Fiona was being coached in performance and stage craft by cabaret singer Tami Lind, and took classical singing lessons with Anthony Winter, ultimately gaining her Performers Certificate in Singing through Trinity College.
It was in 2002, after singing in a cappella gospel choir "The Elementals", when Fiona and Tony formed Sway, Fiona's first foray into the wonderful world of a cappella.
Tony Watson has been singing all his life. Born into a musical family where both parents were music teachers, Tony was exposed to music constantly.
Tony has studied piano and musicianship and has a passion for music, both recorded and live.
The son of renowned musical director/conductor Dr Steve Watson, Tony's strengths are his ear for music, his wide vocal range and his ability to pick up new material almost instantly.
His first foray into live performance came in the Freddie Mercury benefit
concert at the Metro Theatre in 2000. This involved performing in the vocal ensemble and assisting with arrangements and teaching the choir.