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Jazz & Blues Florida
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       Al Kanovsky Review





               Swingin Harpoon

Florida'a premiere Harmonica driven  swingin Big Band....
Swingin Harpoon knows how to deliver a Show !   
Mike ' Salty ' Lanigan, with his ' soul shakin vocals' and is also
 one the most exciting Harp Blowers with roots deep in Big Band
 & Big City Blues Swing. Boasting a gritty tone with red  hot sizzilin
 licks sets Mike apart......
And the big band arrangements are sure to keep your tail feathers shakin !
Swingin Harpoon has been performing across the
Southeastern United States since 2006, and has
established their sound
providing Harmonica
Driven raw swingin blues...with a flavor of
Big Band Swing.
Swingin Harpoon
is enjoyed by all, no matter age or culture.

Mike Lanigan founded Swingin Harpoon with a vision
of mixing together the music genres of Big Band Swing
and Harmonica Blues...
sorta like having Muddy Waters sit in with Cab Calloway!

Mike is a world class harmonica player, entertainer  and
 band leader with Soul Shakn vocals ! Mike entices  audiences
 to join Swingin Harpoon onstage and share in their
music.  Mike commands love, attention, and respect with
all peoples at Swingin Harpoon Shows.

Swingin Harpoon  throughout the Southeast from touring
relentlessly since forming in 2005.

                                     Swingin Harpoon dosen't just perform songs....                                 
It's a Show !
                                                                                    Introducing ....
                                         The History of Blues
                                                                         A Musical Documentary for your Event/Festival/Venue!
                                                        The History of Blues begins with the origin of blues with facts & music of the blues ages....
                                                         and walks you through highlights of blues history with inspired music and commentary.
                                                        The Show culminates with a full blown Blues blowout !
  This is a Show all ages enjoy...
                                                                          Ask Specifically for The History of Blues if you want to book this Show .

Tour Dates

"Man o man.... It was pleasure...
  You guys kicked tailed.. Sound so good !!!

Roosevelt Collier, Musician

'' Good time with Swingin Harpoon at Bradfordville Blues Club !More good times added to the memory banks. Thanks BBC & Swingin' Harpoon! ''

Charlie Boyer

"Your great on the harp ! Thank ya Brother"
Biscuit Miller
Biscuit Miller & The Mix

“Nice job last night. You guys are not only great players, but more importantly, great entertainers. The set list was good, the volume was good, and everybody had a good time. Let us know when you're back in the area and and well grab another date!”
Scott Reid
Ocean Blues Sarasota

Tight Blues Grooves With Some Hot Harpin'!

David L. Vacek

& Monkey Paw Finger

“'' Mike dressed to the nines has an endearing way with the audience, humbly shares the spotlight and knows how to blow that harp ! ''”
Porter Winfree
Facebook (Feb 27, 2012)

'' Swingin Harpoon Kicked Ass last night!!! Friggin Packed House!!
Dale Cook
Harp Player

'' Could Not have done it without You (Swingin Harpoon)! ''

Ouzts Too
Newport Fl

'' These Guys Jam! ''

Dennis Pittman
'In the Crowd'
Facebook Comment

You all ( Swingin Harpoon) were AWESOME!
Thank you so much for helping make this event the best we've ever had! We would love to work with you again !!!

Tai Ford
Director of Member & Resort Services 
Bloody Point Golf Club
Daufuskie Island, SC

'' The vibe in the room was special and the band was playing on all cylinders . The stage was hot from the fireworks that were missed from the night before & you guys were smoking ! ''
Steve Howell
Pat Ramsey & The Blues Disciples

" Swingin Harpoon is very simply amazing "
Jill Jegly
Live Blues World

" You (Swingin Harpoon) have the tightest, greatest sounding band around ! "
Dianne Haggerty
Capital Area Community Action Council

“' The Swingin Harpoon Blues Band, appeared at the River Jam last year. The band (Swingin Harpoon) is known for its big-band-swinging blues powered by guitar and harmonica....was back on the Flint River at Riverfront Park to play again.It is an honor to be asked back to play, (Swingin Harpoon)”
Pete Sliba
Albany News Herald


Mike ' Salty ' Lanigan
Harp, Keys, Guitar
Literally wearing out a 'Swingerhead (Michael Andrew) ' CD over a period of about 12 years, Salty finally acted on his swing interests and put Swingin Harpoon Blues Band together

(Salty) was born in Tarpon Springs Fl., and always ‘tinkered' with musical instruments. Salty started blowing harp at 14, learning his licks from two main sources....J. Geils Band , and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. The two contrasting styles of music influenced Salty's unique harmonica style.

Salty's hard blowing licks and unique timing provide a unique harmonica flavor, enjoyed by all.

Other significant influences come from Pat Ramsey, William Clarke, Fingers Taylor, Johnny Winter, Brian Setzer,  Michael Andrew,  and many other artists over the years.

Salty has performed or opened for with such artists as Pat Ramsey, Eddie Kirkland, Major Bacon, Roosevelt Collier, Sheba  'The Mississippi Queen ',                    Eric Culbertson, Biscuit Miller, Cyde Ramsey, Jason Ricci, Sean Chambers, E G Kight, Albert Castiglia, Watermelon Slim,Bill ‘The Sauce Boss’ Wharton, J B ' s Zydeco Zoo, Sir Charles Atkins, Rick Lollar, Pat Buchanon, Herbie Mann, Spyro Gyra, Georgia Satellites, Atlanta Rhythym Section, Grace Slick & Starship, Julien Kasper,Ric Lollar,  Billy Dean, Terry Clark, Tom Gribbon, T.C. Carr, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence, Confederate Railroad, Billy Dean, Cathy Cotton, Tracy Byrd, Joe Nichols, Lee Ann Womack, Mark Collie, Jeanie Sealy, Janie Fricke and many more.

Over the years, Salty has been a member of The Summer Brothers, Harpo, Brad Willis & The Southern Stars, Florida Band, Lost Companion Band, Southern Satisfaction, Barry Fish Band, Allie & The Allie Cats, Midnight Rain, The Saltwater Cowboy Band, Roadhouse, and is currently in Americana Rock Band The Allie Cats, and is the founder and front man for Swingin Harpoon

Swingin Harpoon Blues Band is a concept that Salty has envisioned for many years. Take the big sound of a swing big band and arrange blues harp into the mix with solid blues, and you have Swingin Harpoon Blues Band.  Swingin Harpoon Blues Band has been  booking regionally in legendary venues such as Bradfordville Blues Club & Bullwinkles (Tallahassee Fl), World Famous Buckingham Blues Bar (Ft Meyers Fl), Marshside Mama's (Hilton Head SC), The Blues Tavern (Mobile Al), Schooner Wharf (Key West Fl)The Melting Point (Athens GA), Pineapple Willies (Panama City Beach Fl), and many many others. The reception from the crowds have been overwhelming. Swingin Harpoon featuring Jamie Eubanks will be blowing near you soon.

American Without Prefix (2007 Indie), Swingin Harpoon Blues Band debut CD, met great critical reviews, and Swingin Harpoon Blues Band next CD, a live performance recorded at World Famous Bradfordville Blues Club (2010 ) has  some swinging blues...blues rock and Vintage Blues.

Salty has the passion, energy and experience for a memorable funky blues swing show.

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