Craig fountain Oamaru gardens

The Garden Review by Amanda Mills

Swingbridge is the project of Oamaru musician Bridget Ellis and a collection of friends and musicians. The new album The Garden marks Ellis’ return to writing and recording for after a twenty year gap, and is a dynamic, diverse collection of songs that are intimate…

Bridget Ellis in her garden

Swingbridge album product of 20 years

Growing garden . . . Sitting in the leaves and grass is the artist behind Swingbridge, Bridget Ellis, who released her album The Garden last week. PHOTO: RUBY HEYWARD Oamaru Mail article by Ruby Heyward -February 26, 2021 After a really long gestation for her latest album, The…

Cover art by Dave Kingan

The Garden – Swingbridge Review by Mike Moroney

In a world that is barely surviving, hope is a precious commodity and nowhere is this better  expressed than in the optimism of those embracing a new kaupapa. Out of catharsis comes a  determination that things will not remain the same, that business as usual…

Steve Harrop and Bridget Ellis play at the Oamaru Early Settlers' Hall

Swingbridge Album Release – Early Settlers Hall, Oamaru

It was February 19th, 2021. A Friday night. Something was taking place.It was an album release. There was live, original music from a local act in a local venue.It was not a blue moon; it was Swingbridge’s album ‘The Garden’ played in its entirety at…