Le Hot Club des Insulaires (The Islanders Hot Club) has been entertaining fans since 2019 and have performed at many Francophone (and Anglophone) events and concerts around Victoria and Vancouver Island. The group is co-led by double bassist Tim Croft and guitarist Nick Mintenko. In true gypsy fashion, these two multi-instrumentalists have been known to trade out instruments on a whim! The co-leaders also double on vocals (singing en français!). These experienced players re-live the classic era of French and Gypsy Swing music. With modern arrangements and melodic grooves; this trio (sometimes quartet) of vagabonds keeps it swinging all night long.
"Soothing soft Melodies and swinging French Chanson, these guys have it all!" - Alliance Francaise, Victoria
"Thank-you for your wonderful musical performances. Le Hot Club des Insulaires gave this evening movement and warmth. - Head of UVic French Dept.
The group is gearing up to release their debut album: GREENHOUSE BLUES. The recording features West Coast gypsy jazz legends: Marc Atkinson and Daniel Lapp. Atkinson is also doubling as the album’s producer and sound engineer. A release date for summer 2022 is expected.