THE MOOD SWING STORY
What do you get when you combine a hot guitarist and a cool bass player who sing like sirens, have spent decades honing their chops, harmonize like synchronized swimmers, and happen to be women of a certain age?
You get Mood Swing, a smooth, jazzy, bluesy Boise duo featuring Patricia Daley and Peggy Jordan.
They were featured guest artists at Alley Repertory Theater's sold-out smash hit musical, "Golden Girls Christmas Extravaganza" in December 2017; headliners for multiple Idaho Songwriters Association and Sisters in Songwriting concerts in 2016, 2017, and 2018; and have performed in Curtis Stigers annual Xtreme Holiday Extravaganza for the past two years running as part of the Analog Sisters with Michelle Coleman.
Peggy and Pat are so easy and fun to listen to that you almost don’t notice the impeccable musicianship holding it all together--almost. Boise’s beloved old-broad duo has perfected the art of making just two instruments and two voices feel and sound -- and swing -- like a polished five-piece band.
Mood Swing was born in the early 90s when Pat and Peggy met at an open mic night at Pengilly's Saloon in downtown Boise. Thanks to a mutual passion for jazz standards, they were soon jamming together every chance they could.
Both were committed to other musical projects at the time so they rarely performed as a duo in public, but continued to practice together just for the pure joy of improvising, trading solos, and honing their jazz skills.
In late 1999, Peggy was sidelined by a back injury, which led to a long sabbatical from professional music and a new career in marketing communications and book ghostwriting. Meanwhile, Pat dove wholeheartedly into her successful solo singer/songwriter career and was soon booked solid teaching guitar lessons.
When Peggy decided to pick up her bass again in late 2016, her first step was to invite Pat over for an afternoon jam. The two gelled so easily and quickly they were gigging again as a duo less than three weeks later.
The night of Mood Swing's come-back debut at Lock, Stock & Barrel also happened to be the same night (October 19, 2016) as the presidential debate in which one of the candidates referred to the other as "a nasty woman." Which Peggy and Pat took as confirmation that it was high time in this world for more women's voices to be heard, loud and clear and far and wide -- especially the voices (and instruments) of old broads and nasty women.
Patricia Daley has been described as being “like Diana Krall with a guitar.” A prolific songwriter and masterful guitarist, she is one of Boise’s most sought-after guitar teachers and also serves on the board of the Idaho Songwriters Association.
As a solo act, Patricia has been a mainstay of the Idaho music scene for over 20 years, building up a devoted following of fans who rarely miss a gig.
Her song "I'm in love With Mrs. Santa Claus" was included in the 2016 Ida ho ho CD and benefit concert, a fundraiser for the Idaho Foodbank.
Patricia's debut solo album, "Spent Yesterday" is available on CD Baby or in person at any Mood Swing gig.
Bassist/singer Peggy Jordan has played festivals, bars, and coffeehouses from Boston to Santa Barbara to Tokyo, Japan. Her solo album, "is It Art Yet" (now out of print) was released in 1990 and quickly sold out its first run.
Peggy sang alto with the renowned vocal jazz quintet The Skatzenjammers in Santa Barbara, who were twice invited to perform our national anthem at nationally televised Los Angeles Lakers games.
In 1986 Peggy recorded with the late Kate Wolf on her award-winning final album "Poet's Heart", and Peggy's band The Santa Fe Trio opened concerts for such luminaries as Dan Hicks, Rosalie Sorrels, and Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan.
Since moving to Idaho in 1992, Peggy has worked with a wide range of Boise jazz, folk, and blues bands, including the Jazz Rats, John Hanson, Sirah Storm and the Blue Tail Twisters, The Divas of Boise, The Elements, and The Pegheads.