Glenn Macnamara


Macnamara - The "unmissable" swing singer! Originally from Scotland, where, through family influence, he was introduced to the music of jazz and standards of the 'Great American Songbook'. His passion for music grew and he performed his concert debut at the age of 15. Since then he has been performing in concert all over the world to critical acclaim.

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About Glenn...

"As a young boy, the desire and passion for big band, swing and jazz music intensified when I listened to the greats performing at there best; Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Billie Holliday, Tony Bennett, Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald were my idols, my teachers of a unheard world, and as heir student I soaked up their experiences like a sponge."

Growing up on the east coast of Scotland, Glenn was surrounded and influenced by music from an early age. Glenn's first paying 'gig' aged 16, went surprisingly well.

"I remember being so nervous but believing that the music would carry me through. These were thegreatest songs ever written, why wouldn't people like them? They did. Phew."

Glenn left Scotland wanting to learn as much as he could about the theatre and performing. He won a scholarship to the Guildford School of Acting graduating with an honours degree from The University of Surrey when he was 22, when he moved to glittering lights of 'the big smoke' - London.

By then Glenn had performed with The Len Philips Big Band, The Mike Richards Big Band, performed for The Duke and Duchess of Wessex at Hampton Court Palace and then went on to play Frank Sinatra in The Rat Pack in Dublin.

Over the next few years Glenn had performed all over the world as a jazz soloist, at many jazz festivals notably The Alexis in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, worked in Italy with Lino Patruno, (Frank Sinatra's Guitarist), worked with Shirley Bassie's pianist at The 606 Club, London.

Glenn was fortunate to be asked to perform the role of Chet Baker as part of the London Jazz Festival at The 606 Jazz Club in Chelsea, where;

The Guardian described his as an "amazing young talent.",

Russel Watson hailed him as "Wow! Like a recording, pitch perfect!",

Timeout-London described him as "The UK's finest swing singer",

and being asked back to perform as a soloist The 606 Club, Chelsea said he was "Unmissable!".

He went on to perform with SMA's 'The Rat Pack's Back' and 'Oh James!'. Supporting Billy Ocean, The Papini Sisters and Jamie Cullum and Grammy Award Winner, Judy Carmichael. He was the guest artist at the PPI Music and Radio Awards in Dublin and appeared regularly on the radio show The Tracks Of My Years.

He recently worked under the musical direction of Jim Barnett, Johnny Mathis' Musical Director and was also asked to perform on UK television, ITV1's The Alan Titchmarsh Show, gaining acclaim from award winning opera singer Russell Watson,

Glenn continues to thrill audiences, with his charismatic style and smooth renditions of swing and jazz music, all over the world over on various luxury cruise lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Seabourn, Princess Cruise Lines, Cunard and Holland America.

Click on the videos below to watch Glenn perform: