The Bartender is the brainchild of Mikey McCleary, an award winning songwriter, composer and producer whose eclectic mix of music sensibilities gives his music a unique edge. The band performs vintage music in a sensual, jazzy manner reminiscent of a bygone burlesque or gatsby-esque era.
The band’s first album ‘Classic Bollywood, Shaken not Stirred’ re-invented some of the most beautiful songs from 50s and 60s Bollywood in the jazz style and includes hits such as ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’ from ‘Shaitan’ and ‘Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho’ from the Coke ‘Invisible Bottle’ TV ad.
The band revamps classic Bollywood music with their own personal twist. Their second album, ‘B Seventy’ was created in honour of Amitabh Bachchan and was released as a dedication to him on his 70th birthday.
The album features revamped versions of his most iconic hit film songs. This peppy album, while staying true to the original soul of the songs, combines reggae with cabaret and motown.
The band's musical muses are Shalmali Kholgade, Mauli Dave, Saba Azad, Shibani Dandekar, Anushka Manchanda and Rachel Varghese.
They have grown into a high profile live act featuring many well known singers and have released 3 albums and had other songs placed in feature films like ‘Bombay Velvet’, ‘Shandaar’ and ‘Nautanki Saala’. They draw inspiration from different genres like jazz, reggae, soul, calypso, funk and motown.