Half-Pint & the Growlers play a lively mix of what we like to call Gypsyland – our own swingy concoction of gypsy jazz and Dixieland, with a little twang, rockabilly, and soul thrown-in for good measure. It’s a tasty brew of originals and covers sprinkled with hints of our favorite places from New Orleans to Barcelona, Paris to Memphis.

We sometimes perform intimate venues as an acoustic duo, but more often can be found performing high-energy shows with the full (and guest) Growlers. Recent performances include Swallow Hill Music, the Summer Concert Series at Clement Park, The Golden Fine Arts Festival, and the Horseshoe Markets. Catch us at area watering holes, festivals, and markets.


Half Pint & The Growlers are: (left to right)
Norton Ewart (drums, percussion)
Tamra McIlvain (vocals, percussion)
Ed McIlvain (guitar, vocals)
Peter Trahan (bass, vocals)

Ed plays a rhythmic, percussive acoustic guitar and sings harmonies. He’s also the lead songwriter. His music reflects a wide variety of influences from the Beatles to the Ramones, the Meters to Martin Sexton.

Tamra has a versatile vocal style and can belt gospel or blues, then transition effortlessly to a classic country ballad — channeling Aretha and Patsy, but with a voice that’s uniquely her own.

Peter has played bass for some 45 years and as far as he’s concerned there is no end in sight. He’s been in numerous bands and projects from Funk/R&B, Jazz, and Gospel to Rock, Blues and Jam Band. 

When a neighbor recently rang Norton’s doorbell at 2:30 in the morning, it was no problem since he was already up playing his drums. Keeping you up all night (on the dance floor) is his mission. From bop to blues, reggae to rock, and gypsy to jazz, you’ll hear influences from around the musical world in Norton’s beats.