Default lineup: 5 members
5 Piece Band: Male Singer/Flugel, Piano, Double Bass, Drums, Saxophone/ Clarinet
Kidnapped from The Savoy Ballroom in 1929 by aliens the Charleston Swingers reappeared on the streets of Manchester in 2007 having aged not one jot still playing their infectious and quirky 1920's hits.
Oscar (singer and trumpet) Chester Walmsley (drums), Lord Wetherall of Chorlton (piano), Burley Martell (double bass), and Milton Colehill (sax and clarinet). You'll have to dance to them! Their affectionate 1920's pastiche delights and delects its way through an era of prohibition, speakeasies and mob violence; when the jitterbug was scandalous, flappers bobbed their hair and raised their skirts and a damn good time was to be had by the reckless and young at heart.
The Charleston Swingers put the 'art' in party and the 'Charlie' in Charleston!
Strike up the band! Let’s misbehave! Everything is hotsy totsy now!
(The writer takes no responsibility for the truth of historical facts, neither do names bear resemblence to anyone other than fictitious characters but the music is damn good!)
The Charleston Swingers performance is an affectionate pastiche of 20’s and 30’s music, in character and in costume. Oscar, Lord Wetherall of Chorlton, Burley Martell, Milton Colehill and sometimes Chester Walmsley, play upbeat, high energy songs and the odd heartfelt ballad, with a decidedly humorous spin and a driving mixture of American, British and Caribbean influences reflecting the unique spirit of the 20’s: music from phonographs, Broadway shows and vaudeville by Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein 2nd , Gershwin , Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, performed and made famous by Al Jolson, Al Bowly, Bing Crosby, Ambrose, Paul Whiteman and the many hotel ballroom orchestras of the times.
Enjoy this visit to an era of wonderful nonsense, quirky original music and cheerful entertainment.
Please also see The Sinatra Swingers - a versatile and talented five piece Jazz band cover a large repertoire of Sinatra standards, Latin, Blues and Jump Jive. With their high energy and stylish covers, this group is perfect for any event, even borrowing the Charleston Swingers' outfits should you require a great themed party!
References: CHARLESTON SWINGERS have had years of entertaining fabulously as The Chordaires, now The Sinatra Swingers.