Big Swing Band returns

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LINCOLNSHIRE’S popular Big Swing Band are back at the Riverhead Theatre in Louth this week for the fifth year on the trot with a new show and a new vocalist, international swing singer, Gary Grace.

The 17-piece Glenn Miller style band will be on at the theatre in Victoria Road on Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30 at 7.30pm with a concert entitled “Swing’s The Thing”.

And if past years are anything to go by, both nights will be a sell out.

Gary Grace, who tours the UK with his own Kings of Swing show, will be bringing his repertoire of songs by the likes of Matt Monro, Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and the inevitable Michael Buble plus a special arrangement of “Call Me” given to the band by famous songwriter, Tony Hatch, who has worked with Gary.

The band has musicians ranging from 17-year-old Skegness Grammar School drummer Lewis Knight through to veterans like ex-professional tenor saxophonist, John Mallinder.

The two-hour programme of big band swing will include hit tunes from legendary big bands like Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Basie, Dorsey and Duke Ellington. Some numbers featured are also on a CD which the band recorded professionally this month and which is to be released in the autumn.

Tickets are £12.50. The Riverhead box office is open from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Saturday. Phone 01507 600 350.