Back with a swing!

For our first free concert since February 2020 we feature Ali and the Swing Cats on Sunday 28 November 2021, 3.00 pm in St Mary’s Church, Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0EP.

Ali and the Swing Cats play their own versions of those amazing tunes collectively known as the great American songbook.

‘With its haunting melodies and interesting lyrics, this wonderful music was written between the 1920s and early 1950s’, says Ali Foyle, the group’s founder. Composers such as George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Jerome Kern often wrote these tunes for the musical theatre and films. ‘They were written for stars such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and the songs were then picked up by many of the top bands and artists across America and Europe. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong became international favourites by performing this music- the pop of their generation.’

Ali explains that the band was formed as a quartet in early 2020. ‘But we managed only one gig before lockdown! 

‘Then over the summer of 2021 the revised trio line-up emerged and the band is now playing at private parties, weddings and village halls across the South West.’

Featuring Ali Foyle on vocals and jazz violin, the songs are given a new lease of life, some with sounds reminiscent of the Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli Hot Club de Paris era. ‘Others get the more gentle, smooth jazz treatment,’ adds Ali, ‘and you’ll also hear the odd Bossa Nova as the band extends its music adventure into the 1950s world of Antônio Jobim.’

With pulsating rhythms, swinging base lines, soaring solos and polished performances, the band will have your feet tapping along with these old favourites.

The full band line-up is: Ali Foyle (jazz violin/vocals), Nick Strong (piano/ bass), Al Falkingham (guitar/vocals).

We are very pleased to be putting on concerts again. However it’s not quite back to normal, for this concert at least – in order to keep everyone as safe as possible we are going straight through with no interval to avoid too much milling about. We regret that we shall not be providing refreshments on this occasion but please bring your own tea and cakes if you want! As a courtesy to each other and to help us provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone, we are encouraging the wearing of a face covering at least until seated, unless exempt for medical reasons. And there will be a QR code for checking in.

There will be no raffle but we are encouraging donations to help with the artists’ and other costs. Finally, we are restricting numbers so that social distancing can be observed.

More concerts are being booked from January to June, for the last Sunday of the month with the exception of March when it will be the third Sunday to avoid Mothering Sunday.

Those wishing to come to Ali and the Swing Cats are asked to contact Frank Challenger on 01278 699071 or email f.challenger@icloud.com  so that Music on the Levels can control numbers if necessary. 

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