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Performing 



You aren’t just a performer, you are an audience member…watching the people in front of you, waiting for reactions for gratification…scouring for signs of mirth, boredom, admiration, disappointment. Just as you become connected with characters on screen or stage, their reactions and feelings get absorbed into you. Your performance may become better and livelier with a hedonistic audience. With quiet, unresponsive viewers or those that chatter through a set you either become disheartened, detach yourself from the situation with shopping lists or find it the perfect challenge to get their attention.

So to the girl and her mother who rolled their eyes, sneered and said ‘thank god’ when I announced my last track at a friend’s private performance just now…you are not the first, you will not be the last, but I’m not singing for you. I’m singing for myself, for the people listening and appreciating. For the children who don’t know the songs, but dance anyway. I sing so people can reminisce, to set the scene of an era and to keep them alive. I sing because I don’t have the guts to stop and tell you that I can hear every word and see every gesture. I sing because you can’t.

The Big O Vintage Festival 2017


Well it’s nearly that time again! Nestled in Priory Gardens in Orpington, this fantastic free event celebrated everything from the 1940’s to the 80’s! From vintage cars to fairground rides… entertainment to stalls and eateries, The Big O is a must for families.

You can find out all you need to know HERE!

Remembrance 2016


Usually I perform at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, but this year I am raising money for the Royal British Legion by singing at Tesco Stratford upon Avon today (Saturday) at 11.15am and then at Snitterfield Village Hall at around 12.30 on Sunday. 

Please come along and show your support and drop a few pennies into the WW2 helmet as you pass! The Stratford Herald should be popping along to Tesco too!

Q20 Goodwood Revival Video


Q20 made a fab little video of the Goidwood Revival entertainment this year! Check it out!

https://vimeo.com/184835448?ref=em-share

Christmas 2015


Well I hope you all had a wonderful Yule! I was lucky enough to perform at a Masonic event in Birmingham again, singing Christmas crooners and vintage numbers. They put on a lavish banquet and we had a marvelous time!

Christmas Eve was spent in our favourite cafe The Forteas in Stratford upon Avon! I serenaded them with some more yuletide numbers and 40’s classics as people sat and enjoyed their afternoon tea. It was hard not to turn all my attention to Betsy as she was wearing an adorable Christmas dress and would light up whenever I turned to her. Her smile really does cut through the dullest day.

On Christmas Day, we spent time with the family and my sister flew back from the USA to be with us all. Betsy is still too young to appreciate the festive season, but she was still spoiled with some amazing gifts from family and friends. It will be fantastic next year (and years to come), when she can get excited over the twinkly lights and wrapping paper. I wonder what she will think of her first snowfall?

So here are a few pictures, I hope you enjoy them and forgive me for not posting anything for a while. Babies sure do take up all your time and energy and it is a rare thing to have the opportunity to sit at a computer nowadays!

 

Betsy Rose got this adorable deer hat from Aunty Siss!

Betsy Rose got this adorable deer hat from Aunty Siss!

 

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Just before my performance at the Masonic Christmas event

Just before my performance at the Masonic Christmas event

 

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Our wonderful day at The Forteas

Our wonderful day at The Forteas

 

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Aunty Siss! She also bought Betsy that toadstool rattle!

 

 

 

A fantastic gift from Lil' Siss! Star Wars Christmas jumpers!!!

A fantastic gift from Lil’ Siss! Star Wars Christmas jumpers!!!

VE Day Celebrations 2015


I was lucky enough to attend 3 events this year commemorating the 70th anniversary of VE Day…and huzzah! They were all local!

With baby on her way in just 8 weeks, these were my last until I am recovered enough after her birth, making them poignant for other reasons as well as marking the allied victory in 1945.

Evesham VE Festival was first on the May Bank Holiday. It has always been a firm favourite local event of mine and as well as vintage stalls and great food stands, it also features free live entertainment through out the day. The fact that you get to see the Del Ray Rockets and other singers free of charge is well worth the day out and for some miraculous reason, the weather is always good no matter what it was doing 20 minutes prior to the festival opening! It is a shame there were no stall in the square’s main building this year as I usually love a good mooch inside there, but hopefully they will bring them back!

I had a super time singing on stage and doing our little stall, not to mention having the privilege of being the face of the event this year! If you have never been and are local to the Warwickshire/ Evesham, area, why not take a trip to this fantastic event next year. If not for my warblings, at least for the crepe stall!!!

Kitten von Mew and Peter Wayre

Dressed up for my 1950’s set with Peter Wayre

Richard and Kitten von Mew, VE Festival Evesham 2015

Mr and Mrs Mew! Wearing an original 1940’s sun dress with a mock bolero style front. Luckily it fits over the bump!

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Peter Wayre and Mr Mew at our stall

Next up was Yates Court Care Home, putting on a wonderful VE Day party for the residents and guests! Union Jack bunting and table wear was the order of the day and everyone came dolled up in their best. We even spotted some medals (on a Hawaiian shirt) and a paratrooper beret being proudly worn for the occasion. The little stage was festooned with camo net and flags and I had so much fun entertaining the crowd! They all joined in to Vera Lynn, Siegfried Line and Run Rabbit Run and some suddenly got a huge burst of energy during the Gracie Fields numbers and came up for a jig around!

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Having a little jig to Sing As We Go!

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Yates Court Care Home VE Celebrations 2015. Having a little rest before my set!

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A wonderful VE Day Cake made by the staff!

Finally my last singing set before Baby Mew arrives! This was last night at The Oak in Hockley Heath. A wonderful VE Day Dinner Dance with the Steve King Big Band. This wonderful 18 piece was one of the best we had seen in a long time and played some wonderful classics. The singer (sorry, no photo!) was exceptional! My little set was slotted into the band’s break and I had a wonderful time entertaining the guests. There was such a lovely atmosphere and it was the perfect way to wind down my performances!

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Mr and Mrs Mew plus one

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The Steve King Band

So a huge thank you to everyone who has made the first half of this year so amazing with their events and booking an every-increasingly more pregnant singer! The next half will be just as exciting!

 

Evesham Vintage Festival 3rd and 4th May!


This has to be one of my favourite local events! With wonderful stalls to browse, scrumptious food and fantastic live music and entertainment throughout the 2 days, it certainly makes for a memorable bank holiday!

I am so proud and honoured to be the face of this year’s event and will be singing on both the Sunday and Monday! See you there!