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Ironbridge 1940’s Charity Walk


The wonderful organisers of the Ironbridge WWII Weekend put on a special event yesterday, which included a charity walk in aid of Pilgrim Bandits.

The Malthouse put on a lovely daytime and evening do and made a wonderful base for the event! With bunting, flags on the tables, Willy’s Jeep, Classic Car and 40’s music coming out of an old wooden radio, they had done a lovely job.

The weather was beautifully mild and the scenery spectacular. I had never had the pleasure of visiting Ironbridge before, but knew we would come back every year. Even though the famous bridge was being repaired, it didn’t take away from the stunning buildings, greenery and river!

I did 2 short singing sets in the daytime and trailed my microphone lead outside to the courtyard to make the most of the beautiful day! I did have 1 technical hitch, which was the fact that I was planning an Isis Wing Dance (Kieran’s Requiem) as the finale for my evening set, but the ceilings were too low for my wing span!

The only thing I could think of was to do it in the outside courtyard on go on the hunt for some bamboo fans and silk scarves to create fab veils with! We hot stepped it to the Antiques Centre before my first set to see what we could find. Nothing. But I did come away with a few charms for my charm bracelet! Some vintage fetish shoes, a burlesque dancer and pussycat.

So that was that. I explained the situation to the organisers and they were absolutely fine with it. It was going to be tricky as the patching was uneven and outside tables still rather close, but I wasn’t going to let them down.

After my first set we sauntered down the street to the soldier memorial and admired more pretty buildings and scenery. We chatted to a lovely lady in her garden with 2 crazy springer spaniels and headed back to The Malthouse for some lunch!

The second set was very lively, with more people and a super atmosphere! I really was in love with this place and the staff were so welcoming. I even got one of their themed B&B rooms to get changed in for my evening performance!

As we had a while until my last set, we headed to the Telford Shopping Centre to watch The Quiet Place (really good!) and then went to my room to get prepped.

As I was doing my hair and makeup I got to thinking about the last time I performed burlesque outside and realised it was with the USO Shows. Memories flooded my head…Giggles with Kieran and Sandra, repairing feather fans after strong winds had broken them, the Clover Sisters, dancing…then I realised what act I was doing (one I created in Kieran’s memory) and couldn’t stop the tears. I had to repair my eye make up constantly and will my false eyelashes to stick. Finally composed, Richard helped me tuck my costume fabric into my dress and we headed downstairs. I knew I looked a bit lumpy and bumpy, but hoped that people would forgive this once they saw the finale. There were soooo many people and most were dressed for the occasion! They waved their flags, sang along and made me forget all my worries! With a mild threat, I got them all outside and someone helped move one of the speakers to the doorway for my burlesque act. The performance space was still small and the tips of my wings were an ear hair away from some of the audience, but I just went with it. Whilst dancing I bantered back and forth with some of the watchers and my melancholy act turned into fun and laughter. I didn’t want to leave.

(2 performance photos above taken by Graham Hickman!)

So dear Ironbridge, I will be back! The seed has been firmly planted at The Malthouse and we have a few plans in the pipeline. Thank you for your hospitality, support and darned right loveliness x

Stoneleigh Militaria 2018


What a lovely weekend! We managed to hire our first ever baby sitter (eek!) and head off to Woody at War’s 1940’s dance at Stoneleigh on the Saturday evening. We haven’t been to a dance since I was pregnant! The last time I went to this one was when Kieran at the USO Shows was running it, so I didn’t know what to expect. Woody had done an excellent job and had even set up a little USO stage for me to sing on! The place was packed and everyone looked wonderful.

On the Sunday it was time for the Stoneleigh Militaria Show. I was singing in the foyer at 1pm, so we had plenty of time to walk around the stalls! I had managed to do little victory rolls in Betsy’s hair and she looked ridiculously cute in her khaki jumpsuit and headscarf.

There were 3 really good clothing stalls at the show 2 in the main hall, 1 in the second) and I got a lovely bargain 50’s straw bag and a jacket to wear with my Heyday trousers. Richard got me a lovely wool suit for Valentine’s that I can’t wait to wear!

It was wonderful to see some familiar faces and new ones alike. Some people I hadn’t seen for so long, they didn’t realise that I now sing?! So many cuddles and greetings, lots of cooing over Queen B and her hair, lots of catching up and a great singing set. I always enjoy this show, I think many of us treat it as the ‘real’ new year in the 1940’s scene as it is the first event of the year for us! It seemed to be a lot busier this year too.

Welshpool 1940’s Weekend 2017


This Saturday I will be performing at Welshpool 1940’s Weekend in Wales. I’ve never been before, so very much looking forward to seeing the event! It looks like it will be full of military vehicles, stalls, entertainment and even the light railway has gotten involved this year!

See me singing in Hall Street at 1.30 and 3pm on the 30th September! I will also be hosting a vintage stall in the town hall too!

For more information, please visit their website HERE

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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!