Before I review the event I must thank Grazia Clarkson (media/public relations for The Jive Aces) for organising meetings with the stars of the show!
The Bevin Boys and The Ding Dong Daddios were the first two acts to appear on the stage and treated the ever-increasing crowd to a great selection of material covering the swing, rhythm & blues and rock & roll genres. The Three Belles appeared for a couple of songs but would return for a longer set later in the day.
More music from the DJ’s followed and this gave me the opportunity to look round the stalls, grab a drink and a bite to eat.
I enjoyed watching all the dancing and there was a wide age range from youngsters to those in their late fifties and sixties, most of whom had turned up in period costume, and were a joy to watch.
Having bought Si Cranstoun’s album Modern Life when it was released I was really looking forward to his performance and I was not disappointed. It was around 8.30pm and the joint was rockin’ with the dance floor full to capacity, many crowded near the stage while the rest were still dancing the night away. There are not many artists who sound better live than on record but it was certainly the case with Cranstoun. I guess years of busking has made him into the great performer that he showed this night. For just over an hour the audience were treated to a selection of his own songs and timeless classics including Coupe De Ville, Dance For Evermore, Modern Life, Gigolo, I Got A Woman, Sea Cruise and many more.
As I mentioned earlier I didn’t want to embarrass myself by taking part in the dance lessons earlier in the day but while backstage I had the opportunity to talk to the dance teacher Lizzy Abrahams from Sussex Swing who showed me a few moves. I was quite chuffed when she said I had good rhythm. Maybe time to take up lessons!
We were fortunate to go backstage several times during the day and met The Three Belles, Si Cranstoun and The Jive Aces who were all happy to chat and have their photos taken. A big thank-you to everybody for making it such a great day and roll on next year!