22 May 2024

The sound of swing comes to town

by Tim Nuttall

The sound of 1940s swing is set to be heard at Withernsea Methodist Church next month when the Hull Road venue hosts an evening of entertainment from the Polka Dots.

The trio of singers promise a performance that will deliver a modern twist on the classic harmonies of the past, with songs from the Warring 40s augmented by those from the Roaring 20s. There will even be a handful of surprise arrangements of modern songs that have been given a vintage twist.

Taking inspiration from The Andrews Sisters, the legendary American close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras, the Polka Dots are an in-demand party band who bring to life the sounds and styles of a bygone era.

Performing alongside professionally recorded live-band backing tracks, the Polka Dots deliver a smooth and extensive range of songs that are coupled with high energy dance routines and on-stage charisma designed to get the audience In the Mood for dancing.

The success of previous concerts held at the church, which most recently saw acclaimed harp and guitar duo Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman deliver a stunning performance last September, followed by a successful afternoon with

children’s poet Dommy B in November, has meant that tickets are in high demand, with the event already heading towards being a sell-out.

The concert takes place on Saturday, March 18, at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £5 each (including refreshments), are available to book now by texting your name and the number of tickets required to 07977 685878.

The Polka Dots’ performance has been organised in conjunction with Blaize – a community arts organisation that works nationally, but predominantly throughout the north of England, and aims to bring quality theatre, music, dance, children’s entertainment and comedy to isolated rural communities.

Through its ArtERY rural touring scheme, Blaize helps to deliver professional performances throughout East Yorkshire.

Thanks to organisations such as these, the hard work of dedicated volunteers
at local venues, and the support of local communities, opportunities are created in areas where access to the arts may otherwise be limited.

Church leadership member Gordon Beastall said: “It is a real privilege for Withernsea Methodist Church to host events such as these for the benefit of the community and it is a genuine pleasure to help bring performers of this calibre to the town.”

For further information about the Polka Dots, visit thepolkadots.co.uk.