STRATFORD CIVIC HALL
Saturday dance band nights are listed along with details of bands playing. Also listed are Wednesday afternoon tea dances run by Alan & Vivien Iles. The Civic Hall has a very large, circular, sprung ballroom floor which would hold 250 - 300 couples easily. Alan's Saturday night dances support local charities from entrance fees. These are popular and very well attended dances particularly when great bands such as Tony & the Sapphires are playing. It is best to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the dance commences to ensure your seating, if going as a group. It is not possible to pre-book tables. The Civic Hall has its own bar off the entrance which is, unusually, quite reasonable. Although Stratford is a bit of a trek for some, it is still worth the run as it is one of the biggest and best venues you can go to and the bands are terrific. There is free parking on the car park facing the hall and pay and display car parks close by. (£2.00 the night) .
THE TONY FARRELL BIG BAND
Janet and I have seen this band on numerous occassions at the Rolls Royce Pavillion in Derby. They are superb in both sound and performance. See listings for future dates and go see for yourselves. There is nothing to compare to dancing to the music of a Big Band and even sitting and listening to them play is worth the trip.
The band was formed in March 1991 by Michelle Henley and Tony Farrell and the final full band made its first appearance at the end of 1991. The traditional line up consists of 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones,piano,bass,guitar,drums and 2 singers. Playing music from the 40's in the styles of Glen Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington and vocals covering the songs of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald etc. the band has a large repertoire of that era up to present day. The music features all dance styles from Jive, Lindy Hop, Ballroom, Sequence and Latin American. The venues they play at regularly are mainly in the Nottingham/Derby areas and details of these events are shown in the listings along with links to their websites which give more coverage and pictures. Their 40's night in June will have a demonstration given by Alan Axon's team the Jump Jivin' Jitterbugs.