[A]ll are welcome to join the party this coming Sunday when local big band, DGKollective hosts its latest big band and swing dance night in Carlisle. And as they swing out the classics in big band style, local dance school, Swingdance Cumbria will lead the way with the dancing, starting with a free introduction to the essential steps prior to the band kicking off. This is a growing scene within the region with dancers who are right across the age spectrum.
However, as Kollective director, Andrew Turnbull is quick to point out, this is not an event solely for dancers: “The aim of the big band nights is to ensure that they are enjoyable for both dancers and listeners. The venue does have an excellent dance floor but equally, some of the audience may prefer just to sit and enjoy the great music. After all, it is not every day you get to hear a big band up close.”
The big band consists of 17 players at any one time including 5 saxophonists, 4 Trombonists, 4 trumpets and a rhythm section of bass, guitar, drums and keyboards.
Andrew added: “The players come from around the region; and we usually get together to rehearse on Sunday afternoons in Carlisle. We’ve got a 2 hour set to present and we mean blow the audience away with our sound.”
To help publicise the forthcoming event, both DGKollective and Swingdance Cumbria were at the bandstand in Carlisle city centre last Saturday afternoon to perform a sample of their repertoire.
As the band played, the dancers demonstrated their best Lindy Hop moves to great interest from the crowds that watched the spectacle.
Date of event: Sunday, December 11th
Doors: 6.45 pm: free dance class from 7.15 pm to 7.45 pm – Band starts 8 pm
Venue: The Masonic Hall, 10 Portland Square, Carlisle CA1 1PY
Admission: £15 on the door