Swing take Command on festive night at Grand

Ribble Valley-based western swing band The Swing Commanders
Ribble Valley-based western swing band The Swing Commanders
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A dash of 1940s classics, a sprinkle of boogie-woogie, some jump jazz and blues –the Swing Commanders bring a festive jive to Clitheroe’s Grand Theatre next week

The Swing Commanders really are the cats with the cream of Forties classics, and the Clitheroe ensemble have enjoyed another spectacular year, playing a variety of gigs and festivals on the local and international circuit.

“We’ve done some pretty big gigs, and we’ve already got some big concerts lined up for next year, in Texas and in Ireland,” said band leader and founder member Pete Riley.

He added: “It is fantastic to be invited to these musical events, and it’s been so much fun and the beauty of 1940’s Swing is how easily it allows us to move from one musical type to another.

“There really is something for everyone in our sound.”

Peter, who plays double bass in the band, said: “I moved up from Hampshire to live in the Ribble Valley a few years ago and it is incredible to see how The Grand has developed into this amazing venue. I live in the town, so it is always fantastic to go back and play.”

The Swing Commanders are at The Grand on December 17, tickets £12-50. 01200 421599.

Tony Dewhurst