Bootleg Swing has become a regular event on the Norwich calendar, a lovely night for fans of Bo Nanafana – where it takes some inspiration – dressing up, the swing dance scene and fans of a good, fun night out. Lovingly put together with individual touches throughout the sparkly and festive NAC to give the night a stamp of Bootleg Swing identity and a 20s speakeasy feel.
Special cocktails for the night, a couple of sets of live music in the auditorium, burlesque cabaret from Natalya Umanska, as well as swing dance lessons from Earl Harlem plus more music and djs in the bar til late.
We’re back this December, with more brassy full-on swing & jump-blues from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s & beyond – all performed in style by our seven-piece band. Look out for debut performances of several brand new arrangements, plus of course a couple of festive favourites. During the first set there will be a very special appearance from decadent artist Natalya Umanska.
In the bar we welcome back the superb solo vocalist Miss Scarlet Black, plus hot jazz from DJ Humpleskillspin.
For those looking to learn some new moves (or brush up on a few forgotten steps), we have a Charleston lesson from Earl Harlem & Stefania Silvestri right before the band hit the stage.
See you all there xx
I had started the evening at a totally rammed The Murderers pub for the monthly Hubs gigs, this month featuring Dr. Clyde and Solko. A tremendous turnout, atmosphere and sound but I couldn’t even get close to the stage for photos it was so busy!
Saturday was the Christmas Special of the Global Village Market at The Forum, the weather was incredibly gusty and blustery with the effects of storm Desmond but that didn’t deter a very large crowd from coming along. As well as plenty of stalls there was a lovely walkabout from The Hocus Pocus Theatre and Father Christmas was telling stories to the children in the Library.
Whilst on Sunday I popped into Platform Twelve for a chilled out session curated by Slightly Offensive Steve who played an entertaining set before making way for the superb Morganway, playing a stripped back acoustic set as a three piece.
The evening concluded with another stripped down set from The Two Bit Operators and was closed by everyone singing along to Wagon Wheel to toast the end of the evening and it would appear the Sunday Sessions put on by Steve.