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Retro quartet to appear at Seagull

PUBLISHED: 13:23 19 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:38 06 July 2010

THE diverse range of music nights planned for the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield continues on Saturday when retro quartet The Slippers appear for the first time at the venue.

THE diverse range of music nights planned for the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield continues on Saturday when retro quartet The Slippers appear for the first time at the venue.

The band plays music using the classic 1960's instrumentation of two electric guitars, bass and drums.

The strong material and signature guitar sound give The Slippers a chance to bring something new to old tunes, while steering clear of swing revival nostalgia and parody.

The opportunity for the guitar and vocal to marry a dash of rhythm and blues with original swing tunes is a perfect example of the genius of songwriters like Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart.

Contrapuntal funk goes hand in hand with the smooth melodies and beautifully written lyrics. The overall feel of the Slippers sound is accessible and familiar because of the deliberate structuring of the arrangements and the use of 21st century technology.

The band's first CD, Work, is both an experimentation of electro-swing and the beginning of a musical journey.

Alan Bates on vocals/guitar, treats songs personally, Stephen Mynott's guitar and arranging are delicate and positive, while Owen Morgan on double bass and Mick Talbot on drums/percussion lend rhythm support that is understated, subtle and heartfelt.

The show begins at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £6 from the Seagull box office on 01502 589726.

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