Michael Dores’s Christmas Celebrations – Central Hall, Grimsby

Talented musical duo return to their roots. Two of Grimsby’s brightest musical stars dazzled in a special Christmas concert. Michael Dore and Gary Williams took to the stage together for the first time at the town’s central hall on Saturday.

The relaxed and informal event showcased two local talents who have sung in some of the biggest music venues around the world. Both put on a polished performance and looked to be enjoying themselves in the more intimate setting. The Leo Solomon trio were on top form and started the night off perfectly with smooth and relaxing music.

Grimsby born Michael sung some popular Big Band numbers including Frank Sinatra’s World on a String.

Gary who is from Immingham, was the guest singer and performed Get Your Kicks On Route 66 as well as an alternative version – by swappingthe glamorous American setting for the A56 in Yorkshire. The relaxed mood worked and the evening was a lot of fun.

The second half allowed the audience to test their voices, singing along to popular Christmas numbers, including On the Twelfth Day of Christmas. The Barnetby Silver Band was superb, creating the perfect festive atmosphere.

Michael said; “I have been coming back to do shows in Grimsby for 10 years and I love being back. It is always exciting. I love doing the big venues, like the Albert Hall, but it is more exciting when there are people in the audience you have known for a long time. It is a bit scary as well. They have seen you grow up and you want to do a good job. Some people have been coming every year and are really staunch supporters, which is really fantastic.”

Gary, who will be performing in the Ross Kemp Hall at the Duncombe Street venue on Mothering Sunday said; “I used to sing with Stage One and there are people here who know me from that time when I was 18 – which was a long time ago.” Grimsby Evening Telegraph

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