Audience Spellbound by Sensational Swing

Toe tapping was instinctive for the audience charmed by Gary Williams. The Stage One singer turned West End superstar used his wit, humour, personality, and above all his sensational swing voice, to spellbind listeners at Grimsby's Central Hall on Saturday.

With the help of a truly talented quartet of musicians, he performed cocktail lounge classics which transported fans to the glory days of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

After opening with the Bing Crosby favourite Anything Goes, he developed an immediate bond with the audience by shaking hands and inviting them to snap their fingers. Resistance was futile thanks to his own brilliant performance, and those of pianist Joe Stilgoe, bassist Tom Mark, drummer Steve Rushton and Luke Annesley on saxophone, clarinet and flute.

The Rat Pack era was truly evoked by their rendition of Dean Martin's Music To Watch Girls By and Sinatra's Nice 'n' Easy. Fans were enchanted by their interpretation of Andy Williams' Moon River and Nat King Cole's The More I See You.

And West End musicals were brought to life through performances of Oh, What a Beautiful Morning! and Hello, Young Lovers. But it was Gary's home-inspired lyrics which truly charmed the audience. Changing the American road in (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 to the A56 had everyone laughing. And approval was cemented by his own verse of The Lady Is A Tramp.

He crooned: "I come from Grimsby, the fish is divine. They know how to serve it and the prices are fine. Fish, chips and peas for £1.99."

The event raised more than £200 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), thanks to a fundraising raffle, and the Immingham-born singer complimented young members of theatre group Cast for their behind the scenes help. To guarantee fans felt uplifted, he ended his set with the optimistic numbers Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries and You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile. Katie Norman for the Grimsby Evening Telegraph

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