Haydloniant presents: The Hula Bluebirds: Hot Hawaiian Swing
During the first quarter of the twentieth century, Hawaiian music achieved remarkable popularity. In 1916, for example, Americans bought more Hawaiian records than any other sort. This popularity ended, but the music changed along with that of mainland USA. By the 1950s Hawaiian music had become the sloshy soundtrack for Elvis films. But during its heyday of the 1920s and 30s it was musically as hot as Louis Armstrong, as crazy as The Marx Brothers and as cool as Fred Astaire.
The Hula Bluebirds are a trio who play acoustic music from this golden era.
Martin Wheatley has worked with all the leading vintage jazz musicians, such as Keith Nichols, Neville Dickie, and Dick Sudhalter. He records and broadcasts regularly and has toured the US performing in 36 of the 50 states, including Hawaii, where an interest in vintage Hawaiian music became a passion. Playing a 1928 National steel guitar, he is one of only a handful of people on the globe who are convincing exponents of this style.
7.30-9.30pm on Saturday 1st February 2020 at The Parish Hall in Hay-on-Wye. Tickets £8 on sale in Eighteen Rabbits Fair Trade in Hay, and The Green Ink Booksellers. Bar. Wheelchair Access.
The Parish Hall, Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, Powys HR3 5AB
Sat 1 Feb 2020