With less than a week to go until the opening of the North’s biggest music event, the 2012 City of Derry Jazz Festival, the pressure is on to make it the most memorable weekend yet.
And out to really impress the crowds during their festival debut this year will be exciting ‘jump jive’ act the Regular Joes. They will fill the shoes of festival regulars The Jive Aces, who unfortunately have to exit the event early this year following two much anticipated opening night performances at the Tower Hotel and DaVinci’s Hotel.
But the Joes are undaunted at having to meet the benchmark set by the Aces, who they regularly share a stage with, and are confident that their exciting blend of old-school R&B, Jump Blues, and classic swing will certainly hit the spot.
Speaking ahead of the event, frontman Martin Chilvers said that, while the Jive Aces were a hard act to follow, they were going all out to deliver some show stopping performances.
“Well this is our first year at the festival, and we’ve shared a stage with the Jive Aces many times, so we know what we have to live up to. But we have a few tricks up our sleeve, and we have a few more members, including our five piece horn section, so maybe we can outdo them, well in volume at least,” he joked.
“Our music is from a similar era - we recreate the era of the small school swing bands who were around before the big band scene. The Regular Joes are a really dynamic band, and it’s a very rhythmic and visual show - perfect for getting out for a dance. And we have our own dancers and sit down theatre shows, so we’re certainly an entertaining band in our own right.”
And according to Chilvers, their eclectic blend of music should appeal to young and old alike.
“We cover a whole spectrum of music, and a lot of our stuff is inspired by legends such as Louis Jordan and Louis Prima, so it’s a really lively set,” he explained.
“This is our first visit to Derry and we’re really looking forward to it, we’ve heard so many positive things about the festival, and we’re really out to prove ourselves to the discerning Derry crowd.
“We find that the music appeals to all ages, the kids seem to love it as well as it’s so energetic. If people want entertainment, then they won’t be disappointed.”
The Regular Joes will perform at a number of venues throughout the festival including The Metro, The City Hotel, The Strand Bar and Foyleside Shopping Centre.
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