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Teen’s once in lifetime gig

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A Blackpool teenager is warming up ahead of a once-in-a-lifetime gig, ready to open the show for The Overtones at the Opera House tonight.

Nancy Langton will perform to thousands at the famous resort venue ahead of the harmony groups’ gig as part of their UK tour.

Playing alongside a group who have sold in excess of half a million albums and bring housewives to their knees is no daunting prospect for her though.

The 18-year-old is no stranger to the 3,000 seat venue, having performed on the stage with her sisters when she was just five – playing the accordion, no less.

Tonight she’ll be singing her own songs, having impressed the five-piece vocal group when they were on the same bill for the Illuminations Switch-On in 2012.

She said: “When I came off stage, Lachie came over and he said ‘I think your voice is amazing’. Then the next day he tweeted about me, that was a really big deal.”

The Overtones, made up of Mark Franks, Mike Crawshaw, Darren Everest, Timmy Matley and Lachie Chapman, sing doo-wop style songs and are already popular with Blackpool audiences, having played two Switch-On gigs and at the Opera House.

So when Nancy, from Marton, heard they were returning to her hometown, she asked her manager to approach theirs to see if she could join them.

Once again impressed with her work, and no doubt the go-getting character, they agreed.

She added: “I couldn’t believe it. It’s such an honour to support them.

“And my full family have tickets too, they love them.”

From a Romany gypsy family, Nancy was born musical and turns her hand to the guitar, ukelele, piano and drums too, though singing is her main passion.

She’s been working on her own album for the last few months, writing original material and recording, and now the gig is a perfect opportunity to try out the new material.

She added: “When I did the Switch-On and I said I was from Blackpool the response was unbelievable, I’m hoping I get a good reaction tonight.

“And the other support act is a guy, so I’m the only girl on the bill.

“I feel like I’m representing the girls.”

Nancy Langton and The Overtones play at the Opera House, Blackpool, tonight from 7pm.

 

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