The music of the 50s is making a comeback

Have your say

Thanks to the likes of Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum and the rest of 
today’s modern-day crooners, the music of the 50s and before seems to be as 
popular as ever.

Which perhaps accounts for why one of the big shows at the Opera House next month is The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show.

“It is a fabulous production that continues to be successful all over the world,” said a spokesman for the show.

“The great news is that it’s all totally live and every song is an absolute classic - Come Fly With Me, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles, Lady Is A Tramp, That’s Amore, Mack The Knife plus many more favourites.

“With an abundance of class and style they take you on a trip back in time to 
vintage Las Vegas – hip, cool and great music.”

The show in Blackpool is on Saturday May 25. Tickets are £17-£21 and available from

n There is a milestone in town next week – the first 
anniversary of Gillespies Folk Club.

To celebrate, a special artist has been booked to perform ... Fake Thackray (aka John Watterson).

He is, for those a bit slow on the uptake, a tribute act to the renowned folk singer Jake Thackray, who was best known in the late 1960s and early 70s for the topical comedy songs he performed on TV.

He died a few years ago, but his memory lives on in the form of Watterson. He isn’t some shabby tribute act either - he’s quality stuff and is taking time out from his tour with Fairport Convention to perform at the first birthday party of Gillespies.

The gig – and first anniversary celebrations – takes place at The Old Town Hall Tavern in Poulton next Thursday.

“It is fantastic we’ve reached one year as a club but it is even better to have someone of the quality of John Watterson performing,” said Annie Walton.

“We will be celebrating in style because John does a brilliant job and whether you remember Jake Thackray first time round, or this is your first introduction to his wit and wizardry, I guarantee you will have a great night.”

Tickets are £10.00 see website and available from or by contacting Annie on 07425 146 950. Doors open at 8pm for prompt 8.30pm start.

n Viva is hosting a gig for an Arts Council backed project – the very nicely named
 Cabaret Voltaire.

It involves five artists and involves mixed dance styles, comedy, theatre, burlesque, live art and film this showcase is the brainchild of La Petite Mort, a new, emerging dance theatre company for Blackpool and the North West.

Helen Gould and George Adams are joint directors and performers and this is their first project together for their new company.

Helen said: “We’re striving to create evocative dance theatre for new audiences and I would like to encourage people that may not usually choose to come and see a dance performance to come along.”

Cabaret Voltaire ‘explores our hunger for disposable reality entertainment with a vivacious flair’ It will be at VIVA on Tuesday.

The work is for an adult audience and tickets cost £5.50 Gold Circle and Diamond seating, £4 for silver seating.

n Those bookworms among you are in for a treat. Poulton Library, on Blackpool Old Road, is holding World Book Night on Tuesday, to celebrate our love of reading.

Bestselling authors, Barbara Nadel, Danuta Reah (aka Carla Banks) and Michael Fowler will be on hand to answer questions and everyone who attends will receive a free book.

Tickets are £5 (if you want a hot pot supper) or £2 for the event only.

Call the library on 01253 888900 for more details.