Band recreating sounds of big band era at new venue

Colin Yates Big Band
Colin Yates Big Band

Colin Yates Big Band, 
Rotherham Rugby Club

The band are just starting a new residency at the home of the Rotherham Titans.

The 17-strong band were first formed at the Windmill Club in Rotherham in 1977 and hark back to the classic days of big bands, including Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Stan Kenton.

Their repertoire ranges from the 1940s to the 1990s and they play lots of hits from the 1940s and ’50s.

The musicians will be joined by regular vocalists Wendy Kirkland, who is a jazz singer and pianist, and Graham Beachell, who does a lot of club dates in the style of swinging favourites such as Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darrin.

The residency starts tomorrow and the band will play at the club on the second Wednesday of each month.

The start time is 8.30pm and admission on the door is £3.

The rugby club, which is in Clifton Lane, Rotherham, has parking for customers.

There’s music for lovers of folk-inspired songs at Plug in Sheffield tomorrow night, when US singer-songwriter Laura Veirs appears.

Veirs, who is from Colorado and now lives in Oregon, uses elements of bluegrass ballads in her work, as well as old folk music.

Her latest release in August was Warp and Weft and collaborators include Jim James, kd lang, Neko Case, Brian Blade and members of The Decemberists.

On the album, described as “beautiful, lush and at times deeply dark”, she sings not only of midwinter suns, white blossoming cherry trees and melting ice, but also suicide, gun violence and war.

Box office: www.the-plug.com or call 0114 2413040.