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Big Band and Swing on Simply Jazz

Written by on 10th June 2016

Join Tom Stevens every Tuesday from 12pm until 1pm for Siren Simply Jazz only on Siren FM and online.

Relax with your lunchtime jazz as Tom plays the very best of past and present jazz and swing with the melodies from the golden age of the Big Bands.

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This week Tom features music  by  Marlena Shaw, USAF Airmen of Note, D Day Darlings, Emily Jane Brooks, Marcella Puppini, Robbie Williams, Steely Dan and an interview with wartime sweethearts D-Day Darlings. The delightful D-Day Darlings have packed up their troubles in their old kit bag and are marching around the United Kingdom performing their spectacular celebration to the music of wonderful war years.

The trio were formed 6 years ago while working on a stage production and after the realisation that the three stunning song birds had a unique on stage chemistry that could rival the Andrew sisters.

Katie Ashby, founder and producer of the group, decided to get the show out there and The D-Day Darlings were born. “We were brought up listening to the music of the 40’s and the likes of Vera Lynn, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and the Andrew sisters have always been such a huge inspiration in their music and career.

Forming the group seemed to be a natural step for us to take”Rehearsals quickly began perfecting harmonies, hair do’s and of course getting the perfect salute and the group started to take shape!

It didn’t take long for our Darlings to secure their first engagement and make a lasting impression at special events and concerts. With performances at the Festival of Remembrance, The Churchill War rooms, The imperial War museum, RAF Waddington, The Guernsey Liberation Festival  in 2010 The Darlings took the UK by storm in their smash hit musical play ‘The Songs That Won The War’ performing at Theatres Nationwide.

The show, set in 1939 at the outbreak of war, became one of the most successful theatre productions in it’s field and attracted thousands of enthusiastic theatre goers from all over the country

The Darlings continue performing all over the UK and Europe and are proud to be able to keep the music and memories alive and into the hearts of the new generation.and have been  dubbed ‘The Forces’ Favourite Sweethearts’, they  have achieved many accolades since 2006, having earned recognition from Dame Vera Lynn and raising over £28,000 for The Royal British Legion.

Now, the  troupe of ten Darlings look to the future as they continue keeping the wartime spirit alive through performances across the UK.

It’s the 10th year anniversary since The D-Day Darlings were formed. It’s a busy time for  them at Revival Live UK as they have been filming a special tribute to the Queen for her 90th birthday celebrations. they are proudly keeping the wartime spirits alive.