INTRODUCING THE THREE BELLES - 1940s VOCAL TRIO
The Three Belles are a professional 1940s vocal trio inspired by The Andrews Sisters. Singing with live band, a capella or tracks the Belles get the party started!
What periods do you cover in your repertoire?
We mainly sing songs from the 1940s but we do sing the occasional 1930s song and some from the 1950s too! We also have some original tracks written by the drummer of our band The Bevin Boys. All our original songs are written in the style of the 1940s.
What are your favourite numbers?
- Dorothy's Favourite song is "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" an Andrews Sisters song guaranteed to get everyone up dancing.
- Gail's favourite song is original Track taken from album In Full Swing — "One of These Days" inspired by Peggy Lee's — 'Why don't you do right?'
- Betty's favourite song is "La Vie on Rose" by Edith Piaf as when we are on tour in France we always have people singing along who know all the words plus Betty gets to show off her French ;)
What inspired you to focus on this genre over other styles of music & performance?
Well when we all met at Uni we noticed we would always come into lessons with red lipstick, victory rolls, headscarfs etc so we learnt that we all had a love for the fashion of the 1940s! Then as part of our final year we formed The Three Belles and put on our very own 1940s event — In The Mood. Everyone dressed up and swing danced the night away! It was such a success we graduated uni and knew that we wanted to do The Three Belles full time. In the 1940s music was everyones way of escaping the hardship of living through the war, we find that honouring the great music of the time and bringing smiles to peoples faces from all ages is very rewarding and we simply love it.
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
We are featured in a book called Perfect Harmony by Richard Gruden's. Patty Andrews wrote the forward to the book and in it says — "Patty Andrews passes their legacy onto the Three Belles"
What has been the best event that you have performed at?
Such a hard question... West End live in Trafalgar Square!
If you could perform with anyone (past or present) who would it be?
I think it would have to be...... You guessed it — The Andrews Sisters! Patty was so charismatic when she performed, us Belles are forever watching youtube clips and admiring them.
A little more about The Three Belles..
We have performed at The IOW Fest, The Royal Albert Hall, The Ritz and The savoy and entertained audiences of up too 14,000 people!
We produce and promote our own tours at such venues as The Portsmouth Guildhall.
We have performed on The Alan Titchmarsh Show, BBC South today, The X Factor talk talk ad, ITV's 'Inside The National Trust' and 'the Evening Show' on London Live.
In 2014 our Christmas single reached no 1 in the iTunes Jazz Chart! (All proceeds went to The Royal British Legion) and as well as a iTunes Jazz no1 we have also raised over £2,000 for The Royal British Legion by eating WW2 rations for two weeks!
In 2013 we released our Album 'In Full Swing' featuring Big Band led by fantastic drummer, William Keel Stocker. Available on iTunes and spotify.
Last year we produced our own interactive 1940s experience night IN THE MOOD at the Portsmouth Guildhall and the St Ives Guildhall, Cornwall where it sold out! We also took our theatre show SING SING SING to The Stag in Sevenoaks and The New Theatre Royal where it sold out. We also took a show to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August and made it onto BBC Arts and the BBC's 'Best of The Fringe' Television program.
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