Shaydes spread a little sunshine

The Shaydes
The Shaydes

The Shaydes, will be performing at Uppertown Social Centre, near Ashover, on Saturday, April 20, with their vocal harmonies mixing a cappella, acoustic and pop.

If you are not sure what a capella is, then it is about harmonies in which the human voice is used instead of musical instruments.

It has recently become hugely popular, helped by the film Pitch Perfect, a 2012 American musical comedy.

The Shaydes met when they were employed by Compact Theatre Company to tour four musical comedies at home and abroad. Now they have become a successful vocal harmony group in their own right, specialising in rock-apella, live playing and backing-track songs.

Their shows utilize their acting ability and talent for comedy and improvisation.Their current repertoire covers more than 60 songs, most of which have original arrangements written especially for them.

The line up is Mervyn Allcock, John Connolly, Steve Dolton, Phil Hurst and Terry Smith.

Their key influences are: Tamla Motown, The Commitments, soul, reggae, blues; Elvis Presley and classic pop.

So, if you would like to be there, tickets are £11 including supper, contact Eddie on 01246 590502 or 07966 154798.

n On Friday, April 19, local group The Heartless Tarts will star in a concert which marks the launch of their new CD and they have taken the opportunity to raise funds for their chosen charities, Ashgate Hospice and Action for Children.

The Heartless Tarts are all members of the prestigious Fishpond Choir. Singing mainly traditional folk songs, their voices blend beautifully in unaccompanied three/four part harmony.

The concert, which promises to be a feast of folk, starts at 7.30pm in the Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway. Tickets are free and available from Dave on 01773 856545 or from Mayfield Stores, Holloway.