If you love the sound of Big Bands and ballroom dancing atmosphere, then this is the event for you! Get to the Royal Theatre on Friday 10th April for a music and dance extravaganza. The Big Chris Barber Band and Strictly Winners contestants will grace the biggest suspended dance floor in Connaught for Barbers upcoming European tour.
Enjoy the captivating jazz and blues sounds from the amazing 10-piece Big Chris Barber Band, who are including the Royal Theatre, Castlebar as one of only three Irish dates.
The evening also features 'Strictly Winners 2015 - which will see many of the strictly and social dancers from around the county dance it out on the dance floor, all for their chosen charity. The Chris Barber Band will play before and after the contest.
This unique event is a night for all who love to listen or love to dance - don't miss a fantastic night of Big Band ballroom dancing atmosphere!
Inspired by the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Chris formed his first Barber New Orleans Band in 1949 at the age of nineteen. In 1953, along with Monty Sunshine and Lonnie Donegan, he joined forces with Ken Colyer. Then, with the replacement of Colyer by Pat Halcox, Ken Colyer's Jazzmen became Chris Barber's Jazz Band in 1954 and has been one of Europe's most successful traditional jazz bands ever since.
Over the years, Chris Barber's Jazz Band evolved into the Chris Barber Jazz and Blues Band, a richly-textured group, blending brass, reeds, and electric guitar into a unique and unmistakable mix of blues and jazz.
More recently Barber has been carrying the torch of trad jazz into a sixth decade of creative professional activity, expanding his group to include 10 players known as The Big Chris Barber Band while consistently delivering music of unpretentious warmth and historic depth.
This night will see the Strictly Winners dance contestants battle it out for the Strictly Winners title, raising vital funds for Western Care, St. Anthony's Special School and The Irish Cancer Society. Each of our eight couples; John Conroy & Aoife Hastings, Tom Ralph & Josephine Sheridan, John & Teresa Moran, John Geraghty & Eileen Toner, Tracey Heneghan & Attila Feliki, Mary O' Sullivan & John Power, Ann Kelly & Jim Lawlor and Frances MacNamara & John Paul Reilly will battle it out on the dance floor for a place in the top three. The top three dancers on the night will be judged by a panel of three dance teachers and will be judged solely on their dance ability at that stage and not their fundraising.
The Strictly winner will receive €1000 towards their chosen Charity as well as top prizes on the night.
Fri 10th April | Doors 7pm. Show 8pm | Tkts: €22.90
Tickets In-Person: Royal Theatre Box Office, Westport Road, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
Tickets By Phone: 094 9023111 or 0818 300 000
Tickets Online: www.royaltheatre.ie or www.ticketmaster.ie