Fynefest Saturday is set to be a rockabilly paradise – and you can learn to jive.
Late afternoon will see a jive workshop, led by Anne Nelson, who runs her renowned Jump n Jive classes throughout central Scotland. Anne, a qualified dance teacher with the United Kingdom Alliance, will run the Fynefest workshop for beginners and intermediate jive dancers, which are tailored for all ages from the young to the young-at-heart.
Fynefesters will be able to put their newly-found jive skills to good use shortly after the workshop when high-energy rockabilly band the Tennessee Hotshots take to the Fynefest main stage.
The Hotshots, a three-piece of double bass, drums and guitar, record for All Tore Up records and return after impressing at last year’s Fynefest. The Hotshots – now in their 15th year – play authentic rockabilly and rhythm and blues with their unique style – it is red hot rockin’ music not to be missed.
Then, later on Saturday night, Fynefest will be touched by rock ‘n roll royalty.
Mary Jean Lewis, niece of the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis, will fill the dance floor as MaryJean and the Starlight Boys lay down their ‘no holds barred’ rocking music.
Onstage or on record, Mary Jean Lewis displays the enthusiasm, energy, and excitement of an entertainer just coming into her own. But behind that fresh verve comes decades of experience, all gained in the most important of world music capitals.
But as her growing legions of fans know, Mary Jean’s music is more diverse than simply updating the sound of Memphis. Over the years, Mary Jean has lived and performed in Louisiana, Mississippi, Nashville, Liverpool, and Glasgow, and her music presents an exciting, highly individual take that draws on all those experiences.
First and foremost, there’s her voice, which can growl like a feral rocker, swing like Louisiana dancehall queen, and turn into an emotional classic country torch singer on heartbreak ballads, to name just a few of her talents. On top of that, her piano work can shift from pounding hepcat rockabilly to the gospel overtones heard in everything from R&B to traditional country music.
Details of our Friday and Saturday headliners, together with news about a second Fynfest stage for 2015, will be announced soon.
In the meantime, dust off your rockabilly shirts, big 50s dresses and brothel creepers – a rockin’ and rollin’ Fynefest is on its way.