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Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show

 

 

 

 

Lynsey Leigh Davies and her forties show.

 

Lynsey Leigh-Davies

Lynsey Leigh-Davies

 

 

Lynsey Leigh Davies was born into a musical family, so it is no wonder she is so passionate about her music. Lynsey was fortunate enough to have had her CD listened to by the one and only Tony Christie who commented that her voice was akin to the late, great Patsy Cline. However, Lynsey's audiences say that if you close your eyes she sounds just like Brenda Lee (Little Miss Dynamite). So it comes as no surprise that this is her favourite era.

The 40ís/50ís/60ís time was an exciting one which Lynsey wants to relive through her music, like all-time greats such as The Shirelles, The Crystals and The Ronnettes. With Lynsey's vast knowledge of songs, she is able to cater for most occasions - Birthday, Wedding Anniversary, Reunions & Corporate Functions.

Lynsey comes as a full package for bookings/gigs with a comprehensive selection of P A Equipment complete with her own Sound & Lighting technician. Her knowledge of music can be tailored to suit most any occasion or venue.


Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show

Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties show

 


Lynsey Leigh Davies and her forties show features classics such as White Cliffs of Dover/Love Letters/Moonlight Bay/Lay Down Your Arms/Berkeley Square/bill Bailey/As Time Goes By/Side by Side/Let me Call You Sweetheart/Iím Forever Blowing Bubbles/Lambeth Walk/Falling In Love again/Lillie Marlene/Smile/Someone To Watch Over Me/Swinging On A Star/You Are My Sunshine/Slow Boat To China/You Made Me Love You/Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye/April Showers/Bless Em All/Kiss Me Goodnight Sgt Major/This Is The Army Mr Jones/Siegfried Line/Sailor/Autumn Leaves/Bye Bye Blackbird/That Lovely Weekend/Weíll Meet Again and many more.

Here, Lynsey talks to Digger at www.retrosellers.com

  


 

Digger: Hello Lynsey. Iíve been getting myself ĎIn the Moodí this morning and have been playing your forties CD.
 
Lynsey: It was such fun recording that Album, beautiful tracks such as Berkeley Square to stirring stuff like Kiss Me Goodnight Sgt Major, I just love it!
  

Digger: Thatís what itís all about really.
 
Lynsey: Exactly right. I said to my husband Alan yesterday that the term you used the other day ďWhen I had a proper jobĒ was a good one. I hated my last proper job, but it got our two girls into private school. We never had holidays and we paid for their schooling. The youngest now - sheís passed her exams to be a barrister.
 

Digger: That was a result then!
 
Lynsey: Sheís got a really good job with two of the lads she was at private school with. The times I took her to that school - if I had a pound for every time I made that journey Iíd be rich. But as long as theyíre happy and doing what they want to do then thatís great.
 

Digger: Why is the forties and retro so popular?
 
Lynsey. I think itís because people are so depressed at the moment, and feeling so let down by the Government and Banks etc. People are happy when they reflect  on bygone years, whether itís 40ís/50ís/60ís. I feel the same when I do a ďnormal gigĒ which is based mostly on sixties music.
 

Digger: In your press release you say that you love those decades. What it is about them you like?
 
Lynsey: You reflect on the time you were growing up.
 

Digger: It wasnít perfect of course and for my American friends in the sixties predominately meant memories of Kennedy and Vietnam.
 
Lynsey: Yes, but it was all going on in our country in the sixties. We met a couple from Liverpool last week and they have invited us up there. They plan to take us to the Cavern and places like that.
Again nostalgia that we all long for - Penny Lane, Ferry across the Mersey, they all hold fantastic memories for me.

 

Digger: How many of these gigs are you doing?
 
Lynsey: Typically at the least two a week, but we can do up to four and sometimes even more, so it keeps us busy. We have eight grandchildren and like to spend time there.

Digger: The CD has got the songs from that wartime period. Does it sell well?
 
Lynsey: Yes we put a stand up displaying the CDís and when people have enjoyed the show they often want a memento of the evening, so the CD is perfect! And Iím very happy to sign them.
 

Digger: What are the best things about doing what you do?
 
Lynsey: Because I love what I do, and so many people say how much it shows. Then whether Iím feeling tired or on top of the world, I never short change anyone.
I say to them the only time you will ever see me look at my watch on a gig is because itís then time to slow it down; because thatís the way we work.
 

Digger: With some acts you notice that theyíre doing all the cues to the other musicians as in "Lets get off..."
 
Lynsey: Well thatís not the way we work. We do it because we love it, and if we stopped loving it then we would not do it anymore.
 

Digger: The public aren't stupid they know what they like.
 
Lynsey: Exactly right people will come over and say ďIt does show how much you enjoy your work."
 

Digger: I canít hear your Black Country accent in the singing at all. Where does that go?Ē
 

Lynsey: Well you know weíve discussed this times gone by, because you get someone like Annie Lennox whoís got a really strong Scottish accent and sheís out there singing. What happens to that I just donít know. And the same with the Liverpool groups or anyone.
 

 


 

Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show

 

 


Digger: You CAN hear a bit of the Scouse on some of The Beatles recordings.
 
Lynsey: I think itís probably because they wanted it that way.

Digger: What sort of feedback are you getting from people who attend your shows?
 
Lynsey: Youíll always get a least one person coming up to you at a gig saying ďWe so enjoyed it, we had a brilliant timeĒ. I like to put little things in the show like ďjust to test you are listening, A MILLION HOUSEWIVES EVERY DAYÖÖÖÖ..and let the audience finish it off. We also have a little chat about the times and how we hadnít got to lock our back doors. And all those silly little things that get the atmosphere going. And we have Sing-alongs and they just love it.
 

Digger: There must be less people now that actually remember it first had though, mustnít there?
 
Lynsey: There must be obviously because of the age group, and yet theyíre into it. Kind of brings you closer, this kindred spirit and the belonging.
 
Digger: I was talking to Viv The Spiv who plays a kind of Walker from Dadís Army character...
 
Lynsey: I donít know him but we have had one or two people come like that.
 

Digger: Viv has the patter and the cockney rhyming slang Ė heís hilarious and Iím in stitches when Iím on the phone to him. He say the same thing, itís like an inherited memory.
 
Lynsey: Yes.
 

Digger: Even if you werenít there people still know about it.
 
Lynsey: Yes, I think we still need to have some pride in something, you know and we havenít. Nowadays thereís no pride in anything anymore and even when weíre not old and decrepit weíre saying certain things shouldnít be done and it shouldnít be handled like this. Youíve got to have a sense of pride and itís very very difficult to find something to have a sense of pride in nowadays, isnít it?

 
Digger: Youíre obviously proud of what youíre doing. Iím trying to take what Iím doing the best that I can. I think there are still some youngsters who still have that kind of pride and itís nice when you bump into them.
 
Lynsey: Oh gosh, yes. I know that Iíve done okay, Ďcos obviously I get mixed audiences more in my ordinary stuff than in the forties, but when the younger ones come up to me and say ďWeíve had a brilliant night.Ē Then you know youíve done your job.
 

Digger: Thatís your cue to dip into your bag and say ďWould you like to buy one of these CDs?Ē
 
Lynsey: Talking about accents, I pinned you down to being an Essex boy even though youíre in Northampton now.
 

Digger: Thatís weird isnít it?
 
Lynsey: You never lose it.
 

Digger: Youíve got quite a strong accent, if you donít mind me saying so.
 
Lynsey: No, not at all Iím very proud of mine. When they say Birmingham, thatís when I get angry!
 

Digger: Thatís like calling a New Zealander an Aussie, or someone from The Wirral a Scouser. Iím very careful not to presume and always ask people where theyíre from.
 
Lynsey:  Thereís a few miles between the Brummies and us here and we are VERY different.
 

Digger: Thereís a strange accent here, thereís a very definite Northampton accent and itís almost like a sound which is a cross between Birmingham and Norfolk, which, of course, is exactly where we are geographically.
 
Lynsey: Yes, funnily enough my friend who Iíve just been on the phone to. I actually did the club with her last time and itís in your neck of the woods, called Casey's in Daventry. We shall be going over and doing the duo. Sheís there on Monday and itís a lovely little club and we have a really good laugh. Once weíre together, weíre laughing.
 

 

 

Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show

Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show

  

Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show

Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show

   

Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show

 

Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show


Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show

  
People having a great time at one of
 Lynsey's forties shows

 

 


Digger: So, where are you heading with these shows?
 
Lynsey: Well if you spoke to Alan about that heíd have different thoughts about it. Iím just out there enjoying every minute of it. As usual Alanís a little more ambitious than me in that respect. We have a conversation with a friend of ours Andy Hart, formerly of the band Budgie, that maybe at some point we could team up with him and a friend to perhaps maybe do a little bit of a spot of ABBA, maybe sixties as well. But at the moment heís doing some work with Mike Sheridan and having a ball, so who knows? Alan my hubby and sound technician has always through out our business life been more ambitious. And it was probably to do with losing my Dad younger. I was only five when he died it was from there that I got the gift.
 

Digger: How old was he?
 
Lynsey: He was forty one. Six years away at Arnhem. He was hand-picked and there were only two from Brierly Hill where we lived who went over to Holland. That was í44. It is a musical family and my grandma was the lady who had a brilliant future ahead of her. They wanted her to go to Broadway and play Topsy in Uncle Tomís cabin. I think Iíve got something here on Irish notepaper saying what a rich soprano voice sheíd got. And she trained at The Guildhall School Of Music for years and my dad, of course, got it off of her. He toured with the London Operatic Society as Boy Caruso. She missed him and said to my granddad ďI want him back.Ē So they got him back and it could have been much different, probably, if he hadn't been called-up and gone to Arnhem. But when I go out, thatís the thing that spurs me on. Because Iíve got a brother and a sister, she canít sing and he can but heís very shy and won't go on stage. And I suppose Iím kind of flying the flag and every time I go on stage Iím thinking of my dad and heíd be very proud.
 

Digger: Itís like an X Factor story.
 
Lynsey: I suppose it is.
 

Digger: The difference is, you have the talent and are doing all the graft. The modern thing is that they want instant fame for fameís sake. They want to famous in five minutes and it doesnít work that way, does it?
 
Lynsey: No, well when I finish a gig each night I know Iíve given my best. Alan says ďI never have to tell you to smile or do this or do that." Because heís very critical.
 

Digger: I'm sure he's also very complimentary when you do well, I should imagine?
 
Lynsey: Well he loves me very much and heíll tell anyone that heís one of the luckiest fellows alive, and it was the best thing we ever did when we got together. But heís also my biggest critic and he does like things right. Alan and I (and people smile when I say this) never fall out, we spend 24/7 together and we donít argue. Itís good when you think about it. He thinks itís so sad when you see famous artists miming. It angers me and I wouldnít dream of doing it.
 

Digger: It devalues everything. I just hope that the people who go to see your show appreciate it that youíre doing it properly.
 
Lynsey: I think they do, you know, and they say they can hear every word. This modern stuff, you canít tell what theyíre singing.
 
Digger: I went to see the Bacharach tribute the other day Ė three female singers and a band and Chris Dean - and you could hear all the lyrics. There were a couple of fluffs in there but I thought that was great, not in a nasty way but because it made it more real.
 
Lynsey: Sometimes your brain says one thing but something else comes out of your mouth and I say ďWell, it is live, you know.Ē And people love it. In the nicest way because itís something to smile about. ĎCos Alan does all sorts of naughty things while Iím on stage like Iíll be describing one song and heíll put another one on. But heís like that at home, Iíll go to put my shoes on and heís put stuff in my shoes or I go to put a coat on and heís tied the sleeves together. (Both laugh) And this is how we live our lives. It has always been fun and it will always be that way.
 

Digger: Do you ever pay him back?
 
Lynsey: Oh certainly yes and weíll laugh and Iíll say heís got to pack his carrier bag because I wonít give him a suitcase, people love the banter. When I get on and do a new club you tell the audience you are nervous i.e. Iím a bit nervous as Iíve never played here before so will you look after me? That normally gets them on side, although I feel so at home doing the stuff I love, I donít really get nervous. 
 

Digger: That first thirty seconds to get people on your side is really important.

Lynsey: Yes, yes it is. And to a certain degree, and I don't know why it is, but because I love my music so much when I'm singing I'm in a kind of world of my own and I'm out there and loving that song and the audience. It's strange because my partner Kas is confident and full of patter, but when we do a new venue she feels sick. I don't. You'd think it was the other way round on stage as she comes across as so confident.

Digger: You hear that a lot that many pros are ill before a performance.

Lynsey: Although I come from a musical background I've only been doing this professionally for six years in May. We were on holiday in Gran Canaria at one of the Princess hotels. We couldn't afford it now but we could when it first started-up. It was a five-star and I always remember this fellow playing on a piano and he was on his own. A huge, beautiful room and I went in and started to chat to him, as you do, and he told me about himself. And I sat beside him on the stool and said "Do you know so-and-so song?" and he said "Yes, but I haven't got the words." And I pointed to my head to say that I knew them. And he played it and I started singing and the next thing you know, because I'd got lost in it, the room was absolutely full of people. These two people from London asked Alan if I was a professional singer and he said "No" and they said "Well, she should be doing this professionally." A few more years went by and my family grew up and then, probably about eight years ago, we started to go to Tenerife. There was this guy from Norfolk who ran a bar there and I got up doing a bit of karaoke. I did my own slant on it and he also said I should be doing it professionally. So, when I came home I thought "I'll have a go at this." And I remember going on stage the first time, 'cos it's one thing doing a karaoke but it's another holding a whole night. My feet were stuck to the floor and I was thinking "Oh my God!" But eventually I got over that. I think dad's memory helps me and gives me this edge. But even now, after doing this for some years, and my dad's been gone since I was five, the oldies still sometimes come and say "I remember your dad, he'd got a super voice." 

Digger: What a lovely thing to carry around with you.

 

 


 
Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show

Lynsey with pipers


 

 

Typical song list:

  • Hello Dolly

  • White Cliffs Of Dover (Vera Lynn)

  • Love Letters

  • Moonlight Bay

  • Lay Down Your Arms

  • Berkeley Square

  • Bill Bailey

  • As Time Goes By

  • Side By Side

  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart

  • Iím Forever Blowing Bubbles

  • Around The World

  • Lambeth Walk

  • Falling In Love Again

  • Smile

  • Someone to Watch over Me

  • Second Hand Rose

  • Donít Bring Lulu

  • Swinging On A Star

  • You Are My Sunshine

  • Slow Boat to China

  • You Made Me Love You

  • Wish Me Luck as You Wave Goodbye

  • April Showers

  • Bless Em All

  • Kiss Me Goodnight Sgt Major

  • This Is the Army Mr Jones

  • Hand out Your Washing on the Seigfried Line

  • Sailor

  • How Much Is That Doggie In The Window

  • You Made Me Love You

  • Autumn Leaves

  • Bye Bye Blackbird

  • Weíll Meet Again

 

 

Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show


Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show

Lynsey Leigh-Davies






Lynsey Leigh-Davies and her forties/wartime show March 2010.


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