Review: The Swing Commanders, The Cellars, Eastney

Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes at The Wedgewood Rooms, March 29, 2017. Picture by Paul Windsor

REVIEW: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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It’s been a while since The Swing Commanders swung by Portsmouth - and this was a welcome return.

The talented Lancashire outfit stopped by at The Cellars en route to ‘an overseas tour’ (a.k.a. a weekend engagement on the Isle of Wight) and gave a barnstorming show to an appreciative audience.

The five-strong group’s reportoire is eclectic, ranging from Western through ragtime to swing, with a couple of other genres thrown in for good measure.

This gig showcased a number of their cowboy and Western swing numbers - more rodeo than rocking perhaps.

Not that they don’t know how to get the house jumping. Along with the ballads came In The Mood, Can’t Buy Me Love and a show-ending blast of The Alabama Jubilee.

That had the audience moving - and full marks too to the band’s own athleticism as they swapped instruments and places on The Cellars’ compact stage

All in all, another commanding performance. Let’s hope they swing by again soon.

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