Swinging summer

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Members of the popular Calderdale band Sundown Swing are looking forward to a packed concert season, culminating in their first tour to participate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
 The 12-piece band was formed three years ago and is made up of amateur musicians from all over the area who enjoy performing swing music together. They perform a wide selection of well-known swing classics, many made famous by Glenn Miller and Count Basie in the 1940s and some revived recently by Robbie Williams and Michael Buble.
The band is about to give three charity concerts in the Huddersfield area before travelling to Edinburgh to give three concerts there.

Band co-ordinator Barbara Burnby, of Brighouse, said: “The band has had a very busy year so far, having already performed at four public concerts and one private function.”

Sundown Swing will play at Huddersfield Open Market on June 22, at Monkeyfest at Armitage Bridge on June 28 and at St Phillip’s Church, Birchencliffe, on July 6, as the Tour de France Grand Depart goes past.

Barbara’s husband and daughter are also in the band and many members come from the Brighouse area.

Musical director Neil Jowett said: “The music is infectious and audiences appear to connect so easily with this style. We try new things all the time and it’s so exciting.”