Si Cranstoun brings his love of old school sounds to Diss
PUBLISHED: 16:32 21 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:32 21 November 2018
A good record is the cure for a bad day. You might be down on your luck, up the creek or on the skids – but it’s clinically impossible to stay depressed to a good tune, says Si Cranstoun.
And there will be plenty when the retro singer brings his dynamic show Twisting The Night Away to Diss Corn Hall, featuring his powerhouse vocals and his band’s blend of doo wop, rock n’ roll and rocking rhythm & blues.
His energetic live performances and his ability to turn every show into a party have made him a favourite with aficionados of classic music and he promises a night to remember.
The distinctive tenor highs of his voice echo that of Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke and the great black American singers of old.
“When it comes to taste,” he says, “it’s ’40s, ’50s, ’60s all the way. It’s true to who I am and the rocking rhythm & blues that stirs my soul. But all the songs have a quirky slant and they all originate from my colourful mind.”
His love of the old, delivered with new energy has featured on a string of albums including Get Lively, Smokehouse Sessions, Modern Life, Dancehalls and Supperclubs and last year’s Old School.
In a monochrome world, his latest album is a spring-heeled burst of technicolour soul, scattering your worries and shaking your feet.
“I felt it was time to rip it up, have some all-out retro fun and inject a high-octane dose of energy for the vintage dancefloors,” says the London-born soul man. “I recommend you listen to it early in the morning to get yourself together – then real late at night to forget yourself!”
“I’d just love Old School to be heard by as many people as possible,” says the bandleader. “Taking this album out on the road, we’ll all be out to bring the house down…”
• Twisting The Night Away with Si Cranstoun is at Diss Corn Hall on November 24, 8pm, £18 (£17 cons), 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk