It’s that Fringe Forties time warp again as The Three Belles and The Bevin Boys parachute into The Edinburgh Festival for another year and treat us to some timeless swing classics.
The Three Belles are Betty, Gail and Dorothy and in their matching green frocks and permanent wave hairstyles they took us through some classic numbers that were mostly sung at some point by The Andrews Sisters, plus some other material.
The Three Belles do this period style well, and have the sound and the look and mannerisms pretty much spot on. What separates them from many other “retro” vocal groups is that they have given each other very distinct on stage personas and these play out well throughout the show.
Opening with “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With anyone else but me) the period style numbers continued with classics such as “In The Mood”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “We’ll Meet Again” and a great version of “My Baby Just Cares For Me” - the latter one made famous of course by Nina Simone who included it on her first album. It was nice also to hear an original song from them – “Belles Are Swingin” This is a great little period style song and writing one without bringing in later musical references is always very difficult.
Let’s not forget The Bevin Boys who opened the show and backed The Three Belles throughout their set. These are one of the busiest swing bands on the circuit and are a perfect balance to the girls. Lots of Ray Anthony and Louis Prima influences in their musical style – which I like a lot.
The only downside to this show is that the show was only on for one performance. The Three Belles are however in another show with The Jive Aces.
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