Last Monday (19th December), following on from last week’s festive entertainments by both Mrs H and the Singalong Band and The Daisy Bowlers, Millman Street Community Centre members were once again treated to a musical Christmas party, this time provided by the Sugar Sisters, a trio who play everything from 1940s swing to 1990s R&B and calypso.
The Sugar Sisters love close harmonies, ukelele, red lipstick and, judging by the look of ’em, by more than a passing familiarity with the glamorous fashions of yesteryear. They have appeared on the late Terry Wogan‘s Radio 2 show, BBC 1’s The One Show, The Chelsea Flower Show, and performed as the house band for the Children In Need Live Show.
“Jingle Bell Rock…”
Heather McClelland played ukelele and sang, with Stac Dowdeswell and Ruby Wood adding their own vocals. They tore through a breathtaking 20-song set, also finding time to banter with our members, who were easily persuaded to sing along.
Among the tunes performed were several festive numbers, including Don’t Sit Under The Christmas Tree, Santa Baby, White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bell Rock, Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow and Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas. Other numbers included Paper Moon, Que Sera, Sera, Don’t Fence Me In, Let’s Fall In Love, Everybody Wants To Be A Cat, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, That’s Amore, Bei Mir Bist Du Schone, an a capella rendition of I’ll Be Home For Christmas and Every Time We Say Goodbye.
They also performed their self-penned Christmas song My Guy Santa, and acting out the lyrics (which were, said Ivy, “Naughty but nice!”), to general laughter and great applause. Our members thoroughly enjoyed The Sugar Sisters, singing and clapping along throughout. Check out the slideshow:
As ever, this reporter’s appalling photography, tin-eared listening ability and lamentable reviewing skills cannot do justice to The Sugar Sisters‘ performance. Fortunately, our members again helped the hapless fool out, enthusing about the gig:
“It was great,” said Ivy. “They’re always laughing and jolly. It’s a lovely thing,” she added. “They mix really well and came round to each individual person [after the concert]. Delightful!”
Edna thought it was “Very good; excellent!”
The Sugar Sisters, “Sounded quite good,” according to George. “I would have liked to see more instruments,” he added.
Queenie thought the gig was, “Lovely! Gorgeous! It was wonderful. We know all the songs; they knew what we needed! I thoroughly enjoyed it; enjoyed everything today!”
Rose also enjoyed herself, as did Bettina, who enjoyed singing and clapping along.
“I very much enjoyed it,” Steve said, adding that, “They were very professional, very innovative. And it went down a storm!”
“It was lovely,” said Siwela. “I was laughing and clapping along. I enjoyed listening to the music.”
Pilar also, “Enjoyed the band. I liked it very well. It was a shame that not more people came along today!”
Mulegetta enjoyed The Sugar Sisters and had a sing-a-long. “I enjoyed everything,” he said.
“They took my breath away,” said Volunteer Mandy. “I was mesmerised by them! They should be free on the National Health!”
The Sugar Sisters were quick to scotch any rumours [before any could be started here] that they were in any way connected with either The Sugababes or Alan Sugar. And so Lord Sir Alan’s musical talents remains un-showcased, at least at Millman Street Centre [“You’re fired” – HCA Bosses].
Holborn Community Association would like to thank The Sugar Sisters for performing for our members at Millman Street Centre. We hope that they will come and entertain us again in 2017.
Contact The Sugar Sisters at:
Badly-taken photos and report by Notes Smudger