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Music Friday 4 November, 2022 8:00pm

Jazz in the Theatre: The Shing a Lings

TICKETS: Adult: £12, Concession: £12, Student: £5


Formed in Bristol in 2019 to bring the lost world of Boogaloo to the UK, the Shing a Lings have taken the South West by storm, rapidly filling their calendar and delighting crowds across the region with their funky Latin American sounds and exuberance. Comprising a cast of six who between them share vocals and play flute, saxophone, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drums and percussion, they punch well above their weight.

Drew Salida on lead vocals, flute and guitar, started his musical journey busking five days a week on the London Underground.He spent thirteen years as singer and guitarist of flamenco group Los Desterrados, performing across the UK and Europe. Musical director, multi instrumentalist and whistle enthusiast Benny ‘The Reed’ Mortimer brings together his love of funk, blues, jazz and Latin sounds in this project. An experienced arranger, producer and songwriter he has toured the UK and Europe with various projects across the past twenty years. Rog Sansom on trombone, vocals and percussion, studied music in London, and then extensively toured Europe playing in various musical productions. He is a member of The Mike Hoddinott Blues Allstars and vintage ska band the Traps, and has recently joined The Shingalings.

Originally from Chicago (the ‘Windy City’), pianist Charlie Williams came up as a classical player, winning the prize for new music performance at the International Shostakovich Piano Competition. Tiring of that world, he played in various bands including showcase feature slots at SXSW and CMJ festivals before moving to the UK in 2009. Playing in the Shing a Lings’ rhythm section is a welcome change from his normal mad-scientist career performing under the name Larkhall, including algorithmic live visuals that respond in real time as he plays.

Alex Pearson on bass spends a lot of time playing klezmer, folk and jazz music anywhere from cosy pubs to large festival stages. Drummer John Furlong has played in and around the Bristol music scene for many years-he’s always had a yearning to play Latin Rhythms but despaired of meeting like minded musicians until the Shing a Lings came along.

Boogaloo is a style of music emanating from New York in the 1960s. It mixes Latin dance rhythms, such as mambo, cha cha and son montuno, with doo-wop and soul. Mongo Santamaria’s version of Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” was the first big hit of the genre, followed by Ray Barretto’s “El Watusi” and “Got Myself a Good Man” by Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers. Shing a Ling is another term for this style of music and also for the freestyle dance associated with it.


Dates & Tickets

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Friday 4 November, 2022 8:00pm Buy Tickets
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Dinner & show offer

Enjoy an evening at Bridport Art Centre’s Pantry Restaurant.

*A pre Show Supper is available with this event* 

The menus will be published alongside the event two weeks before the show. Vegetarian options available.

There will be an option to add your supper to your cart when you book the event. 

£14.95 two course /£17.95 three course 


“Combining new arrangements of boogaloo classics with their original tunes, the Shing a Lings bring the party— all you have to do is enjoy it.”

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