Andy Abraham in Croydon

Fairfield Halls to host former bin man's History of the Big Band

Fairfield Halls to host former bin man's History of the Big Band

First published in Music Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant Editor

Former binman Andy Abraham has certainly done the rounds - from X-Factor to Eurovision, and is now preparing his own stage show telling the history of the Big Band.

Launched into the limelight when he finished runner-up in The X-Factor in 2005, Abraham has not sat on his laurels but instead has gone on to represent Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest, record four studio albums and even begin a career in theatre.

At the close of last year the 47-year-old surrounded himself with some of the country’s leading female singers in Respect the Diva at The Garrick Theatre a three week stint that gave him a taste for the big stage.

He says: "It took me out of my comfort zone, but I don’t think you are a true performer if you are not taking on the challenge. Respect the Diva was fantastic, we got such a good response and it really gave me a thirst for doing something like this."

Supported by a 13-piece band including some of the leading players in the country, Abraham will give a narrative account of the emergence of Big Band and its enduring influence today.

He says: "I think people tend to forget just how great music from the era really was. With the emergence of people like Michael Buble the genre is getting a much needed revival."

Featuring songs from artists such as Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie the show takes all the hits from a golden era of music.

Beginning the tour next month, Abraham is also releasing his latest album Remember When, a selection of songs personal to the performer telling the story of his life.

The album will be released on March 5 with an accompanying book explaining the decisions and giving details about the artist.

Andy Abraham’s History of The Big Bands, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, March 23 7.30pm

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