The Charleston Chappies
Charleston Chappies! Playing popular hits from roaring 20s.
Enjoy this visit to an era of wonderful nonsense, quirky original music and cheerful entertainment. Lets misbehave!
Kidnapped by aliens from the Savoy ballroom in 1929 the Charleston Chappies reappeared on the streets of Manchester in 2007 having aged not one jot… and still playing their infectious and quirky 1920s hits.
*Love them or laugh at them, you'll have to dance to them*
The Charleston Chappies
Charleston Chappies! Playing popular hits from roaring 20’s. Enjoy this visit to an era of wonderful nonsense, quirky original music and cheerful entertainment. Let’s misbehave! Kidnapped by aliens from the Savoy ballroom in 1929 the Charleston Chappies reappeared on the streets of Manchester in 2007 having aged not one jot… and still playing their infectious and quirky 1920's hits. Love them or laugh at them, you'll have to dance to them!
Their affectionate 1920's pastiche delights and delects its way through an era of prohibition, speakeasies and mob violence, when the jitterbug was scandalous, flappers bobbed their hair and raised their skirts and a damn good time was to be had by the reckless and young at heart. Strike up the band! Everything is hotsy totsy now!
The Charleston Chappies are Oscar (singer and trumpet), Chester (drums), Lord Wetherall of Chorlton (piano), Burley (double bass), and Milton (sax and clarinet).
The Charleston Chappies performance is a delightful pastiche of 20’s and 30’s music, in character and in costume. Oscar and the boys play upbeat, high energy songs and the odd heartfelt ballad, with a decidedly humorous spin and a driving mixture of American and British influences reflecting the unique spirit of the 20’s.
The Charleston Chappies inspiration is the music of phonographs, Broadway shows and vaudeville by Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, Gershwin , Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, performed and made famous by Al Jolson, Al Bowly, Bing Crosby, Ambrose, Paul Whiteman and the many hotel ballroom orchestras of the times.
- 5 piece - male vocal, trumpet, drums, piano, double bass, sax, clarinet
- The Charleston
- Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
- Baby Face
- Button Up Your Overcoat
- Anything Goes
- I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Me)
- The Varsity Drag
- Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful
- If You Knew Susie
- Blue Room
- A Fine Romance
- Sweet Georgia Brown
- I Cant Give You Anything But Love
- Alexanders Ragtime Band
- Crazy Rhythm
- Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
- Steppin’ Out With My Baby
- Puttin’ On The Ritz
- The Broken Record
- It Had To Be You
- Singing In The Rain
- My Melancholy Baby
- Blue Moon
- My Heart Stood Still
- It All Depends On You
- Everybody Loves My Baby
And Many More...
Amazing, talented bunch of chaps. They made my party a success and everybody loved them. I'm only cross because I got pulled away to meet people and missed a lot of their second performance! Thank you Charleston Chappies - you really did make my night.
We have had such rave reviews from everybody that attended our Civil Partnership. The guys preformed on the lawn against the backdrop of the Sandstone Hall, the sun was shining while Martini cocktails were served it was just perfect. Whilst we had dinner the band then changed into their second outfit and performed in a way that provided entertainment visually but also for people to dance too, just perfect. Many thanks.
Hi Jennie, a great gold star evening exactly what we were expecting and what we wanted. Simon and his team were excellent capturing the mood and ambiance of the party exactly. The feedback we have had on Facebook from the 100 or so guests has been terrific, I cannot compliment them highly enough. Richard Evans
The Charleston Chappies were simply brilliant. They were very versatile and although they played all the 1920's classics they also played a great mix of music during the evening, keeping everyone on the dance floor until midnight. Before the event they sent me a recording of our wedding dance to practice with and communications all the way through were excellent. I would certainly recommend them.
We could not have been more pleased with the Charleston Chappies. Our occasion was a 'tea dance' with music from the 20s-40s. The boys fit the bill in every way, clothing, manner, music and professional conduct. Impromptu requests were taken on board, all opportunities to interact with the audience were taken, including dancing. Very impressive and I couldn't have asked for better on our day. Excellent value for money and highly recommended.
The musicians who play in Charleston Chappies have had years of entertaining fabulously as The OB Allstars, before donning spats, tails, top hats and white ties for this lively venture.
Previous clients of the OB Allstars include: Phil Neville, HRH Prince Edward, The Bankfield Jarvis Hotel, The Duke of Westminster, Mere Golf and Country Club, The Alderly Edge Hotel,The Portland Thistle Hotel, Adlington Hall Hunting Lodge, Canon UK Ltd., Waterside Hotel, The Dorchester Hotel, Mottram Hall Hotel, Wincham Hall, W. H. Smiths Ltd., Anderson Consulting, The Royal Mail, Marakon Associates, Boots The Chemists, Magnus Ltd., Swinton Insurance Ltd., Bellway Homes Ltd., Rockware Glass, CST Lynxserv Ltd., Granada Studio Tours, Granada T.V., Arthur Royle Ltd., Leeds Metropolitan University, Drive Time Ltd., Saddleworth Parish Council, M.E.I. Design Ltd., Packaging Automation Ltd., Eurotec Services, The David Lewis Organisation, Liverpool Law Society, Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle, Baldwin's Omega, Brian Robson, Susie Mathis, Frank 'Fou Fou' Lammar, Warners, Tescos, Asda, AFAS, Pizza Express...
Some of the venues the band have appeared at include: Salters Hall, The Dorchester Hotel, The Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane, Woburn Abbey, Temple Island, Soughton Hall, Arley Hall, Mottram Hall, Adlington Hall Hunting Lodge, Shrigley Hall, Leighton Hall, Rookery Hall, Crewe Hall, Capesthorne Hall, Baldwins Omega, Mere Golf and Country Club, Goldstone Hall, Grafton Manor, The Alderley Edge Hotel, Belle Epoque Knutsford, Botanical Gardens Birmingham, Langdale Chase Hotel, The Bridge Inn...
The Charleston Chappies are able to perform as either a 4 or a 5 piece line up. The 4 piece consists of Vocal, Flugel, Piano, Double Bass and Drums, and the 5 piece adds an additional Sax/ Clarinet. The band is also able to play background music in between sets.
Please note, the band utilises a top of the range Bose L1 model 2 PA System. This is the new generation of live sound equipment and provides clarity without uncomfortable volume! Fabulous sound quality for up to 400 people, space saving, elegant and quick to set up.
Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.