From mellow blues to hard swing

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Preview: Chris Hutchinson, Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill, Rye. Saturday, August 25, 7.30pm. £8.50.

THE ever popular local songsmith Chris Hutchinson will be appearing at The Rye Community Centre on Saturday August 25th at 7.30pm as part of The Rye Bay Jazz Festival.

Chris aka The Mellow d’ Man will bring his world of song and memories including a tribute to his father the late great Hutch the ‘maestro of nostalgia.’

His warm voice and easy manner make him an engaging performer, with a heady mix of classic songs from mellow blues and hard swing to the emotionally charged.

Chris promises an intimate evening of great songs also featuring The Roy Hilton Trio.

As well as well-known ( and lesser-known) standards Chris has recently added newly-written numbers to his repertoire.

Chris’ latest CD is titled Easy Going Me and contains the top ten from his live gigs, plus three new songs: Easy Going Me, What Goes Around Comes Around, and Along Came You (“the May Day song”).

Chris has also revived Madonna Mine, a song once performed by Al Bowlly, in an exciting new arrangement which features violinist Chris Haigh.

For information visit www.ryebayfestivals.com.