Meet Miss Holiday Swing, Ashford’s very own born-and-bred Lindy Hopping superstar!
As her iconic victory rolls and sunny on-stage presence continues to capture the hearts of us vintage-loving locals, Loveashford snapped up the chance to meet the lovely Holly Chambers, hoping to get the inside-scoop on her flawless style and musical inspirations.
How long have you lived in Ashford, Holly?
I have lived in Ashford my whole life, leaving only to study Musical Theatre in Brighton and London. I’ve always felt a special draw to Ashford, it will always be my home and the place where I grew up, I just know it so well.
How did Miss Holiday Swing come to be?
Performing on stage has been something I’ve done from an early age. Whilst still at school, I started singing as a member of 40’s war-time trio, The Clover Sisters. We stayed together until the other girls went off to University further away from home. By that point, my love for 40’s music was there to stay, that’s when I decided to stick with it as a solo act.
How did you come up with the name?
I can’t take credit for the name. A friend of mine who is a burlesque dancer (and has a knack for these things) plucked it out of thin air one day, and it just stuck! Miss Holiday Swing!
For those who don’t know, can you tell us a bit more about the genres you perform?
I cover lots of material from the 1920’s - 1960’s, but I have a particular love for the 40’s. My favourite artists include Vera Lynn and my all time favourite song would be Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Too Darn Hot.’ I love looking out into the audience and seeing people singing along to music they know and love from the past.
How did you get into working with Ashford’s Revelation St Mary’s?
I have performed with Revelation St Mary’s on a few occasion now. I first got in touch with the Arts Trust over Twitter after they put out a call for artists and performers. Since then I’ve performed at events they’ve hosted on Ashford’s bandstand and other local events within the town centre too. It can be daunting stuff getting up on that bandstand but very rewarding, as so many people seem to enjoy having music in the high street.
Where do you shop in Ashford to keep your vintage wardrobe in tip-top shape?
You’d be surprised what you can find in high street stores these days that are revivals of the eras I love to reflect. I enjoy spending time browsing the charity shops in Ashford too, there’s lots of inspiration there if you know what to look for. I have also recently discovered Made In Ashford who sell hand-made vintage style circle-skirts which I love, I’ve picked up some great hair-flowers in there too!
To find out more about Miss Holiday Swing, follow her on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to follow Loveashford to stay up to date with all the musical events happening in Ashford’s town centre throughout 2016.
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