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Stars on 78 play bygone sounds

PUBLISHED: 17:54 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:39 29 October 2010

Simon Parkin

Superstar DJs spinning at an altogether different speed and era. The Shellac Collective is a like-minded group who are passionate about shellac 78 records - ask your grandmother (or great grandmother).

Further listening: DJ 78rpm
Further listening: The Shellac Collective

Simon Parkin

Superstar DJs spinning at an altogether different speed and era. The Shellac Collective is a like-minded group who are passionate about 78s - ask your grandmother (or great grandmother).

Fresh from rocking the Come Dancing tent at Camp Bestival, as heard on their BBC Radio One special, theirs is the oldest of old skool beats.

And it may come as a surprise to today's young clubbers but their grannies generation loved to party too and plenty of long forgotten great music from bygone times will get an airing here. So expect everything from jump and swing and R&B to rock'n'roll, shimmy, lindy hop and jive.

And delving even further into their collection of some 100,000 78s, sounds from decadence from the 1920's Jazz age, the pure glamour of the 30's dance band era and the nostalgia of the war years.

Last time they visited the Arts Centre they had the place rocking, and they're guaranteed to lift your hearts, tap your feet and get you dancing.

Among those at the gramophone will be Dave Gutteridge, also known as DJ 78rpm, who has been enchanting crowds of all ages with music from the first half of the 20th century for several years armed with only two 1930s antique wind up gramophones and a box full of shellac records.

“My wife and I bought a gramophone 14 years ago and I began to collect 78s,” said Gutteridge, who lives in Norwich. “I then had the idea to get another gramophone so I could make the music continuous and it all started from there.

“I play everything from 1920s jazz to 1950s rock and roll and rockabilly, taking in the classic dance and swing bands of the 30s and crooners of the 40s along the way.

“These records are not vinyl but shellac and they are very brittle so I have to be very careful. I have got some very rare stuff but I prefer not to know how much it costs so it does not put me off playing it.”

Also dusting off his shellac collection will be Norwich institution Kingston Daddy and mystery DJ Banks, and there will be live musical interludes from Miss Cookie The Cutter, a phenomenal barrel house piano player and blues shouter, like Bessie Smith on Red Bull, and soulful blues pianist James Goodwin, who will be launching his debut CD album Blue-eyed Devil.

t Shellac Collective's 78rpm Special, Norwich Arts Centre, Saturday, August 30, £6/£5 cons, 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

Further listening: DJ 78rpm
Further listening: The Shellac Collective

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