Cloud 1940's offers an evening of LIVE Vintage entertainment performing music from the war years, swing, smooth jazz and nostalgic classic dance hits from the 1940's era with a hint of early 50's and late 30's too.
Mandy & Des Frater have worked together for many years - Mandy on vocals & guitar and Des on Keys. They have played in prestigious venues all over the country.
Music for dancing, music for listening, music to sing along to and background music. We can also teach your guests a dance or two and get the whole crowd singing in 2 part harmony.
Cloud 1940's is the perfect entertainment for evenings or afternoons and will get your Vintage Wedding, Event or Themed Party for any occasion ... Going with a SWING!
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Mandy Frater has been singing professionally since she was 16 years old. Her Father was a jazz musician/ band leader so she was brought up on the music of this era. Although she has sung in many different bands and many different genres, this era is her speciality!
Just listen to the samples below. Mandy is also a
vocal teacher and contemporary choir leader and she believes that singing is something that is good for mind, body and soul.
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Cloud 1940's has the sound of a full 6 piece Swing/Jazz band, but without the massive cost to you.
Des has re-created these full & wide breathtaking sounds over the years by using high end workstation Roland Keyboards.
He can give you amazing full big band sounds that will get you jiving, bopping or quickstepping, right down to the gentle sweet tones of a golden classic ballad. The authentic tones of Sax and Trumpets with the nuances of the era that will have you smooching or Waltzing or Foxtrotting (or just listening) but all played with a feeling of passion, light & shade..
WE PLAY LIVE.....NO KARAOKE
TRACKS & NO MIDI FILES!!
Mandy & Des met when they worked together as Musicians in their 20’s Mandy sang and performed from the age of 3 years and started playing guitar aged 10. She turned professional at the age of 19 and worked with a number of bands as lead vocalist.
Des began playing keyboard and guitar in his teens and set up a studio in his loft where he began writing and recording his own songs. He was in a number of bands until he teamed up with Mandy and they worked as a duo in many London restaurants & Wine bars.
After settling down together in Oxfordshire they formed the successful band Cloud 9 and played for weddings and parties in prestigious venues all around the area
(Blenheim, Waddesdon, Randolph, Hilton Hotel Chain, Four Pillars Hotel Chain, Sulgrave Manor, Whittlebury Hall,Thames river boat Cruises) to name a few.
“We've had so many complimentary comments (including 'the best evening ever!') following our 1940s event at Chesterton Community Centre when Mandy and Des Frater, performing as Cloud 1940s, treated us to an evening of nostalgia. Dressed in 1940s style, they effortlessly re-created the atmosphere of that era with a well-chosen selection of memorable songs, for which Mandy's velvet voice and Des's masterful recreation of a big band sound to accompany her were perfect. It wasn't long before people took to the dance floor and in the second set we had great fun attempting the Valeta and the Gay Gordons under instruction from Mandy. Those who were lucky enough to attend the event will remember it for a long time to come, and we would have no hesitation in recommending Cloud 1940s.”
"We enjoyed a wonderful evening filled with live 1940's music provided for us by Mandy & Des of Cloud 1940's. The spirit of the era was further embraced by the audience wearing 1940's attire and eating a 1940's style supper. Many of us enjoyed being taught to dance the Lambeth Walk and singing along to classic British Anthems like Land of Hope and Glory and We'll meet again.
All this and we managed to raise approx £1500 to help us continue to provide an education and hope for the children and young people in the Care and Compassion Home in India."