Q&A with Michael Reilly of the Singer Swingers for Ladies’ Lunch 2016
St Margaret of Scotland Hospice Ladies’ Lunch
When: Sunday, 22 May 2016 at 12.30pm
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Tickets: https://smh.charitycheckout.co.uk/ladies-lunch or 0141 435 7018
The Ladies’ Lunch is the next big event on St Margaret of Scotland Hospice’s packed events calendar.
There’s a top day of entertainment in store including a champagne reception, pop-up shops, a delicious three-course meal, a fantastic fashion show hosted by ITV’s Mark Heyes and superb musical entertainment from The Ragtime Dolls – whose harmony act will be the perfect accompaniment to the event’s Vintage theme.
But last and absolutely not least, there’s also a much-anticipated show from local band The Singer Swingers, who are becoming regular performers at the Hospice’s major events.
Their renditions of crooning classics by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and many more from the swing era – coupled with their high-energy presence on stage and among the crowd – have made them a favourite of our guests and supporters.
We took some time this week to speak to Michael Reilly from the band. The trio are made up of Michael, 25, a financial services worker from Parkhall, Kevin Scullion, 29, from Linnvale, who works for Scottish Enterprise, and Mark Long, 31, from Hardgate, who runs a theatre school.
How did the Singer Swingers come about?
Michael: We met when we were all at Clydebank Musical Society and we got together four-and-a-half years ago almost by accident. Kevin and Mark had been in rock and indie bands. Kevin’s Dad’s partner was arranging a 50th birthday party for her sister, who loves swing music. Kevin’s Dad suggested we performed at it and we had all tried some swing music at karaoke so we already knew six or seven songs we could do. My Dad came up with name, which ties in with Clydebank’s Singer factory, and it all snowballed from there.
Do you have any personal connection to the Hospice?
M: Being from Clydebank you are always aware of the work Hospice does. I don’t have any personal connection but there are probably connections in my extended family because the Hospice has reached out to so many people in the area.
What is the best thing about performing at Hospice events?
M: We always get a great reception and the events are very well organised. The people connect with us and the American accents we put on help with the show. We are three guys from Clydebank, best pals, and people buy into that. They are there to support a local Charity and they connect with us – they are a really good crowd and enjoy what we are doing. At the Ladies’ Lunch they have a really good day out!
Do you have any surprises in store for guests this time around?
M: Last time (at the Annual Ball 2015) we did a surprise waiter routine and started singing from among the audience so we can’t do that this time – we would get recognised. But we will make sure we get everyone on their feet – they’ll have had Prosecco and there will be a party atmosphere and we’ll make sure everyone is enjoying themselves!
St Margaret of Scotland Ladies’ Lunch takes place at 12.30pm on Sunday, 22 May 2016 at The Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.
Tickets are available at https://smh.charitycheckout.co.uk/ladies-lunch
For tickets or further information, you can also call the Hospice Fundraising Department on 0141 435 7018.