The Overtones performing their Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas Tour at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Thursday 22nd December 2016

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

You know that Christmas has well and truly arrived when The Overtones come back to town, and last night was no exception when many in a packed Royal Concert Hall donned their Christmas jumpers in anticipation of an early Christmas party.

Nothing quite says Christmas like four handsome crooners swinging into town to deliver festive big band classics, a little bit of doo-wop and a dollop of Motown. With Timmy Matley’s absence conspicuous as he continues to recover from skin cancer, the rest of the group entertained this crowd with real gusto.

Their sharp slick choreography and their willingness to have a laugh with the audience made for a real party atmosphere, and whether performing in front of 250,000 people at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or the recent Festival Of Remembrance, these boys have established themselves as an act with the ability to deliver consistently uplifting music infused with exquisite vocal harmonies

Beginning the evening with a walk through the crowd singing a delightful Winter Wonderland, they had the crowd on their feet immediately. Bringing their blend of cheekiness and charm to all of the fans favourites and putting a big band spin on modern songs, they could do no wrong.

Celebrating the most wonderful time of the year with a stocking rammed full of Christmas crackers, they delivered a wonderful White Christmas, an upbeat Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and a beautiful version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. New songs such as This Christmas and Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas were very well received before the evening was brought to a close with a subliminal Driving Home For Christmas.

If this audience were not filled with Christmas spirit and ready to hang up their stockings after this performance, then they were definitely bah humbug. But there was no evidence of that last night as Christmas cheer was bountiful.