From Busking to the Big Time
From his early days on the streets of London, to becoming a regular attraction at major Swing and Blues Festivals in the UK and Europe, Si Cranstoun has established himself as King of The Vintage Scene.
As the London-born son of a ska music promoter, Si’s formative years were spent busking with his brother in The Dualers. “It’ll always hold a magic for me,” he remembers. “But the not-so-great things were bad weather, competition, the drunks…”. Si spent 20 years as a street busker (Tony Blair once gave him 30p) until he finally landed a breakthrough deal with music giants Warner in 2013.
Si’s distinctive tenor highs echo that of Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke and other American singers of that era; he has enjoyed Radio 2 playlist status and rave endorsements from influential DJs like Terry Wogan and Chris Evans (“Wow! How good is Si Cranstoun?”).
Si’s powerhouse vocals complement his six-piece band’s blend of Doo Wop, Rock n’ Roll and the early sounds of Soul. His show, Twisting The Night Away is a highly charged toe-tapping journey, driven by retro dance rhythms and spearheaded by Si’s ability to write songs that could have been hits in the fifties. He explains, “When it comes to taste, it’s 1940s, ’50s, ’60s all the way” he says, “the rocking rhythm ‘n’ blues stirs my soul. But all the songs have a quirky slant and they all originate from my colourful mind.”
With his irrepressible showmanship and energetic live performances, Si feels “it’s time to rip it up, have some all-out retro fun and inject a high-octane dose of energy to dancefloors.”
Si Cranstoun is Twisting The Night Away at The Apex on Sunday 16 June at 7.30pm, see www.theapex.co.uk or ring 01284 758000 for more information or to book tickets.