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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus as you’ve never heard it
Jimmy Boyd wrote I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus in 1952 - it's unlikely he'd ever imagine hearing a version of it in 2017 quite like that performed by WA's premier soul band The Milford Street Shakers.
Covered many times over the years by people like the Ronettes, Andy Williams, the Beverley Sisters, John Mellencamp, Tiny Tim, Jessica Simpson and Amy Winehouse, none of those versions are anything like the version The Milford Street Shakers will perform at a Christmas celebration at the newly opened Sewing Room in Perth.
The song is one of a number of Christmas hits that will experience The Milford Street Shakers soul-style approach. The nine-piece band looks good and sounds great and with its rhythm and blues approach that will be livening up Christmas in their own inimitable style from 8pm to 11pm at The Sewing Room on Friday 22nd December for the Milford Street Shakers Party Extravaganza.
As well as some Christmas tunes the band will incorporate many of its 1960s favourites into the dance party to get the audience moving. DJ Mister-Kicks, Gavin Needham, will also be bringing his rare and original vinyl of upbeat, infectious 1960s dance music, made for the dance floor to the party.
DJ Mister-Kicks, Gavin Needham, will be helping out The Milford Street Shakers. Picture supplied.
Band leader Dom D'Leno said the Milford Street Shakers versions of some of the Christmas carols we all know and love would be a little more upbeat than we are used to hearing. "Imagine White Christmas with a full-blown horn section behind it and you get the idea," Dom said.
The appearance of the band at The Sewing Room would be the first of several regular appearances planned for the venue in 2018.
"We're hoping to bring something a little different to our performances with our smart Sixties style dress and big-band sound. There's certainly nothing like us in WA," Dom said.
The Sewing Room is in the basement of one of Perth's most beautiful old buildings at 317 Murray Street. The building in Wolf Lane was built in 1910 and the basement was once a sewing room for one of Perth's leading fashion houses.
Launched in October, with a rare nightclub license it will open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 8pm to 5am and will also be available for touring acts, functions and events on all other nights.
The Sewing Room has been purpose built as a live music venue with all new equipment including a state-of-the-art sound system, flexible staging and the latest mixing and lighting equipment.
It has been a stellar rise for The Milford Street Shakers in the last 12 months with the band performing all over WA, from the Pilbara in the north, to Margaret River in the south.
Dom said the band's toe-tapping 60s Soul and Motown style of music was popular with people of all ages
With singer Lee Morunga on lead vocals who spent 10 years touring the world with Disney's The Lion King, James Vinciullo on bass, Dominic D'Leno on drums, Imogen Thomson on percussion, Kallan Phillips on guitar, Austin Salisbury on keys, Robert Bresland on trumpet, Glyn MacDonald on trombone and Mark Sprogowski on baritone sax The Milford Street Shakers produces a big sound.
The band enjoys itself on stage and the audience doesn't hesitate to get involved.