BUGLE BABES IN ANTRIM

Bugle Babes Photo: © Michael Fisher

The beautiful Bugle Babes brought some Christmas sparkle to Antrim last night with a lively rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ and other festive music included in their mainly 1940s repertoire. The tea dance in the Old Courthouse finished around 10:15pm and the trio were on the road again back to Dublin at 4am today in order to make an appearance on TV3’s Ireland:AM show at 7am (repeated on 3e at 11am).

Old Courthouse Antrim Photo: © Michael Fisher

Old Courthouse Antrim Photo: © Michael Fisher

The former courthouse building has been restored to convert it into a small theatre on the first floor. The ground floor contains a tourist information office and a convenient café. The dressing room area downstairs used to contain the cells!

Derby Browne, founder of the Bugle Babes  Photo: © Michael Fisher

Derby Browne, founder of the Bugle Babes Photo: © Michael Fisher

Derby Browne is from Dublin and founded the Bugle Babes in 2007. Much of their show is based on the songs of the Andrews Sisters, whose songs entertained the GIs during the Second World War. She can be contacted through her website.

Eileen Coyle of The Bugle Babes  Photo: © Michael Fisher

Eileen Coyle of The Bugle Babes Photo: © Michael Fisher

Soprano Eileen Coyle told me she comes from Finea in County Cavan. An area I associate with the late John Wilson TD, a former Tanaiste who was also my Latin teacher in school and who came from nearby Mullahoran. She has sung with the Lassus Scholars in Westminster Cathedral. The choral group from Dublin performs Renaissance music, very different from the sounds heard in Antrim last night!

Lou Van Laake of the Bugle Babes  Photo: © Michael Fisher

Lou Van Laake of the Bugle Babes Photo: © Michael Fisher

The third member of the ‘Babes’ is Lou Van Laake, originally from the Netherlands, who is now a well-known name on the Dublin cabaret circuit (aka Truly DiVine) and whose latest solo show is a tribute to Marlene Dietrich and was performed in Dublin recently. She says she hopes to repeat it in April.

The Bugle Babes  Photo: © Michael Fisher

The Bugle Babes Photo: © Michael Fisher

The Bugles Babes’ appearance at the tea dance was part of the 4 Corners music festival run by Antrim Borough Council and presented by MADD Music. It runs until Monday 2nd December.

Christmas sparkle with the Bugle Babes in Antrim  Photo: © Michael Fisher

Christmas sparkle with the Bugle Babes in Antrim Photo: © Michael Fisher

Eileen Coyle of the Bugle Babes  Photo: © Michael Fisher

Eileen Coyle of the Bugle Babes Photo: © Michael Fisher

 

Antrim Tea Dance  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Antrim Tea Dance Photo: © Michael Fisher

BUGLE BABES

The Bugle Babes entertaining on the RTÉ Big Music Week train Photo: RTÉ ten

The Bugle Babes entertaining on the RTÉ Big Music Week train Photo: RTÉ ten

The Bugle Babes have headed northwards for a SOLD OUT! event tonight in Antrim town. The tea dance at the Old Courthouse building in the Market Square features some of their Andrews Sisters vintage routine. My first experience of their delightful entertainment was during the RTÉ Big Music Week train journey from Dublin’s Connolly station to Carlow at the end of September.

The programme describes what patrons can look forward to:-

“As part of the 4 Corners Music Festival, the tea dance will go out for the evening in the company of the very beautiful and very talented Bugle Babes! Singing the Billboard hits from the Golden eras of Swing and Jive, the Bugle Babes are a 1940’s style close-harmony trio inspired by the Andrews Sisters and the Hollywood stars of stage and screen. Whether adorned in military costume, or soft satin dresses, the Bugle Babes style is pure Vintage from their Victory Rolls all the way down to the toes of their seamed stockings. Formed by Derby Browne in 2007, the Bugle Babes have performed all over Ireland from the National Concert Hall to the Cork Opera House and their television appearances include the Late Late Show and Ryan Tubridy. Put on your dancing shoes, add a touch of vintage glamour and join these gorgeous girls as they perform their repertoire of classic songs and contemporary pop hits with a twist all served up with lots of scintillating glamour, fun and nostalgia……”

The Bugle Babes in vintage mode Photo: © Michael Fisher

Eileen, Derby & Lou: The Bugle Babes in vintage mode in Carlow Photo: © Michael Fisher

Eileen Coyle from Co. Cavan began singing at an early age and studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She has been a member of several choirs including the Maynooth Choral Society, the Limerick Choral Union, and the Lassus Scholars. As a core member of the Lassus Scholars Eileen performs regularly all over Ireland, also travelling to Europe, and deputising for the Westminster Cathedral Choir in London. Her favourite composers include William Byrd and Orlando de Lassus. As a member of the jazz harmony group The Bugle Babes, Eileen has enjoyed much success, featuring on The Late Late Show, TV3’s Ireland AM, and on Sean Moncrieff’s show on Newstalk 106.

Truly DiVine (Lou) has been singing her heart away since she discovered her voice at age 13. In her teens, this Dutch lady covered tunes from the musicals and the latest hits in pop and rock. She moved into the world of jazz and blues when she arrived in Dublin in 2004. She played gigs with a variety of musicians for five years and since 2009 has broadened her world to include the burlesque and cabaret scene. She is part of the Bugle Babes, a 40s- style harmony group based on the Andrew Sisters; she regularly performs with rockabilly band The Pavement Kings; her latest show is a Marlene Dietrich tribute, ‘Dietrich’s Angels’.

When not performing with the Bugle Babes, Derby Browne specialises in French café music: the life of Edith Piaf (Pigalle), Jacques Brel, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour and the style of guinguette and bal-musette. 

The Bugle Babes in Carlow  Photo: © Michael Fisher

The Bugle Babes in Carlow Photo: © Michael Fisher