I am a self-confessed nostalgia freak. My family is under strike orders to stop me if I try to tell a story that I have already told about the past, my past, anyone’s past! The time period that captures me the most is the 20’s and 30’s. I don’t know what it is about that time. A lighthearted oasis between two great wars perhaps. I love the fashions, the literature, the famous characters of the period and above all the music. That is why I am looking forward to this week’s concert. Miss Maybell and Slimpickin’s will transport us back in time. Numbers like, It Don’t Mean a Thing composed by Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael ‘s  (No relation) Old Man Moon, conjure memories of Cary Grant movies and a time when romance was actually romantic. I know I am not alone in my passion for this music. Duke Ellington’s 1943 video playing Old Man Moon has nearly 7 million views on YouTube. And the good thing about our times? No Prohibition so you can enjoy the concert while sipping on your beer or glass of wine. Some Things change for the better.

 


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    Linda Carmichael

    Born under the shadows of the great shipyards of Clydeside in Glasgow, into a working class family (her papa was a riveter on the Queen Mary) she became an actress in her twenties, working in TV, radio, film and theater. She is well travelled and in her thirties, while juggling motherhood with her acting career she moved, as a single parent to the U.S. where she met and married her husband David, over twenty years ago. Together with David's multi talented son, Noah they created The Mill trio of businesses.

    Linda is dedicated to keeping live performance going, particularly the time honored traditions in music before the era where radio stations only play artists guaranteed to make millions of sales.

    Community is very important to Linda and she enjoys the fact that a very strong and vital community has grown from the idea that is, THE BACK ROOM. 

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