A FOOTSTOMPING feast of ragtime, swing and folk music is on offer at a Bangor cafe.

Described as “fun, classy and quirky,” the Washboard Resonators are on at the Blue Sky, on Bangor High Street. The duo from Leeds, play foot-tapping blues, vaudeville, ragtime, hokum, skiffle, swing and folk, as it was in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Formed in 2014, Jack Amblin (on vocals and washboard) and Martyn Roper (vocals and resonator guitar, banjo) started out busking while playing together in blues trio Leeds City Stompers.

On stage, a varied and entertaining show with upbeat songs, harmonies, tap dancing and an array of old instruments, including; washboard, resonator guitars, banjo, ukulele, snare drum, suitcase bass drum, spoons and our very own invention - the kazoosaphone can be expected. The duo’s material comprises of both original and carefully arranged traditional numbers by their favourite artists.

These artists include; Blind Boy Fuller, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Robert Johnson, Lonnie Donnegan, Tampa Red and The Washboard Rhythm Kings.

The Washboard Resonators have performed all over the UK and and the festival circuit.

They have played at the Great British R&B Festival and Upton Jazz Festival as well as completing tours of the whole of the UK every spring and winter. In one show they welcomed the world’s most famous steam locomotive, The Flying Scotsman at The National Railway Museum.

They have also travelled through the USA from New Orleans to Chicago.

Tickets for the show are £10. Available from the Blue Sky Cafe directly in person, online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/465598 (10% admin fee applies) or on the door on the night.

The doors open 7pm Gig starts 8pm. Bar only. Note food will be served.