A Shaftesbury hairdresser will swap trimming fringes for a Fringe performance when she sings in the salon where she works.
Joni Clowrey has formed the group Belle Street with Susan Grant from Shaftesbury and Charlie Greenwood from Tisbury. The trio will sing a selection of songs from the shows in a Saturday evening performance at Sloane’s Bespoke Hair.
“We’ve put together our own twist on some of our favourites from the musicals. We’re performing a mix of classic and contemporary songs from a range of genres, with close harmonies,” Joni says.
The women have been singing together for a year, since they took to the stage for a cabaret performance at Shaftesbury Arts Centre.
Whilst barbershop quartets have been popular for decades, sassy show tune singing in a salon is something new for Shaftesbury Fringe and could be a UK first!
Sloane’s manager Louise Crowley agreed immediately to Joni’s request to use the business as a venue. “Fringe is a real community event. Our salon is a wonderful, stylish space with great lighting. It’s perfect and I said yes straight away,” Louise adds.
The gig will be ‘standing room only’ and the available spaces are expected to be taken quickly on the night. “Many of my clients will be coming along. I can’t wait,” Joni says.
Belle Street will perform at Sloane’s Bespoke Hair on The Commons, Shaftesbury as part of Shaftesbury Fringe at 7.30pm on Saturday 1st July. Admission is free.