Last Friday, Tenby and District Arts Club welcomed back Tony Jacobs and Jim Barry with another programme of popular songs from shows and films made famous by the likes of Crosby, Sinatra, Fred Astaire and many others.

Their programme was called 'The Fabulous Years' and members certainly enjoyed a fabulous evening of old favourites presented by this talented duo. Tony's excellent interpretations of the lyrics and Jim's magic on the keyboard delighted everyone. They began with one of Irving Berlin's memorable specials, 'Isn't it a lovely day!', made famous by a Fred Astaire recording, recognised as one of the best.

Tony reminded everyone that the film 'Casablanca' contained many good tunes and he chose 'It had to be you', with improvisations by Jim warmly applauded.

Tony's virtuosity on the trumpet was demonstrated with a spirited performance of 'Tiger Rag', setting feet tapping to the lively beat.

Between items, Tony gave short anecdotes of the composer or the original singer of each piece. Among these, members were intrigued to hear how 'Bing Crosby' got his name. Then in true Crosby style, Tony sang a Bing special, 'Where the blue of the Night'. Jim was allowed to join in the 'Boo, boo, boos' at the end!

Al Jolsen's 'Swanee!' was performed in close harmony by the duo and brought enthusiastic applause from the audience. Their appreciation was further shown for a Sinatra favourite, 'You made me love you', sung and played on trumpet by Tony. Everyone happily hummed along with this well- loved piece.

To give the vocalist a short break, Jim worked his magic on the keys with Tommy Dorsey's signature tune, 'I'm getting sentimental over you!' which bore out the chairman's introductory description of Jim as a wizard on the keyboard.

Returning to the stage, Tony sang the ever-popular lyric 'Making Whoopie!' with the audience joining in. Following this came 'Chattanooga Choo Choo!' in typical Tony style and Jim putting the engine through its paces!

This brought members reluctantly to the end of a most enjoyable and special evening with two very professional performers who created a relaxed, happy atmosphere for their delighted audience. This (Friday) evening, Pearl McCabe will entertain with more of her personal observations in her programme 'Getting On!'. Non-members will be most welcome at 8 pm in Church House.

Admittance £2 non-members, £1 for members.