Grantham band The Roustabouts will bring the rock and roll music of Elvis Presely to life in a groundbreaking show at a village church.
The band, featuring acclaimed Elvis singer Nick Pacey, will play the unusual date at St Bartholomew’s Church in Ingoldsby on Saturday next week (August 23).
The event, which includes a real ale bar, will raise funds for repairs to the historic building.
Singer Nick is thrilled to have the chance to sing in the church, but he has performed in sacred surroundings before, having sung for an audience of 900 at Canterbury Cathedral in 2010.
That concert of Elvis gospel favourites, organised by a branch of the Official Elvis Presley Fan Club, raised thousands for charities.
Nick, 49, said: “It was amazing. The acoustics were fantastic, and it will be the same at Ingoldsby, although we won’t be doing gospel numbers. It’s certainly an unusual venue, but I’m really looking forward to it.
“We’ll be playing all the favourites, like Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, Johnnie B. Goode, and Suspicious Minds, as well as ballads.”
The Roustabouts also feature Simon Cole (lead guitar), Emma Beech (drums), Martin Sneskie (bass) and Selina Harper (backing vocals).
Surprisingly, the four had never played Elvis’s material together until they linked up with the lead vocalist last year.
Two weeks after the Ingoldsby date the Roustabouts will appear at the Elvis Festival at Great Yarmouth, where last year Nick won praise from Elvis’s cousin Wayne Mann for the closest singing he had ever heard to Elvis.
Ingoldsby singer/guitarist Adam Leeson is also on the bill at St Bartholomews.
The show starts at 7pm and there will be a real ale bar and barbecue available. Tickets are £5 in advance from Robin Burrows on 01476 585513 and will also be available on the door.
The day before, the gala weekend in the village kicks off on Friday, August 22, when the church hosts a social night from 7pm to 11pm, when a range of real ales from Grantham’s Oldershaw’s brewery will be available.
And on Sunday there will be a fete and flower festival from 10am with a table top sale, family games, tombola, afternoon tea and real ale bar (noon - 2pm).