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Lazy K
Country Music Club

These are usually separate or additional to
the standard Lazy K programme

Friday 23rd October 2015

"If it swings, they can,
and will play it!"

The Swing Commanders is a stunningly vibrant and versatile group
that performs an exciting mix of 1940s classics, boogie-woogie,
western swing, 50’s jump jazz and more!

Every member of the Swing Commanders sings and plays
at least one instrument, sometimes three, Yet what makes
them stand out even above their incredible music ability and
performing skills is their joie-de-vivre.


Peter Riley

Peter’s knowledge of Music Hall and Bing Crosby songs was formed on his Grandmother’s knee. In the late 80’s he appeared at the first Burnley Blues Festival, and in the pubs of Oldham and Manchester began to learn stagecraft.

As front-man and main songwriter with The Winchesters, Peter showed up at lots of festivals and on Primetime TV. Forming The Swing Commanders, he wanted a musically versatile, visual and energetic band. His dream came true!

Peter also performs in swing trio THE GELATOS and his glam rock band THE GLAMTASTIC 4 where he can be seen wearing some daring and skimpy little numbers….!

Daisy Thurkettle

Daisy is a classically trained violinist from a family of folk musicians! For the last decade Daisy has been playing western swing, country and early jazz from cult fashion stores in New York to sultry cabaret events throughout the UK.

If she’s not playing music, you’ll find Daisy diving for treasure on shipwrecks or baking mighty fine treats…..

Daisy also sings in the Andrews Sisters styled trio, The Honeybirds, as well as playing violin and singing lead vocals in The Old Time String Band.


Dan Smith

Dan studied popular music and recording at Salford University and spent time after graduating playing in pit orchestras for theatre productions as a session guitarist. Shows including Billy Elliot, Hairspray, The Wiz, West Side Story, and most recently a production of Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

Dan has travelled the world for some years working as a show band guitarist on cruise ships for Carnival, Princess and Celebrity Cruises. Whilst on board he spent every day playing with, and learning from some of the best musicians in the world as well as backing high profile acts from the West end, Broadway and other areas of the entertainment industry.

Now back on solid ground, Dan delivers a bi weekly live Web stream with the well known Tom Quale and also has his own guitar tuition youtube channel called Beyond the lick.

Dan’s wide knowledge of different musical styles makes him an accomplished and versatile musician which comes in handy with The Swing Commanders where he juggles Swing, Western Swing, Jazz and Country effortlessly! Look out also for his handkerchief tricks…..!


Siena Lloyd

Before joining the Swing Commanders, Siena, a professional actress, could be found on our screens, appearing in Channel 4’s, Hollyoaks among other things, or touring UK Theatres in productions such as The Blonde Bombshells of 1943, Oh! What a Lovely War, and HEIDI – A Goats tale, so it’s only natural that she would add a touch of “drama” to the band!

Siena also runs an educational theatre company called ARTFUL PLAYGROUND which delivers theatre and music workshops, courses and classes to children. Siena has written two children’s books for one of the musical projects which can be found on shop shelves in Manchester!

As the Musical Director of The Swing Commanders, Siena is responsible for the band’s musical arrangements. She plays the saxophone, clarinet, piano, double bass,and the accordian in the band so Siena has her work cut out for her. However she still finds time to do the styling and presentation, CD/DVD cover design, and the band’s social and online networking!
Siena also plays in swing trio THE GELATOS alongside Peter!


Stuart Smith

Having spent most of his professional musical career on the UK jazz circuit playing alongside some of the best performers of jazz (John Hallam, Jamie Brownfield, Tom Kincaid, Amy Roberts, Jeff Barnhart (USA), Spatz Langham, Matthias Seuffurt (GER) and Duke Heitger USA), Stuart jazzes up the Swing Commanders with his special beats and pieces!

Stuart has appeared at many of the UK Jazz Festivals including the Keswick Jazz festival, Upton Jazz Festival, Dove Holes, Bude Jazz Festival and the Edinburgh Jazz festival. Stuart has toured Europe countless times drumming all over Denmark, Holland and Germany. One of his highlights was performing at the legendary Dresden Dixieland Jazz Festival.

Stuart has also played with Martin Bennett’s Old Green River Band – a band which favours the sounds of New Orleans and the blues of Chicago, Small Weller, and The Manchester School of Samba.
Being a vintage car enthusiast Stuart also makes himself useful when it comes to our old van – usually pushing it!




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The Lazy K Country Music Club was formed in October 1983 to promote country music in the surrounding area of Haverhill. The Lazy K caters for all country music types whether they be listeners, free style dancers or line dancers. The Lazy K is also very proud of the fact that Raymond Froggatt consented to become it's honorary Vice President

The Lazy K meets at the
Karro Sports and Social Club
Formerly HMP & Vion Sports and social club

Little Wratting
Nr Haverhill

Club nights are held every Sunday from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. The club strives to keep Country Music Live by bringing the very best in UK Country Music to the Lazy K.

The club is fully licensed (please do not bring your own) with drinks at very reasonable prices. A large wooden dance floor is available for Line, Partner and Freestyle. The dance floor is surrounded by comfortable seating.

Membership:  Membership is £5.00 annually and entitles members to reduced admission prices. 

Cost: The normal admission charge on a club night for Members is £6.50

Visitors: We welcome guests (admission charge £8.00).All information is provided in good faith and we cannot accept any responsibility for any changes in information or programmes that may occur.

For more information please phone Ann on 07736 284969 or email

For further information on the Festival Tickets telephone Pat on - 01787 277711

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