Colin Bourdiec, UK’s foremost George Formby Impersonator and ENSAtainer performing on original 1930 ukes, Gibson and Ludwigs.
Reliving the music of George Formby and WW2 Variety artists through ENSA in authentic uniforms to compliment fellow re-enactors.
Colin is one of the only Song and Dance men reliving the age of Variety and Vaudeville.
I have just added a 1940’s style magic act using original magic from that period. I am also a professional stage and parlour magician.
Colin pays tribute to the following:
Billy Uke Scott
Wilson, Keppel & Betty
Colin also has a extensive collection of ENSA memorabilia that he can display for events.
Colin is performing as Captain Mainwaring on the Salute to the 1940’s Dads Army Special see pics below.
Just added a 1938 Austin 10 Cambridge available to bring to 1940’s events.
In 2016 I was invited to play the part of Captain Mainwaring, in Groovy Gazza’s tour of the UK, Salute to the 1940’s Dads Army Special. This has been a great experience working with some great actors and performers.
I look forward to performing in the near future.
Check below for pictures of the company and myself.
Just recently finished playing Mother Goose, in a professional production of “Mother Goose’ in Billingham and Thornaby, Stockton. Check out my gallery page to see pictures, will be uploading a showreel very soon.
1950’S & 1960’S
I can cover music of all periods but over the last few years I have started to add the guitar to my act, and found that I enjoyed playing songs from the 1950’s & 60’s and had the please of performing this style of music at the 2017 Cosford RAF Air Show.
I have also added the Banjo into the act covering the music of Lonnie Donegan to name a few.
I have been involved in magic since I was a child, I first performed magic as Children’s entertainer for Warner Holiday in 1982, in 1984 was asked by as Holiday park I was working at if I knew a magician and put myself forward and recreated my stage magic act in which during the performance I would produce my Jack Russell dog called Abra, props bought from the Magic Box in Shanklin, I also worked for the son of Jack Hughes, dealing and demonstrating magic in his shop.
The stage act continued to grow and I became a member of the Newcastle Magic Circle and the Northern Magic Circle.
I built my own illusions and used to work under the name of the Lyndini Magic Company along with my late wife Lynn.
While cruising for P&O I would very often organise close up magic evenings with the magicians who were working on board.
I am pleased to say that I am still performing my Stage Magic Act and especially using vintage magic props that I have collected. Although I can do close up magic, but prefer to perform Stage or Parlour Magic.
My magic act is for all ages and consists of:
UKULELE FESTIVAL CABARET AND WORKSHOPS
I had pleasure this year to be invited to play at the North Tyneside Ukulele Festival. It was a great opportunity to play the songs of George Formby to fellow ukulele players.
I am also available to do workshops on the techniques of playing in the George Formby Style as well as lecturing on Ukulele Heroes.