What are your names and ages?
Hi, I’m Nicki McNamee and I’m 29.
I’m Julie McNamee and I’m 27.
Whereabouts are you based?
Nicki – We live together in North West London.
Are you originally from there? If not where did you grow up?
Julie – We grew up in Tamworth, Staffordshire but have lived in London for 10 years now.
How long have you been singing together?
Nicki – We’ve been singing together in My Favourite Things for nearly three years. We did sing and dance together in shows growing up but not professionally.
How did you start?
Julie – Nicki was working in a music hall for a year or so and realised her niche was in this era. One night she came home and started teaching me some of the songs and we choreographed a routine together. (No alcohol was involved…honest!) We realised how in sync we were when we performed together and that’s when the idea came to us.
Where did the name come from?
Nicki – Well we sing, dance, tap dance, dress up… all of our favourite things!
Can you remember your first gig?
Julie – Pop Up Vintage Fairs London. Not only was it set in a gorgeous gothic church in Hampstead, it was a vintage paradise. We had a blast performing to so many lovely people and it was a great introduction to the vintage world we now love. Thanks to our first gig, we have made some great friends and continue to perform at Pop Up Vintage Fairs events.
Why this particular style of singing?
Nicki – We sing predominantly songs from the 40s. This music came from such a nostalgic time and the lyrics and melodies are so moving. Then there’s the glamorous and theatrical side of it that we love. Plus our dancing style is naturally more suited to this era also.
Did you start out singing old songs or did you go through a period of modern style songs?
Julie – Although we toyed with the idea when we began, we decided to remain true to the vintage classics.
Did you dress in a retro style all the time now or is it just for performances? If so did the singing come first and the style follow or vice-versa?
Nicki – I think I naturally dressed ‘vintage’ at times without realising it but my wardrobe has definitely morphed into vintage emporium in the last couple of years. Every time we perform at a vintage fair we just have to buy something.
Julie – Nowadays, my shopping trips definitely steer towards vintage shops. Having finally mastered the vintage hair dos, I regularly pop a victory roll in, finished off with a flower.
Nicki – And red lippy is a must too!
Not only do you sing but dance too! How long have you been dancing for? What styles of dance do you know?
Julie – We do indeed. We’ve been dancing since we were