Rockabilly is a type of music that fuses elements of rhythm and blues and country music which was first known as country-boogie style.Today it’s a term used for music, a style and even a culture.Rock and roll and rockabilly music are closely linked.Most fans, like Roy Wassall from Cwmbran, enjoy both and everything that comes with the scene.“I found Valley Jive and a few years later I’m teaching,” she explains. “All the money we make from the classes we put towards putting bands on, so we do it to keep people rocking and keep jive alive.“Lots of people have learnt dance and come back every week, and they have a social circle and all meet up and go to dances.He explained: “You stick a rock and roll or rockabilly song on and you can’t help but feel the beat. I love the clothes, the cars, the whole aspect of the 50s lifestyle.” One of the highlights for any rockabilly or rock and roll lover are the dances which are held across the country.The Newport Rock n Roll Club at the Royal British Legion is one of the most popular where live bands often play attracting people from the region and beyond.
Mia Beechey from Machen teaches jive dancing at the popular Valley Jive classes in Llanbradach.
“I’ve been on the scene for the best part of 40 years,” Mr Wassall added.
“When I was about 12 you had bands coming out in the charts like Stray Cats and Matchbox and it was this exciting sound that I had never heard before and I just got into it.
People travel from across south Wales to visit the shop and she also operates pop-up shops at festivals around the UK.
“I’ve been into the rockabilly scene for about seven years,” she said.