12 May 2018
  • 18:00
    NIGHTHAWKS Tickets £25

Author John Thomas brings his story of extraordinary women & Gibson’s Banner guitars to WAH17 

During the years of World War Two, manufacture of the Gibson Banner Guitar was carried out almost exclusively by women, which it is argued gave the highly collectable wartime guitar a unique sound.

‘Kalamazoo Gals’ is the story of the brilliant women who made the guitars. Author and co-founder of The Buddy Holly Foundation John Thomas will be showcasing the guitar at Walthamstow Assembly Hall as a prelude to our Nighthawks Swing Dance event.

This performance dovetails with current research into Walthamstow Assembly Hall itself, which is renowned for its magical acoustics. Also built during the war –“bombs were falling all around but the music was divine” – was the hall built by women? In 1944 25,000 women were working in construction. Now a campaign, backed by the Women’s Engineering Society has triggered a hunt to find other civic examples, such as Waterloo Bridge, to which women have contributed without acknowledgement.

Nighthawks and WAH17 are delighted to welcome you to sample the delights of this beautiful venue and its reputedly unique acoustic.


12 May 2018 – 6pm / Free Entry

Followed by Nighthawks Uptown Swing from 7pm – please note Nighthawks from 7pm is a ticketed event