May is massive music month

Cotton Club ANL-140304-121525001
Cotton Club ANL-140304-121525001

News from the South Holland Centre

May is ‘massive music month’ at the South Holland Centre, with a packed programme of big names, big bands and big sounds!

Fairport Convention ANL-140304-121535001

Fairport Convention ANL-140304-121535001

It all starts on Friday, May 2 when RAF Swing Wing makes a return visit with ‘A Night at the Musicals’.

The band’s spine-tingling multi-layered sound is accompanied once more by award-winning vocalist Matthew Ford, who is widely regarded as the finest big band singer in the UK.

His televised appearance from the 2011 BBC Proms ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ catapulted him into the wider public consciousness, followed by further TV appearances including with John Barrowman and Lee Mead in ‘Friday Night is Music Night’, and again last year for his second Albert Hall BBC Proms, ‘Hollywood Rhapsody’. A feel-good night with proceeds donated to Help for Heroes.

Then, there’s the chance to fully immerse in the jazz age of 1920s and ‘30s New York City with the sounds of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday as you are transported through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub – The Cotton Club! ‘Swinging at the Cotton Club’ on Friday, May 16 is a big show. With 16 performers on stage, this high-energy concert features the Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, breathtaking dance from the world’s premier jazz dance company, the Jiving Lindy Hoppers, and American vocalist Marlene Hill.

After two big jazz concerts, things turn decidedly folky later in the month! As well as their regular monthly gigs in the Centre’s Lounge Bar, Spalding Folk Club have programmed a Spring Special concert in the Function Hall for Saturday, May 24.

This mini-folk festival features much-loved Lincolnshire based Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher, who perform at folk clubs all over the country; and is headlined by spellbinding performer Martyn Wyndham Read, an English folk singer who played a key role in the Australian folk revival of the 1960s.

Support comes from the club’s own Liz Padgett and Martin Browne, and The Beltonas.

Then, rounding off ‘massive music month’, is English folk-rock founders, Fairport Convention, who make a much anticipated return (they last played here in 2001) to the South Holland Centre on Thursday, May 29.

Formed in 1967, Fairport remain one of the most entertaining live bands on the scene.

Anyone coming to the concert will be able to enjoy material from recent albums, classics from their earlier repertoire and previously unperformed songs destined for their next studio album.

Meanwhile, the next Film and Live guides have been waved off to the printing press and should arrive on doormats mid-April.

You tell us that you love receiving the guides, but it’s worth remembering to check our website, Facebook or twitter feeds regularly for mid-season release dates.