Feisty females to rock Centre

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December marks one of the busiest times of the year at the South Holland Centre.

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Sarah Gillespie ANL-140412-143835001

Not only are we poised to welcome thousands of excitable little (and big) faces into the magical realm of Panto-land but at the same time we’re busy selling events for the New Year and beyond – right through to next May.

So this week we’re temporarily leaping ahead to Spring 2015 when we welcome four of the finest female vocalists in their fields to the Spalding stage.

BBC Radio 3 presenter Claire Martin OBE has spent the last 27 years honing the craft of jazz singing. To worldwide critical acclaim she has established herself as an exceptional vocalist on the UK jazz scene, gaining many accolades, including winning the British Jazz Awards seven times.

In her fourth concert at the South Holland Centre on Thursday, January 29 she will be joined by legendary singer-saxophonist Ray Gelato and the Dave Newton Trio to perform classics from The Great American Songbook, including ‘They All Laughed’ and ‘Can’t We Be Friends’.

Next up is Ruby Turner, whose roof-raising soulful concert here last February is still talked about today.

Her second visit to Spalding, this coming Valentine’s Night (Saturday, February 14), has already grabbed the attention of many and with over half of the concert tickets sold – please do not delay if you wish to see her this time.

Then we bring you the captivating Irish folk songstress Cara Dillon – a vocalist described by Q Magazine as having ‘quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice’.

On her recent guest appearances on Radio 2’s Weekend Wogan and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Cara talked about her busy year which has included singing for the latest Disney Tinkerbell movie and recording her new album ‘A Thousand Hearts’.

Her new album tour, which takes in the South Holland Centre on Saturday, April 11, will no doubt see her winning a few thousand more hearts along the way.

Rounding off this glamorous Spring music programme at the end of April, is a date with Anglo-American singer-songwriter Sarah Gillespie with ‘The Life of Bessie Smith’.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Bessie is one of the most iconic artists in jazz and blues history whose raw howl of a voice chronicled a life of gin-soaked bar room brawls and bawdy Harlem nights.

Sarah nails the mood perfectly according to The Guardians’s John Fordham: “Gillespie’s realism, passionate energy, wry wit and insight into the personal and social challenges Smith faced in the 1920s and 30s make her an appropriate torch-bearer for the legendary singer’s legacy.”

A sensational line-up of feisty ladies on top musical form.

The whole spring programme of events is on our website now and live guides are due to arrive on doormats this week.