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Duo Danny Pedler and Greg Russell tackle social issues in South Holland with new music

By Spalding Reporter

A new music project, bringing together songs that tackle social issues in the South Holland area, from cuts to local services to immigration, has been launched.

Musicians Danny Pedler and Greg Russell hope to generate waves with their music, improving some national opinions on Lincolnshire.

Danny Pedler and Greg Russell. Photo by Elly Lucas. (9202175)
Danny Pedler and Greg Russell. Photo by Elly Lucas. (9202175)

Their unique sound combines lyrics based on the area and its inhabitants, with factory machinery.

They found that factories are now a vital part of the South Holland economy, with far fewer people working directly on land.

Danny said: “My interviews with factory workers were the most enlightening. I therefore wanted to root the music in the factories.

The cover of the new album, called Field and Dyke, by Danny Pedler and Greg Russell.
The cover of the new album, called Field and Dyke, by Danny Pedler and Greg Russell.

“From our music video of the title track of the album ‘Field and Dyke,’ the machine you can hear is one that sprays tomato sauce on unbaked pizza bases!”

South Holland was chosen as the focus because Danny fell in love with the area after carrying out an oral history research project.

He said: “I discovered a mysterious history full of folk stories of undrained marshland and mischievous boggarts.”


The Field and Dyke project aims to tackle local social issues, including the fall of services and the wave of immigration from Eastern Europe since 2004, plus looking at the community as a whole.

This project is funded by the Arts Council England, Freshlinc LTD and Transported Art.

On Friday, May 10, the duo will perform music from the album at the South Holland Centre in Spalding from 8pm.

They will also be working with factories, offering free workshops and concerts, as well as touring on the back of a Freshlinc lorry in the summer.

You can book for the concert at the South Holland Centre in person, by phone on 01775 764777 or via the website at www.southhollandcentre.co.uk


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