Ten day feast of music and arts

Nigel Truman is appearing at Millers Brasserie and Restaurant on Sunday, May 10.

Nigel Truman is appearing at Millers Brasserie and Restaurant on Sunday, May 10.

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Sleaford is preparing itself for a 10-day feast of the performing arts.

The annual Sleaford Live Festival kicks off on Friday, and the event opens with an interesting variety of entertainment.

The opening night features Some Better Days, a band from Sleaford’s twin town of Marquette-Lez-Lille, performing at the Barge and Bottle from 9pm, acoustic guitarist Lil’ Ian Goodsman at the Solo Club from 8pm and singer Gareth Jay in the Lounge Bar at the Legionnaires Club from 9pm.

But it isn’t only music on offer. Also on Friday, Heckington Players bring you the first night of their production of Are you Being Served at Heckington Village Hall. The Players will be performing this Friday and Saturday and on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, with each show starting at 7.30pm. Tickets for this, priced £7, are available on 07486 153382.

On Saturday, there will be live music throughout the day at Sleaford Farmers’ Market, from 9am to 4pm, while at the National Centre for Craft and Design Claire Troughton will be making jewellery to celebrate the plants and creatures of the British countryside. That same day, the NCCD will also be offering life drawing for adults, from 10am to 4pm, and a young designers workshop, for young people aged 12-25, from 1pm to 4pm.

Kesteven Morris and Kesteven Ladies’ Morris will be dancing at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday at 11am and then at the Packhorse from 12 noon.

Other entertainment to look out for on Saturday includes Hoagy Charmichael at Sleaford Playhouse, 8pm, tickets £12, Renegade in the Lounge Bar at the Legionnaires Club, 9pm, Mike Shelby at the Electra Club, 9.15pm, £2 for non-members, Jan Leszczynski at Sleaford Museum, from 1pm, and Duke Box 80s at the Barge and Bottle, 9pm.

The Duke of Wellington, Leasingham, is hosting a Comedy Club evening on Saturday, from 8pm.

Sunday sees singer songwriter Liam Madison appearing in the Lounge Bar at the Legionnaires Club at 3pm, band Croagh Patrick performing at Millers Brasserie and Restaurant, 7pm, and Stolen Fridays at the Barge and Bottle, 9pm.

Then on Monday, the Barge and Bottle is hosting a Band Showcase event, from 1.30pm, which will be held outside, weather permitting.

Tuesday’s programme features Unplugged and Sleaford Hub Writers at the NCCD Cafe, from 6.30pm, Sleaford Ukelele Band at The Solo Club, 7pm, and Brian Boles Trio at Millers Brasserie and Restaurant, 8pm.

For jazz lovers, there’s a Jazz Night at The Bustard, South Rauceby, from 8pm on Wednesday, while St Denys’ Church Hall will be hosting an evening of acoustic music at 8pm that same evening.

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