Concerts on Southend Pier
Association is staging this popular event in conjunction with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.
It all begins at 7.30 pm on Friday 28th March with a Ceilidh led by The Creeksiders and their caller Alexandra Parker.
From noon on Saturday 29th March there will be an array of folk talent delivering six hours of spectacular entertainment, including Mick Denny, Sing Out Loud, Crafting for Foes, Hoy Polloi, Kaz Simmons, Dave Symonds, Tony Prior and others.
Then from 7:30pm on Saturday evening there will be a special performance of Jack Forbes’ celebrated ‘Down the Hill to the Old Town’ a folk theatre show based on the tales and memories of a small fishing community living beside a creek in the Thames Estuary, the place today known as Leigh Old Town or Old Leigh. It is a dramatic monologue combining elements of storytelling with original music and songs, and providing opportunities for audience participation. The show is written by Jack Forbes, who also composes and performs most of the songs, with musical accompaniment from Slow Loris.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Culture and Tourism, Councillor Derek Jarvis said: “The Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier is a fabulous venue for this terrific folk event featuring a wealth of talent and originality. It is also a really remarkable opportunity to see a folk musical about Leigh history and its people.
“We hope as many people as possible will be able to come along to enjoy all the entertainment with a real ale bar throughout the weekend to add to the festivities.”
For tickets please call 01702 215620 or please visit www.visitsouthend.co.uk.
Costs are as follows:
• Tickets for the whole weekend will only cost £10 including a return train ride to the end of the Pier on both days
• Tickets for the Ceilidh on Friday 28th March from 7.30pm until 10.30pm with The Creeksiders and caller Alexandra Parker, are £6 (including Pier Train)
• Tickets for the Spring Thyme Folk Stage performance on Saturday 29th March from 12 noon until 6pm are £2 plus usual Pier admission price. Musicians include: Tony Prior, Dave Symonds, Kaz Simmons, Mick Denny, The Resonators, Dave & Shirley, Sing Out Loud, Crafting for Foes, The Hoy Shanty Crew, Kate Denny
• Tickets for the evening performance of Jack Forbes’ folk musical ‘Down the Hill to the Old Town’ based on historic Leigh events and people, on Saturday 29th March from 7.30pm until 10.30pm are £6 (including Pier Train return.)
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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Culture and Tourism, Councillor Derek Jarvis, said: “Southend Pier is an internationally recognised and iconic attraction in its own right and we are delighted this year that it is also offering such a wide choice of different kinds of entertainment and activities.
“Our new Cultural Centre has opened up even more exciting possibilities so we would encourage everyone to come along and enjoy some of the fun, art and music.”
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