2pm to 2.30pm: Bootleggers and Lootbeggars in the Bandstand, offering music and dance from the Appalachian Mountains
Ken told Brigg Blog...
Early May seems to be time when budding summer-time activities start to show signs of blossoming.
Weddings are more popular in the warmer months and by coincidence the Red Cross shop in Wrawby St. has an array of bridal-wear in their window; the clement weather also attracts the scooter-riders to Brigg - perhaps reminiscent to Brigg Blog's older readers of the 1960s distinctive Mod fashion and the two-stoke purring of their machines.
Similarly, the Ancholme becomes an increasing magnet recreational river traffic, while, literally, latent flower buds begin to mature, perhaps culminating in the magnificent floral displays of Brigg's traditional 'Pump Blessing', later in May.
The whole natural process awakens an extensive and wide programme of Brigg Lives Arts promoted by Chris Darlington and Roberta Fulford.
However, in life, certain processes steadily progress throughout the year, like Paul Johnson's enduring endeavour to promote and stimulate rail facilities, service and usage at Brigg rail station.
To start the Fest off in style this year we are proud to present the Folk 'Round 'Ere Community Show on Friday May 5th at Sir John Nelthorpe Lower School at 8.00pm.
This is a unique show that celebrates the traditional music, dance and song of North Lincolnshire with stories and customs that mark the farming year and the people whose lives were ruled by the changing seasons and events in times gone by.
The show has been supported by North Lincolnshire Council.
The Fest main events take place the next day on Saturday May 6th when there are events to suit all ages.
Between 10.00 and 3.00 you'll find craft, storytelling and drama workshops for children in the Angel Ballroom, Library, Heritage Centre, Nelthorpe Arms and the Market Place. There are also exhibitions in the Heritage Centre and The Steel Rooms that are well worth a visit.
If you visit St John's Church Hall just off the main shopping street you'll find some interesting things going on. Find out more about Bee Keeping and the North Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, take a look at some artwork and enjoy some light refreshments. At 2.00pm you'll also be able to enjoy some 'easy listening' music performed by 60's band Affinity.
Enjoy a lunchtime concert with nationally acclaimed folk singer Martyn Wyndham- Read in St John’s Church at 12.00pm (entry £5) or watch the non-stop entertainment under The Bandstand in The Market Place between 10.00 and 2.30pm. Following that you can join in a singing and music session at The Nelthorpe Arms at 2.30pm and then enjoy a BBQ whilst listing to the Ancholme River Jazz Band between 3.30 and 5.30pm.
To complete the day there will be a chance to see the fabulous Gilmore and Roberts in concert in St John's Church Hall starting at 7.30pm (tickets £10 in advance and £12 on the door) This lively, contemporary folk-acoustic duo cannot fail to provide you with one of those memorable nights you won't forget so be sure not to miss them.
Busking spots available for anyone who fancies it; check in at the Information Point in the Market Place to get a slot - keep what you collect.
Be sure not to miss this great day. Free parking in Brigg all day on a Saturday and of course you can also visit the wonderful independent shops and cafes.
Tickets for the main events can be bought at Brigg Tourist Information Centre, tel 01652 657053 or telephone 01652 653217 for more information. You can also find us on Facebook or Twitter @BriggArts