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Hundreds descend on Leadenham folk festival




Hundreds of folk fans descended on Leadenham village on Sunday for its annual day of folk music, dance and song.

It was the 10th annual ‘Day of Lincolnshire Folk Music, Dance and Song’, an event which has massively increased in popularity year after year.

The fabulous festival took place in and around the George Hotel, High Street, the Teahouse and Nun’s Close Field.

Day of Lincolnshire Folk Music & Dance. (14952363)
Day of Lincolnshire Folk Music & Dance. (14952363)

Fans were treated to almost 40 of Lincolnshire’s folk music acts including Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher, Rye Sisters and Between the Lines.

There were 12 performances at Leadenham Teahouse and music, dance and workshops at different locations across the village including morris dancing and clog dancing workshops run by experts in Leadenham Village Hall as well as dance like a Tudor and ukulele for beginners.

Day of Lincolnshire Folk Music & Dance. (14952376)
Day of Lincolnshire Folk Music & Dance. (14952376)

Visitors also enjoyed a variety of artisan market stalls at The George Hotel and in Nun’s Close Field and Leadenham House opened their gardens to the public.

Kirsty Kershaw from Leadenham Teahouse, served refreshments on the day as well as gins, wine and beer. She said: “It was a really successful day once again and so well attended by everyone. We had performances from solo artists, bands and dancers at the teahouse throughout the day. It is the only Sunday that we open throughout the year as its such a special event.

Morris dancing. (14952720)
Morris dancing. (14952720)

“We have also been working with William Reeve who owns Leadenham estates and he hosted the artisan market on the green this year which was fantastic. He also opened the gardens at Leadenham House.

“There was a festival buzz throughout the whole village and everyone is still talking about.

Day of Lincolnshire Folk Music & Dance. (14952356)
Day of Lincolnshire Folk Music & Dance. (14952356)

“It is the 10th year of organising the festival which is a massive achievement for all the committee including organiser Tom Lane and everyone else that gets involved.

“It has really become a a community event especially as it is a free day with free parking.”

Plans are already being made for next year’s event.

Kirsty added: “It really is 12 months of work. Everyone pulls together to make it happen. We are trying to get Leadenham on the map.”

Day of Lincolnshire Folk Music & Dance. (14952399)
Day of Lincolnshire Folk Music & Dance. (14952399)


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