Summertime’s festival vibe returns to the city on September 7 and people are encouraged to take a break from their shopping and sightseeing to marvel at some fancy footwork and relax to great music.
It’s time to listen out for the sound of the squeezebox, thundering clogs and fiddles – a sure sign that Lincoln BIG’s Morris Festival is back in town, with performances in the city centre and Cathedral Quarter.
At the same time, shoppers and tourists browsing the St Marks Shopping Centre can take a break and enjoy being entertained by a variety of vocal performers.
Lincoln Morris Festival runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm, and traditionally attracts scores of people who marvel at the dancing displays. This year about 20 sides (different groups) are expected to take part, bringing an injection of extra colour into the city.
Between 10.30am and 12.45pm there will be dancing displays at Brayford Pool, outside the Royal William IV, in the High Street, at St Paul in the Bail in Westgate, in Union Road, Burton Road and Bailgate.
During the lunch break (12.45pm to 2pm) it will be time for music and singing sessions, with folk songs at The Strugglers in Westgate – hosted by Ian Enwright of Bishops Morris. A musical session will also take place at The Victoria in Union Road.
Dancers will be back on their feet between 2pm and 3pm, with displays at St Paul in the Bail, Westgate, The Victoria in Union Road, The Lion and Snake in Bailgate, The Museum of Lincolnshire Life in Burton Road and The Lawn in Union Road.
The unmissable finale displays take place from 3pm to 4.30pm at St Paul in The Bailgate, with each side performing one last dance.
For details of the full programme visit: www.lincolnbigmorris.co.uk
Entertainers taking part in the Music in The Garden event, can be heard between 11am and 4pm.
The relaxed nature of this event encourages people to stay and listen to the whole programme or dip in and out, between shopping or meeting friends for coffee or lunch.
The individual sessions feature:
11am KS Music, 12 noon Ministry of Ukes, 1pm Miracle Cure, 2pm Arcane Draft Drinkers and 3pm The Rye Sisters.
A great mix of music will feature the best from the eight-strong Ministry of Ukes who promise an energetic range of songs and Ishani and Sue, better-known as The Rye Sisters, who will be performing Americana and folk songs and accompanying themselves on the guitar, mandolin and fiddle.