Saturday, 15 January 2011

Upcoming Free Reed Band ceilidh to raise money for Kenyan children's charity

Lancaster's Free Reed Band will present a ceilidh at the Cathedral Social Centre in St Peter’s Road on Saturday 29th January to raise money for the Double Joy Children’s Farm in Kenya.

Free Reed Band has been providing lively, danceable traditional music for ceilidhs in the Lancaster area since 1980. Andy Hornby, Charles Ely and Tony Coke, are widely regarded as some of the finest folk music players in the area. They all have wide and various musical interests and you may catch the influence of classical, bluegrass, big band, rock or "world" music in their arrangements.

Tony Cooke tells us the evening will also incorporate a couple of “surprise cabaret interludes” and he's hoping that one of these will be from the spectacular a cappella singing group, Five In A Bar.

While hoping to provide a wonderful evening and also to raise money for Double Joy Children’s Farm in  a rural area of South West Kenya – a home for children orphaned by AIDS.  It was established in 1994 by Mary Hinde, an English woman who had been living and teaching in Kenya for 20 years.

After witnessing AIDS becoming a major cause of death in her community, Mary felt moved to do something to help the children abandoned when their parents died of Aids. She started Double Joy to provide a home and school for these children and a chance for them to survive in their community.

Double Joy started with 24 children and now has 90 and continues to grow from strength to strength and all those who visit us describe it as a place of great joy and inspiration.

• Free Reed Band ceilidh, Saturday 29th January, the Cathedral Social Centre, St Peter's Road, Lancaster from 8.00pm – 12 midnight. Soft drinks will be available, but if you require alcohol please bring your own.

• The Dance Caller will be Deb Kermode.The cost is £8.00 (£6.00 concessions).

• For further details about the event or to book a ticket please telephone (01524) 847794.  

• Free Reed are on the web at:

• More about Double Joy at:

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