A country knees-up to celebrate May Day

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A TRADITIONAL country knees-up headlined by popular ceilidh band Red Shed will be held at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

Having impressed audiences at many New Year parties at the Marine, Red Shed will this time be celebrating the Bank Holiday by playing all night long on Sunday, May 6, with dancing from Uplyme Morris and a special selection of local ales and ciders on offer.

Red Shed is a six-piece barn-dance band with caller playing high energy traditional English and Irish dance tunes. The Devon-base band has a special twist – a solid back-line of bass, drums, and electric guitar combine with fiddle, sax, and whistle to creates a unique combination of 18th century influences with a 21st century edge.

As well as playing for weddings and parties, Red Shed has played at some of the best folk music event across the country – including at Sidmouth, Cornwall and Wimborne folk festivals, Guernsey Arts Festival and Cecil Sharpe House in London.

A folky institution, the band has been together for 25 years, even playing as far afield as Yaroslavl in Russia.

Dancing will be led by Uplyme Morris – a local side which was reformed 10 years ago, and are very active throughout the year, performing at many local activities, venues and festivals, and also appearing on TV and film.

The Marine May Day celebrations will be held on Sunday, May 6 with the bar opening at 6.30pm and entertainment from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £6 in advance or £8 on the door and are available from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre by calling 01297 442138 or online at www.marinetheatre.com where a booking fee may apply. Please note, this event is standing.

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