Jean Martyn concert organ-ised in village

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A WEEKEND music festival, featuring a Britain’s Got Talent finalist, will be taking place to raise money for charity this weekend.

Swineshead Village Hall will be hosting three concerts on Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 2.30pm.

It includes a performance by Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jean Martyn, who entertained everyone with her huge smile and rapidly moving legs... and organ playing!

The Friday concert features vocalists Dave Logan and Pat Campbell, better known in the village as the Butler Boys, and this will raise money for LIVES.

Jean will star alongside fellow organist David Thomas, and Dave Logan and Pat Campbell at a dance and cabaret on the Saturday evening.

Jean, a 59-year-old retired school teacher from Staffordshire, who has performed at Swineshead Village Hall previously is a favourite at the concerts.

She has been playing music for 30 years, regularly performing at church and charity events, including one in front of 600 people at a hotel in Birmingham.

Musically trained at Trinity College, Trent Park and The Guildhall School of Music, London, Jean is the only female organist to have recorded on the Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer Organ during the last 50 years.

She has also played at Lichfield Cathedral, the Apollo Theatre, in Manchester, St James’ Palace and abroad, including in Hamburg for the BBC.

The Air Ambulance and Boston and South Holland Merchant Navy Association will benefit from this event.

The Sunday afternoon concert will raise money for the South Holland Blind Society, and will star two of the UK’s top entertainment organists, Brett Wales and Chris Powell.

Organiser George Wheatman said: “Charity fundraising concerts at Swineshead Village Hall have become a major part of the county music scene over recent years.”

Tickets are £5 on the door Friday, £10 in advance Saturday and £6 on the door Sunday and can be obtained from Derrick Nundy on 01205 820080.