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soundLINCS New Tricks: More than just music.

‘Friars Folly’: Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, Boston

soundLINCS Programme Development Officer Nicola Stanton has a busy Autumn schedule visiting  New Tricks groups across Lincolnshire. She is interested to learn how the participants are embracing the musical opportunities for adults and last week had the joy of attending a fantastic group based at the Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre in Boston.

Friars Folly are a vibrant group of friendly musicians and singers and, as always with the New Tricks groups, I am greeted with warm smiles as though I am an old friend. As the group tune their instruments and warm their voices I am given a tour of Blackfriars state of the art theatre and dance studio. It is evident that the Boston community really value this historic space and are using it to its full potential.

Friars Folly use a range of instruments and vocal styles to bring to life some true classics and I can see and hear that all the participants get a lot from these sessions. On the day I visited the group treated me to renditions of songs such as California Dreaming, I’m a Believer and Brown Eyed Girl, along with several others.

There is some great banter to be had along with the serious nature of learning new instrumental and vocal parts. Not all participants are life-long musicians, with many discovering the joy of playing relatively recently including beginners. With this in mind, the group take their time with new material and practice pieces with a view to help all improve their playing whilst still keeping it enjoyable.

soundLINCS Music Facilitator Cliff leads the group, injecting new song arrangements that enable all participants to join in, whatever their learning style or instrument. Players take it in turns to sing the lead vocals whilst others join in with the chorus.

One participant writes original songs which are embraced by the group, and all enjoy coming together on a weekly basis to spend time learning and developing their skills with like-minded friends.

Through chatting with Friars Folly during a break, it is obvious that this is more than just a music group. They have made new friends and embarked on a journey through music together which they are determined to continue. They are currently planning a performance for early 2019 which will give them a chance to showcase their skills along with other New Tricks groups from the surrounding area”

The group are proud that as a constituted group they have been able to secure some funding to help them cover the cost of the sessions. It is with thanks to Boston Big Local that the group will be able to continue in their current format and develop their skills further.

Friars Folly are still open for new members and the group would love to see more people join them. For more information please contact soundLINCS 01522 510073 info@soundLINCS.org

Friars Folly

Blackfriars Theatre and Art’s Centre  – Every Friday 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Spain Lane, Boston, PE21 6HP

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