English Fiddle: A Family Affair

Dancing wildly around the kitchen

Monday evening 14th September was the latest Zoom event of local charity, Arts Destination South Molton! The joyful combination of Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll was lively, fun – and inspirational. They were joined at their ‘ceilidh at home’ by the members of their family. Their youngest is three years old; the older one seven, whose musical talents, according to one commentator, “stole the show!”.

Everyone had a good time. “It was great fun to join in a child friendly music concert” and “the whole evening was a delight” are comments echoed by many participants. We had audience members from as far afield as Hungary, Scotland and France – as well as more ‘homegrown’ ones from South Molton, Winsford and Landkey. Thus, we met our aim to provide artistic events – very much including musical ones – to people from far and near.

We were also able to join a local elderly care home resident with his daughter for the event. As she wrote, “Dad really enjoyed it. He phoned me afterwards”. In this way, we are beginning to fulfil our objective of reaching out to community members who are otherwise excluded from the arts, as well as improving wellbeing for isolated people.

We also raised funds for ADSM with this event: the quality of the music (“Nick and Becki are always brilliant“ as one audience member said), the technicalities and the presentation were all very high (“Well done for the organisation and technical production” another participant commented). We provided an entertaining and relaxing concert for the 40 or so people who joined us – and they were generous in their appreciation.

To those of you who have been coming to our online events, thanks for your generosity and for sharing ADSM’s journey with us. “So glad I tuned in”, one of you told us. We appreciate your support.