The 1950s singer Glen Mason and the residents of Southborough Nursing Home will be serenaded for eight weeks by an up-and-coming banjo band, writes Aniqah Choudhri.

The charismatic actor and musician was a regular on 1950s TV shows the Midday Music Hall, the Jack Jackson Show and Variety Parade, but will be a part of the audience on this occasion.

Banjo player Dan Walsh and mandolin player Nic Zuppardi will be visiting the care home four times before the end of the year to entertain the residents, having visited earlier this year.

Mr Walsh said: “I found even that one session fabulously rewarding. There was really obvious interaction and enjoyment from the residents.

“The smiles and conversations were a lovely aspect, but perhaps even more remarkable was the triggering of memories through music.”

The Live Music Now organisation aims to bring live music to disadvantage people in special schools, hospitals and care homes.

Ann Marie Boyle, from Live Music Now, said: “Dan and Nic have a huge repertoire of songs, including bluegrass, skiffle and Irish folk. They have already been a hit with the residents.

"Care home staff have reported that residents and staff alike were up dancing to songs and tunes, and are looking forward to the remaining sessions."

The next sessions will be on November 21, November 28, December 2 and December 11.