A fortnightly look at the folk scene in South Holland

Slapdash Appalachian dance group and band entertain in the community.
Slapdash Appalachian dance group and band entertain in the community.

Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne writes about events on the folk scene.

Over the past few weeks members of Spalding Folk Club have been busy performing as part of its outreach programme.

Singers, musicians and dancers give up their time voluntarily to go out into the community to give concerts to various local groups and organisations.

Primarily this helps to promote folk music and dance in the area and make people aware of the club’s existence.

In January we visited the Curlew Centre at Sutton Bridge to give an evening concert for the Diamond Social Club.

In February we provided after-lunch musical entertainment for Crowland Over 55s Group.

In the same month there was also an evening of folk music and Appalachian clog dancing for Spalding and District PHAB club at Weston Hills.

In the first week of March a small group sang and played for residents of Spalding’s Southfield House care home.

The following evening, Slapdash Appalachian dance group and band plus folk duo Elizabeth Padgett and Martin Browne were on the bill at the Rotary Club variety concert for Age UK at South Holland Centre in Spalding.

The following week at Sutton Bridge we performed in the afternoon for the local Carers’ Group.

Finally, last Saturday evening 15 singers, musicians and dancers entertained an enthusiastic full house at a charity concert at Broad Street Methodist Church, again in Spalding.

The outreach programme has bookings well into the future this year and one in particular to watch out for on April 27 will be a Sunday afternoon outdoor concert in the grounds of Ayscoughfee Hall.

Forthcoming diary events include: the next folk club will take place on Wednesday,April 2 at South Holland Centre with guests Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby.

The club’s monthly tune session will be held in the bar at the Lincoln Arms, Bridge Street, Spalding, at about 8.30pm on Thursday, April 10.

The singaround will take place at the Welland Yacht Club, Cradge Bank,Spalding, at 8pm on Thursday, April 17.

Liz Padgett’s next fortnightly two-hour folk broadcast starts at 7pm on Tuesday, April 8 on Spalding’s very own Tulip Radio – 107.5FM or by direct play from its website www.tulip-radio.co.uk.