A look at the folk scene in south Lincolnshire

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Martin Browne from Spalding Folk Club talks about what’s coming up

The audience at the meeting of Spalding Folk Club last Wednesday were treated to a very pleasant evening of songs from Hannah Sanders.

The club’s programme intends to provide a mixture of established artists along with a few comparative newcomers. I am sure Hannah would agree that she falls into the latter category, but nevertheless the quality of her singing and playing was up there with many of the best.

She has been performing for several years with her family and now, in her own right, has just begun to find recognition.

Her skilful guitar and mountain dulcimer accompaniment to a powerful and clear voice should serve her well.

Her repertoire included interesting versions of standard folk ballads and American folk songs through to Joni Mitchell’s Case of You, faithfully supported by mountain dulcimer, for an encore. We look forward to following her progress.

The summer folk festival season is well under way now and things seem to have quietened down on the local front.

Looking around at what’s on in the area, many of the sessions and singarounds and some concert venues have shut up shop for July and August.

Spalding Folk Club Singaround at the Welland Yacht Club on Thursday, August 21 is an exception, opening its doors at 8pm as usual, but the music session at the Lincoln Arms in Spalding is cancelled for August with several of its regulars away at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Musicians and listeners looking for a session will find one at Haconby, just north of Bourne, on Monday at the Hare and Hounds, 2 West Street. It starts at 8pm and details are available at 01778 571563.

On the following Monday, August 25, the lively fourth Monday song and tune session starts at 8pm at the Pig and Whistle, Market Place, Swineshead.

Some of us will be preparing our camping gear and heading for Moira in Derbyshire for the Moira Furnace Folk Festival this weekend and hoping for dry weather. So too will those heading for Whitby Folk Week which also starts this weekend.

Further ahead, Spalding Folk Club’s September guests will be The Willows. This young, five-piece band is rapidly establishing itself on the folk circuit.