Folk events in the Spalding area

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A fortnightly column by Spalding Fok Club’s Martin Browne.

The last few days have seen the sad loss of some notable luminaries in the music world including David Bowie, Lemmy of Motorhead, Glen Frey of the Eagles and Dale Griffin, drummer in Mott The Hoople.

It would be stretching the truth to describe these as folk musicians but it would be fair to say that among the folk music followers of my generation, at least, they will have had some formative influence on our musical education.

This all brings me to the sad fact that at the end of last year the folk scene in the south of the county lost a stalwart performer and supporter of folk music in Graham Neish.

Graham was from Boston and, although a lifetime figure at the Boston club where he was the accordion player in the resident House Band, he was also a long-term member of Spalding Folk Club and a regular at Swineshead’s Last Thursday Acoustic Club.

There will be a celebration of Graham’s life in music at Sutterton Village Hall on Saturday, January 30 (7 -11pm).

The evening will take the form of a singaround/music session where all are welcome to raise the roof with music, song and reminiscences as Graham would have wished.

Please bring your instruments, your own drinks and maybe some food to share. There will be no charge for admission.

Tonight at the Last Thursday Acoustic Club, Arts Coritani, Swineshead (8pm), Elizabeth Padgett and Martin Browne are the guests plus floor singers.

On Tuesday, February 2 there is a singaround at the Masons Folk & Acoustic Club at the Mason’s Arms, Bourne (8pm).

On Wednesday, February 3 at South Holland Centre (8.15pm), Spalding Folk Club’s guests are Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis.

In his own right Sam is developing quite a following and has received some glowing references from such as Mark Radcliffe, Cara Dillon and Mike Harding.

Jamie is a guitarist and banjo player in Sam’s five-piece band .

Next Friday, February 5 is the First Fridays Folk singaround at the Wishing Well, Dyke, near Bourne (8pm).

Finally on Monday, February 8 Boston Folk Club at The Eagle, Boston, has blues guitarist Kent Duchaine as its guest (8.15pm).