Folk in Lincolnshire

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A regular column by Martin Browne from Spalding Folk Club.

June is already upon us and the festival season is getting under way.

One of the nearest, the Gate to Southwell folk festival, opens tonight and runs until Sunday.

St Neots folk festival begins next Friday, June 12, and Beverley’s is on Friday , June 19.

I am looking forward to going to Ely and Warwick in July and Moira Furnace and Shrewsbury in August, especially as this year we have forsaken the trusty trailer tent for the comparative luxury of a caravan.

There is something quite magical about spending three or four days among hundreds of like-minded music fans, taking part in workshops and singarounds, watching and listening to a host of stars of the folk scene and often rubbing shoulders with them on site.

Add to that the wide choice of alfresco meals from the catering stalls and the host of real ales on tap at the beer tents.

Folk in the community

Four of Spalding Folk Club’s regulars entertained members of the congregation of Spalding United Reformed Church and their German exchange visitors on Friday evening, May 22, with a mixture of songs and Morris tunes.

Despite a very long day’s travel from their home town of Speyer, the visitors showed genuine enthusiasm for the concert and joined in wholeheartedly.

Local events coming up

Looking forward to local events, tomorrow the First Friday singaround, normally held at the Wishing Well at Dyke, has a change of venue and is at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby (8pm).

On Monday, Boston Folk Club has Pete Morton as its guest.

Pete is a big favourite of many in the area and this is reflected in the fact that the Boston and Spalding clubs have him regularly on their bookings.

He is a brilliant songwriter and has a unique way of putting a song over and engaging his audience.

The venue is upstairs at The Eagle, West Street, Boston (8pm).

Spalding Folk Club’s music session is at the Lincoln Arms, Bridge Street, Spalding, next Thursday June 11 (8pm) and admission is free.

Come along and join in or sit and listen.

Again at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby, there is the Second Sunday singaround on Sunday, June 14 (8pm).