Folk in South Holland

Hannah Sanders.
Hannah Sanders.
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Martin Browne of Spalding Folk Club writes his fortnightly update on folk in the district.

Spalding Folk Club’s next guest next Wednesday will be Hannah Sanders.

August’s club night has traditionally been a singers’ night but when Hannah came along and visited us earlier in the year we were so impressed by the two songs she gave us in her floor spot that we just had to squeeze her somewhere into this year’s programme as a main guest.

Again she was equally impressive when we saw her at Ely Folk Festival earlier in July. Her ability to hold an audience’s attention was evident when, in the midst of a thunderstorm, in a canvas marquee, the power failed and she carried on acoustically without once faltering.

She has a clear, fine voice and accompanies herself with equal skill on guitar or mountain dulcimer.

The event takes place in the lounge bar of South Holland Centre and starts promptly at 8.15pm. As usual the main guest’s two sets will be preceded by floor spots from our resident singers. Admission £6, members £5.

Other items in the area start on Thursday with the Last Thursday at the Wheatsheaf acoustic club in Swineshead.

There is slight change to the regular format in that it will be a songwriters’ workshop led by Phil Hare with performances of their original songs by the authors. Proceedings start at 8pm and admission is £5, performers free.

On Sunday, at the George Hotel, Leadenham, there will be a Day of Lincolnshire Folk. It will start at 11am and go on until late and appearing will be local artists Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher, Paul Dickinson and Angela King and the Slapdash Appalachian Dancers among a host of other acts.

There will also be workshops, singarounds and music sessions running all day along with refreshments and stalls.

The venue also hosts a regular, first Thursday, folk club known as 600 Whiskies Unplugged – this month, it’s next Thursday, August 7, and starts at 8.15pm.

Boston Folk Club at the Eagle, West Street, holds its August club night on Monday, August 11 at 8.15pm. It will be a singers’ night and admission is free.

Don’t forget to listen to Liz Padgett’s fortnightly, two-hour folk programme, 7pm until 9pm, on Tuesday, August 12 on Tulip Radio 107.5 FM or live via its website.