We are just back from our first folk festival of the year at Ely.
A highlight of the weekend was folk treasure and veteran Vin Garbutt’s set on the Sunday afternoon. Following the usual mix of off-the-wall humour and passionately delivered, incisive songs, Vin saved for his final number the Fallen
The song, written by Lincolnshire performers Mark Addison and John Blanks, tells the story of the residents of the Lincolnshire village of Fulstow and their campaign to gain recognition, among the locals who gave their lives in World War One, for Private Charles Kirman. He had been executed for desertion while suffering from shell shock. Mark and John won the Write a Song for Lincolnshire competition in 2006 with this entry.
Vin has also previously recorded a song by another Lincolnshire songwriter, Dave Wilson of Winter Wilson with his composition Storm Around Tumbledown which tells the tale of a soldier in that Falklands War battle.
Spalding Folk Club had the pleasure of an evening with the Sleaford duo in early July. We were well entertained with an almost exclusive string of Dave’s well-crafted songs delivered with a mixture of self-effacing humour, exquisite vocal harmonies and skilful musicianship.
This couple grow in stature each time we hear them and are at last becoming recognised in the folk mainstream for their talents.
Events to watch out for in the next two weeks start with Spalding Folk Club’s monthly singaround tonight at 8pm at the Welland Yacht Club. The format is informal and friendly and new visitors are always welcome. Come along and take part or just sit in and listen. No admission charge but
support for the raffle is always welcomed.
Tomorrow, there is a concert at Stamford Arts Centre with Patrick Street. This group comprises Irish superstar musicians Kevin Burke, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn and John Carty. The programme starts at 8pm and tickets are £16, £15 concessions from the box office at 01780 763203.
There is a tune and song session at the Pig and Whistle, Swineshead, on Monday July 28 (8pm). Contact Tom or Anne on 01205 280749.
Hannah Saunders, who sang beautiful songs at Ely Folk Festival, is Spalding Folk Club’s next guest on August 6 at South Holland Centre.