Folk in south Lincolnshire

Pilgrim's Way.
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Spalding Folk Club recently enjoyed an excellent evening’s performance by James Keelaghan.

Canadian songwriter James has long been recognised on the international folk scene and has collaborated with such established British folk artists as Archie Fisher and Jez Lowe. He was ably and sensitively assisted by fellow countryman, multi-instrumentalist and session musician Hugh McMillan on cittern and eight-string electric bass.

Drawing mainly from James’ extensive repertoire we were treated to old favourites such as Cold Missouri Waters and Kiri’s Piano, and more recent numbers McConvilles and House of Cards. It is a delight to think that musicians of his calibre are still happy to play at smaller, intimate settings such as our local folk club. The programme was well supported by floor singers both resident and visiting including the talented Winter Wilson.

Forthcoming events include the monthly Spalding Folk Club Singaround tonight at Welland Yacht Club (8pm). Entry is free and performers and listeners are welcome.

On Monday at the Pig and Whistle, Swineshead (8pm) there is a tune and song session.

A concert of music and song by some members of Spalding Folk Club takes place on Tuesday at St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding (7.30pm). Tickets are £6 from the parish office or on the door.

Kevin Dempsey and Rosie Carson are in concert at the Barn, Baston, next Thursday (8pm). Contact 01778 560497 to check availability of tickets as these concerts often sell out. Also on the same night Last Thursday at the Wheatsheaf, Swineshead, has Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante as guests (8pm). Admission is £6, performers free.

Liz Padgett’s fortnightly two hours of folk music on Tulip Radio starts at 7pm on Tuesday, December 2. You can listen locally on 107.5 FM or from further afield by live downstream from Tulip Radio’s website.

Finally on Wednesday, December 3 Spalding Folk Club hosts the four-piece band Pilgrim’s Way. They visited us as a three-piece in October 2012 and are back by popular demand. Tom Kitching on fiddle and mandolin; Edwin Beasant on melodeons, guitar and bass; Lucy Wright on vocals and fiddle have now been joined by Jon Loomes on cittern, guitar, hurdy-gurdy and concertina.