Folk in south Lincolnshire

Phil and Kim Biggs performed Phil's Blue Highway among a mix of instrumental and songs with a modern feel at Spalding Folk Club's MaNiFEST concert. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG251114-209TW
Phil and Kim Biggs performed Phil's Blue Highway among a mix of instrumental and songs with a modern feel at Spalding Folk Club's MaNiFEST concert. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG251114-209TW

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

Spalding Folk Club singers and musicians gave a concert at the parish church of Saint Mary and Saint Nicolas on Tuesday, November 25 as part of the church’s week-long MaNiFEST music festival.

The Beltonas Ceilidh Band started off the proceedings with a set of Scottish tunes and also some written by the band’s fiddle and concertina player, Paul Dickinson. Penny Sykes on keyboard, Andy Mackay on melodeons and Christine Dickinson, percussion, completed the line-up.

Duo Elizabeth Padgett and Martin Browne followed with songs by Shawn Colvin, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Cliff Eberhardt and a couple of Martin’s own.

Penny Sykes then forsook her keyboard for the concertina and led us up to the interval with songs by John Conolly, Paul Metsers and some of her own compositions including her Folk Song for Lincolnshire 2014 entry, Statues in Time, celebrating the life of the Lincolnshire cartographer and explorer Matthew Flinders.

Following the break club stalwarts Paul Dickinson and Angela King entertained us with a collection of songs including Stephen Foster’s Hard Times Come again No More, Thousands or More from the repertoire of the Copper Family and Si Kahn’s It’s What You Do With What You’ve Got. The latter featured a delightful recorder solo from Angela with a lilting concertina accompaniment by Paul.

The final individual performance was by Kim and Phil Biggs. They chose a mix of instrumental and song with a deliberately modern feel which started off with a pair of Kim’s rollicking compositions on accordion with Phil providing the rhythm on guitar. Songs included Phil’s own Blue Highway, Richard Shindell’s Kenworth of My Dreams and Jez Lowe’s comic epic Davis and Golightly.

To round the evening off all participants took up their instruments and rejoined on stage to give a collective rendition of traditional tunes Uncle Bernard’s and The Huntsman’s Chorus.

Sadly the audience, although appreciative, was limited in numbers – perhaps saving themselves on this cold November night for the sell-out concluding concert of the week by Lesley Garrett and Cantemus.

Looking forward to folk events in the area, Boston Folk Club at the Eagle, West Street, is holding its Christmas Cracker on Monday, December 8 with the Gerry Colvin Band providing the musical Christmas cheer. Starts at 8.15pm and admission costs are yet to be announced.

On Wednesday, December 10, the Stamford Arts Centre, St Mary’s Street, Stamford, hosts the Albion Christmas Band in concert. Starts 7.30pm, and tickets are £16/£14, box office 017802 763203.

Maire Ni Chatashaigh and Chris Newman are in concert on Saturday, December 13 at Morton Village Hall, near Bourne, PE10 0NR – to book, contact Richard Wells on 01778 570370. Tickets are adults £10, school children £5, under 11s free.

Also on the same night local folk band Crossing the Tracks are appearing at Pinchbeck Village Hall in Knight Street. Doors open 7.30pm and there is a licensed bar. Tickets are £7 available from Alan Hansard on 01775 722200 or John Pailing on 07853 963201.