Folk in south Lincolnshire

Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher are performing at an all-Lincolnshire gig at the Barn at Baston tonight.
Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher are performing at an all-Lincolnshire gig at the Barn at Baston tonight.

Since putting together my last report but before its publication Spalding Folk Club had the dynamic four-piece band Pilgrim’s Way as its guests.

Their energy and driving rhythms had the audience’s feet tapping all evening and the musical presentation was sharp and slickly co-ordinated. The content was traditional or, as in the case of some tunes, self-penned but in the traditional style.

Tom Kitching’s fiddle playing and Edwin Beasant’s brisk melodeon style were the engine room whereas Jon Loomes, a recent addition to the line-up, underpinned and complemented the others with hurdy-gurdy, concertina or guitar. On top of all this we had Lucy Wright’s vocals, fiddle or jaws harp completing the package. On some numbers Tom and Jon doubled on mandolin and Edwin on guitar reinforcing what a musically talented force Pilgrim’s Way is.

It was an enjoyable and memorable evening.

The forthcoming programme in the area starts on Thursday with a double bill at the Barn at Baston. This has an all-Lincolnshire theme with the Liam Robinson Band and, the county’s best-kept secret, Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher. Be sure to contact 01778 560497 for ticket availability.

Also on Thursday, Spalding Folk Club holds its Christmas Party and singaround at the Welland Yacht Club (8pm). Bring yourselves but a contribution to the party fare would also be appreciated.

First Fridays Folk singaround is, incongruously, being held on the third Friday, Friday the 19th! To continue the confusion, the venue has also changed for this one event to the Hare and Hounds at Haconby near Bourne (8pm).

On Saturday there is a ceilidh and concert at St Thomas Church, Boston (7pm). Tickets are £5 and proceeds of this and the raffle are in aid Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Marquis of Granby in Sleaford hosts its Third Sunday Singaround on Sunday (4pm-8pm). Finally, on Monday at the Pig and Whistle at Swineshead there is a music and song session (8pm).

Don’t forget Liz Padgett’s fortnightly folk programme on Tulip Radio from 7pm-9pm on 107.5 FM or by live downstream from the radio’s website. The next one is on Tuesday, December 30.

Wishing all you followers of folk music a very happy Christmas and a music-filled New Year to come.