A fortnightly column by Martin Browne of Spalding Folk Club.
Don’t the months seem to fly by – even in the drab, grey days of winter – and January is almost at its close.
One folky light at the end of the January tunnel is tonight in the Arts Coritani Gallery, Swineshead (8pm), when The Third Thursday Acoustic Club (formerly at the Wheatsheaf) has John Ingamells and friends as its guests.
February kicks off on Sunday with an open mic session at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby, near Bourne (8pm).
On Tuesday the Masons Arms, Bourne, hosts Bourne Folk and Acoustic Club’s first Tuesday monthly singaround and music session (8pm).
Spalding Folk Club’s February guests on Wednesday (8.15pm) at South Holland Centre are Alistair Russell and Chris Parkinson, also known affectionately as Ali and Parky. Alistair was formerly vocalist and guitarist with the Battlefield Band and Chris, equally adept on accordion, concertina, melodeon, keyboards and harmonica, was a founder member of the House Band and has played live and in the studio alongside a large number of established folk artists.
Be assured of a highly skilled evening of fast and furious Celtic music, lilting ballads and witty banter and be prepared to join in with the choruses.
On Thursday, February 5 Spalding Folk Club holds its second Thursday music session at the Lincoln Arms, Spalding (8pm).
On the 6th there is the First Friday Folk singaround at the Wishing Well, Dyke (8pm).
Also at the Hare and Hounds at Haconby, on Sunday, February 8 there is another singaround (8pm). On the same day the White Hart, Sibsey, is the venue for its Second Sunday Singaround and Session(2pm-5pm).
On February 9 Boston Folk Club at the Eagle features Irish singer-songwriter Kieran Halpin (8.15pm – space limited). A passionate and consummate performer, Kieran has written hundreds of thought-provoking and insightful songs and has produced 20 albums over his 33-year recording career.
Don’t forget Tom Lane’s folk spot as part of Jono Brines’ The Music on BBC Radio Lincolnshire (6-7pm) every Wednesday and Liz Padgett’s fortnightly show on Tulip Radio (7-9pm) – next one will be on Tuesday, February 10. Both can be heard by live downstream from the websites.