Folk in Spalding and district

Edwina Hayes.
Edwina Hayes.

A regular column from Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne.

We have come to the end of Spalding Folk Club’s 2015 calendar and what a strange year it has been in some ways.

Organiser and MC Liz Padgett

has been sourcing guests for the monthly club for over 16 years and has had to rearrange guests on only a couple of occasions. That is until this year when a total of five cancellations required finding replacement artists, sometimes at short notice and in one case on the day itself.

December’s guest Archie Fisher was prevented from travelling by ill health. Liz found us a very able replacement in Edwina Hayes, resident in Bridlington when she isn’t spending time in Nashville or touring as support with such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Jools Holland, Van Morrison, Nanci Griffith etc.

Edwina soon had the audience won over with her beautiful voice and endearingly chatty anecdotes and background details between songs.

Discussing a previous album and how she set out to produce it in a lean, pared back voice plus guitar only format it was soon apparent this was the style that best suited her personality and music: the quality of her voice was always to the forefront. We felt we were a group of friends sharing a chat and a few delightful songs.

A fair proportion of the songs were written by Edwina herself or co-written. Her very own Nobody’s Coming Around and Leave a Light on for You were particularly notable but she was equally at home singing other performers’ songs including a sweet version of Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat and the hauntingly beautiful Feels Like Home by Randy Newman.

It was indeed disappointing not to see Archie again – and we wish him well with his recovery – but it is an ill wind as they say and we were very fortunate to have the talented Edwina breeze in to fill his shoes.

Events to look out for start on Thursday with Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar in concert at the Barn, Baston (8pm). Call 01778 560497 for returned tickets. Spalding Folk Club’s singaround and Christmas party is also on Thursday at Welland Yacht Club (8pm). Friday is First Fridays singaround at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby (8pm), and same venue on Monday is the Haconby Hare Tune session (8pm). Tuesday at South Holland Centre is the Acoustic Café for performers aged 14 to 25 (6pm). Contact Emily on 07713 200782 to book a performance spot.