A regular column from Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne.
I felt it in my bones, as they say, that Spalding Folk Club’s March club night was going to be something special and my bones did not let me down. I rarely fail to be impressed by the quality of the guests that we have put on over the years, both established and emerging, and this underlines the healthy state of folk music here in the British Isles. With such an embarrassment of riches it would take an act of special, natural talent to stand out against its predecessors and Kim Lowings and the Greenwood came over from the West Midlands and blew us away.
Kim was trying to shake off the effects of a head cold but soldiered on for two full 45 minute sets. Nevertheless her voice was sweet and clear and she gave us a varied repertoire of traditional and self-penned songs plus a fine version of Joni Mitchell’s Carey – she accomplished the trademark Joni falsetto admirably in spite of her sore throat.
The band members, Andrew Lowings (guitar and bouzouki), Tim Rogers (Cajon) and Dave Sutherland (double bass and harmony vocals) offered a subtle and sympathetic rhythmic backing to Kim’s fine voice and mountain dulcimer playing. Kim’s own The Allotment and Deepest Darkest Night were stand-out songs for me and, for sheer grit and with her voice about to go, her traditional, encore song Shady Grove was remarkable.
Tonight at the Lincoln Arms, Bridge Street Spalding Folk Club has its music session (8pm). All are welcome. Tomorrow at the Wishing Well, Dyke, the First Fridays Folk singaround takes place (8pm), albeit this time on the second Friday.
There is a singaround song session at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby, Bourne on Sunday (8pm). Boston Folk Club’s guest on Monday is singer/songwriter Gerry Colvin (8.15pm) at the Eagle, Boston.
Spalding Folk Club’s singaround is next Thursday at the Welland Yacht Club (8pm) and on Friday, March 18 (7.45) there will be the No Frills Ceilidh at St Mary’s Church Hall. Dancing is to the Beltonas with caller Sue Gray and there will be a demonstration by Slapdash Appalachian dancers. Tea and coffee is available and home-made cakes for sale. Bring your own other refreshments.
The Beltonas make another appearance along with Voices Unplugged choir in a concert at Gosberton church on Saturday, March 19 (7pm). Proceeds to charity.
Finally, on Monday, March 21, the Haconby Hare Tune session is at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby (8pm).
More information on folk events in the area can be found on the volunteer-run county websites such as Peterborough Folk Diary, Fizgig and Folk talk.