Folk music in south Lincolnshire

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

I am writing this not long after having returned from Spalding Folk Club and local Appalachian clog dance team Slapdash’s outdoor Sunday afternoon concert on the beautiful lawns of Ayscoughfee Hall.

We started off in beautiful sunshine but the event was unfortunately cut short by several minutes as the rain began to set in.

The Friends of Ayscoughfee Association’s summer concerts are always popular and the natural amphitheatre of the gardens, with its dense walls of ancient, topiaried yews and mellow brick stage backdrop is a colourful setting for the audience and performers alike.

Needless to say this is one of our favourite community events with its very traditional English, folky atmosphere.

The programme was a mixture of morris tunes from the combined members plus songs from Jed Laxton, Paul Dickinson and Angela King, Bev and Jon Healy, Tom O’Dwyer, Liz Padgett, Akmed’s Camel, Martin Browne, Paul Brightman with Angela King plus a set of tunes from melodeon wizard Pete Redman.

Spalding Folk Club’s September guests on Wednesday at South Holland Centre in Spalding will be young folk band Fred’s House. Doors open at 8pm for an 8.15pm start.

The five-piece band from Cambridge is establishing itself on the acoustic music scene with their mixture of folk, blues, country, classic rock and West Coast genres energetically delivered with uplifting harmonies and quality musicianship.

Looking ahead, tonight at Arts Coritani, Swineshead, the Last Thursday Acoustic Music Club’s guests are Boston’s blues harp and guitar duo Barry Forbes and John Hubbard plus floor singers (8pm).

Spalding Folk Club’s music session at the Lincoln Arms, Spalding, will take place on Thursday, September 10 (8pm). Admission is free and musicians and listeners are welcomed.

The club’s singaround follows on Thursday 17th at the Welland Yacht Club, Cradge Bank, at 8pm.

Again admission is free but you are encouraged to support the raffle. Visitors and performers are also welcomed.