Folk music in Spalding and further afield

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There is a wealth of folk-based activity going on in the Spalding and south Lincolnshire area, writes Martin Browne.

This includes folk clubs, singarounds, music sessions, concerts – in venues ranging from village halls to arts centres, workshops, dedicated radio programmes and dance teams.

It is worth mentioning here that although many organisations providing folk entertainment describe themselves as clubs they do not have a closed membership and all are welcome.

Details of these events, for those who have access to the internet, is readily available on local folk websites thanks to the dedication of such providers as Pete Shaw: www.peterboroughfolkdiary.org.uk operating in the south of the county; Tom and Ali Beaumont: users.tinyonline.co.uk/fizgig-tom/folkgigs based in the middle of the county and Jim Hancock: www.folktalk.co.uk from the north.

There are several events to watch out for in the coming fortnight.

In Spalding on Wednesday, February 5 (8.15pm) in South Holland Centre, Spalding Folk Club welcomes back Canadian singer/songwriter Dan McKinnon.

Dan’s warm baritone voice and sensitive guitar are the perfect medium for his broad repertoire of songs ranging from the traditional through to those of his own writing.

In Boston on Monday, February 10 (8.15pm) at the Eagle, Boston Folk Club’s guest is Richard Digance. Tickets are likely to be in short supply – contact Greg Swain on 01205 358783.

On the same date, in the Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham (7.30pm), BBC Folk Awards winner Chris Wood is in concert.

On the airwaves Tom Lane hosts a folk spot on BBC Radio Lincolnshire 94.9FM every Wednesday (6.30pm-7pm).

Spalding Folk Club’s own Liz Padgett presents a fortnightly two-hour folk music programme on Tulip Radio 107.5FM or by live stream from www.tulip-radio.co.uk – next one on Tuesday, February 11 (7-9pm).

Last Thursday, Alan and Maggie Wood put on one of their regular folk concerts at the Barn in Baston. Ex-Battlefield Band guitarist and vocalist Alistair Russell and accordion and melodeon maestro Chris Parkinson delighted the audience with mainly Celtic songs. These accomplished performers will be appearing at Spalding Folk Club next year.