Folk news from the Spalding area

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

It has been an interesting and busy week for us and a reminder of the wealth of folk events that are available in the area. The last Thursday Acoustic Music Club at Arts Coritani’s studio in Swineshead had Horncastle’s country-blues and ragtime band Itchy Fingers as its featured guest and they gave us a high energy, tightly-produced set of music. This venue presents a fairly eclectic mix of musical genres with an acoustic bias and yet follows the traditional folk club format of main guest plus floor singers.

On Saturday we had the pleasure of attending Sleaford duo Winter Wilson’s new album launch concert at their local Sleaford Playhouse theatre.

Since going fully professional a couple of years ago they are finding themselves busily touring in all areas of the UK and have just returned from a tour in Europe.

The new album, Ashes and Dust, contains more songwriting gems from Dave Wilson and many of these were performed on the night alongside some old favourites from way back such as This Day Is Mine from their now out-of-print CD Matter of Time. Their musicianship and rich vocal harmonies get better and better each time we hear them. Life on the road certainly seems to agree with them and they have developed into a class act.

From a high quality performance two numbers were particularly outstanding: Kip Winter’s breathy, lilting flute rendition of the Scottish pipe air Dark Island and the poignant Dave Wilson song, Doreen and Joe, about a couple watching the years pass, forever awaiting a positive outcome to a pregnancy test.

At Moulton Chapel’s Tuliptime Parade last Sunday a small group of us from Spalding Folk Club provided entertainment to the waiting crowds with a few traditional tunes. It is so heartening to witness the enthusiasm of the many spectators for this family community event and testimony to the hard work of the organisers and participants.

On Saturday Spalding Folk Club members will be giving a concert at Quadring’s St Margaret’s hall (7.30pm). Tickets £5 (children free) from Janet Young on 01775 821229.

On Monday, May 9 Boston Folk Club at the Eagle (8.15pm), has Richie, Parish, Richie as their guests. This Canadian trio were former members of the band Tanglefoot.

The Lincoln Arms music session in Spalding is next Thursday (8pm) and on Friday, May 13 there is a No Frills Ceilidh at St Mary’s church hall (7.45pm). Bring your own drinks but tea and coffee are available and home-made cakes for sale. Caller Sue Gray, music by the Beltonas and dance displays by Slapdash.