Local folk scene in south Lincolnshire

Phil Biggs.
Phil Biggs.

Spalding Folk Club held its February event last Wednesday at the Lounge Bar in the South Holland Centre.

Dan McKinnon, a Canadian from Halifax, Nova Scotia, gave us a mixed repertoire of finely-crafted songs accompanied by sensitive, complementary guitar picking. Dan’s mellow, baritone voice and easy, informative conversation took us on a guided tour steeped in the history and traditions of his homeland.

He is a prolific and skilled writer and treated us to 11 of his own compositions among which Deep Water, Kith and Kin and Remember Me were particularly poignant. Canadian folk legend, the late Stan Rogers, is a real favourite songwriter of Dan’s and his renditions of Lies and, particularly, White Squall, were beautifully interpreted.

The usual mix of songs and poetry from the floor balanced off a very pleasant evening. A special mention should be made of two lovely songs performed by Hannah Sanders who travelled all the way from south Cambridgeshire to share her music with us.

On Thursday there will be the usual monthly tune session in the bar at the Lincoln Arms, Bridge Street, at about 8.30pm, and February 20 brings us to Spalding Folk Club’s singaround at the Welland Yacht Club, Cradge Bank, at 8pm. This is hosted by our jovial MC, Colin Hayes. All are made most welcome to sing, play, dance, read poetry or just have fun watching and listening to the rest of us.

Liz Padgett’s next fortnightly two hours of folk starts at 7pm on Tuesday, February 25 on Spalding’s very own Tulip Radio – 107.5FM or by direct play from the website www.tulip-radio.co.uk.

Tom Lane hosts his weekly half-hour of folk, with a Lincolnshire bias, on 94.9FM BBC Radio Lincolnshire every Wednesday at 6.30pm.

Finally, there are a couple of items to look forward to on Thursday, February 27. Firstly, at the Barn at Baston, Alan and Maggie Wood’s popular concert venue is featuring the Long Hill Ramblers including Laura Hockenhull’s vocals, Tab Hunter on guitar, Ben Paley on fiddle and Dan Stewart on banjo and mandolin. Start time is 8pm – contact 01778 560497 for details. Secondly, Spalding area’s own Phil Biggs will be appearing solo at the Last Thursday Acoustic Music Club, The Wheatsheaf, Swineshead, starting at 8pm. Call 01205 820014 for details.