Spalding Folk Club musicians and dancers perform at sheep fair

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A regular column from the club’s Martin Browne.

Spalding Folk Club musicians and dancers were on an outdoor stage at one of their favourite venues on Sunday. The idyllic setting was the elevated market place nestling among the stone cottages of the picturesque village of Corby Glen.

They were holding their 777th annual Sheep Fair and, although the club has attended for many years, none of the members admitted to having been there at the very first. However, it would have been interesting to have witnessed a wandering minstrel or two back then in 1238 when Henry III granted the charter.

The weather could not have been better and the organisers must have been delighted at the turnout: by the end of the performance the market place was awash with visitors enthusiastically listening to the traditional music and songs and observing the agile steps of the Slapdash Appalachian clog dancers.

There is a feeling of timelessness and a sense of history when performing in such a truly folk event as this and a privilege to be a part of this lovely institution. Long may it flourish.

Events for your diary: tonight at Key Theatre, Peterborough, an Irish House Party featuring All Ireland Champion musicians and Irish dancing (7.30pm). Also tonight is Spalding Folk Club’s music session, Lincoln Arms, Spalding (8pm, free entry).

Tomorrow, Leveret are in concert at the Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham. Comprising established folk musicians Sam Sweeney, Andy Cutting

and Rob Harbron, the trio offers music firmly rooted in the English tradition but with a fresh approach alongside some new compositions (7.30pm).

On Saturday, Vin Garbutt is due to give a concert at Aslackby Village Hall (7.30pm) – 01778 440974 for tickets. Support from Patty Vetta and Dave Smith.

On Wednesday at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby, there is a singaround session (8pm). Spalding Folk Club has its singaround next Thursday at Welland Yacht Club (8pm). At the Marquis of Granby, Sleaford, there is a singaround song session on Sunday, October 18 (4-8pm). On Monday, October 19, again at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby, is the Haconby Hare tune session (8pm). South Holland Centre’s Acoustic Café is on Tuesday, October 20 (6-7.30pm). Contact Emily on 07713 200782 for a performance spot.