Martin Browne of Spalding Folk Club takes a fortnightly look at the local folk scene.
The nights are starting to draw in as the seasons change. The television schedulers are already launching their winter epics presuming we now will be looking indoors for our entertainment.
Similarly, after the quiet summer recess, there is a noticeable increase in the number of folk-related concerts appearing in the next fortnight.
On Thursday the popular concerts at the Barn in Baston resume with Outside Track. They provide a line-up of fiddle, guitar, harp, whistles, accordion and bodhran and their blend of celtic tunes, dance and song has made them popular with the regulars at Baston. The concert has so far sold out but contact 01778 560497 for returned tickets at £10.
Also on Thursday, at Last Thursday at the Wheatsheaf, Swineshead, the guests are Lincolnshire favourites Winter Wilson. This is an excellent opportunity to hear some great music in an intimate atmosphere. Admission is £6, floor singers free. Contact 01205 820014.
On Friday there is a No Frills Ceilidh with music by The Beltonas and caller Sue Grey at St Mary’s Church Hall in Pinchbeck. This event is a 20th anniversary and reunion and runs from 7.45pm to 10.30pm. Tickets £4 on the door. Tea, coffee and home-made cakes on sale or bring your own drinks.
On Saturday (7.30pm) at The Key Theatre, Peterborough, BBC2 Folk Awards’ oft-times winner and nominee Chris Wood presents his None the Wiser concert with songs from his latest album of the same name. Tickets are £15, £13 concessions, from 01733 207239.
Spalding Folk Club’s guest on Wednesday (8.15pm) is the ever-popular Pete Morton. Tickets are £6 (£5 members) – details from 01406 381339.
Pete has always been a favourite of the club and sings, almost exclusively, his own witty, incisive songs with astute observations of the human condition. You will be guaranteed a mixture of emotions from the comedy of, say The Post Office Queue through the despair of Shores of Italy to the hope of Another Train.
Faustus is in concert at the Guildhall, Grantham, next Thursday (7.30pm) – admission is £12.50, concessions £11. Faustus comprise multi-instrumentalists Saul Rose, Benji Kirkpatrick and Paul Sartin who are also members of other established bands including Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast and Whapweasel.