ALBUM REVIEW: Bridging the gap between folk and rock unexpectedly

The Walls I Built, Hollie Haines, Self-Released, Out Now

Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage sing together on their debut album as a duo, Before the Sun, out now on Sungrazing Records.  Photo by Rosie Hardy.

ALBUM REVIEW: Experience the ‘healing power of music’ through Hannah and Ben

Before The Sun, Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage, Sungrazing Records, Out Now

Spalding acoustic singer-songwriter Meg McPartlin.  Photo supplied.

MUSIC REVIEW: Songstress in contention to star on much bigger stages

Meg McPartlin at The Punchbowl, Spalding

Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage were the guests of Spalding Folk Club this month.  Photo by Rosie Hardy.

Chance meeting turns into folk symmetry for a pair of “troubadours” after audiences’ hearts

Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage, Spalding Folk Club at South Holland Centre, Spalding

A section of Boston Sinfonia perform at The Stump.  Photo by David Compton.

CONCERT REVIEW: Another coming of age for The Stump’s finest music ambassadors

Boston Sinfonia, with guest clarinettist Neil Atkinson, St Botolph’s Church, Boston

Stax Classics' 60th anniversary is marked with a series of 12-track albums, including one featuring Booker T and the MG's.  Photo supplied by Pomona Books and Music.

Godfathers of northern soul start a 60th birthday gig

Booker T and the MG’s, Stax Classics, Concord Music Group, Out Now

Soul legend Otis Redding is being celebrated during the 60th anniversary year of Stax Records.

Otis was the star who transformed Stax Records

The simply titled “Otis Redding” is one of the classic albums being released to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Stax Records.

DEEPINGS BLISS: Members of The Fenland Consort at Priory Church, Deeping St James.  Pictured (from left) are Kathryn Such (flute), Terry Noble (violin), Brian Stout (glockenspiel), Judy Buijs (viola), John Hollins (flute and keyboard), Liz Atkins (double bass), Tom Parker (violin) and Henk Buijs (cello).  Photo by John Marsh.

CONCERT REVIEW: Rich tapestry lets ageless works loose for a new life

The Fenland Consort, Music at the Priory, Priory Church, Deeping St James

Staff at The Punchbowl in Spalding, including licensee Pete Williams (back third right) and Ellis Taylor-Williams (front left) with musician John Campbell (back third left) of Jimi Hendrix Experience tribute band Are You Experienced? who were in action on Bank Holiday Monday.  Photos (MICHAEL FYSH): SG290517-075MF.

All about Jimi at The Punchbowl’s music weekend

A Spalding pub paid homage to a music legend’s visit to Spalding 50 years ago with an entertainment “experience” for the bank holiday.

IN FEET FIRST: Kat Brittain and her band are performing at  Mind Aid at Alive Corn Exchange, King's Lynn, on Saturday, June 24, and then at Festival Too, also in King's Lynn, on Friday, July 14.  Photo by Jon Seymour.

ALBUM REVIEW: Rich rewards for a northern soul singer who chose to ‘jump in feet first’

I Can and I Will, Kat Brittain, Self-Released, Out Now

Brass Band will be in Market Place on Saturday from 11am until 2pm.  SG110911-125NG.

Spalding Brass Band to strike up a note for market day

Members of a Spalding-based band will be making some noise for shoppers on Saturday in an effort to draw new members.

Whats on
Humanz by Gorillaz

New Gorillaz offering exceptional from start to finish


By Gorillaz

Parlaphone and Warner Bros

PLATINUM NIGHT: Robin Carter (second left), conductor and musical director of the South Holland Singers, at St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding, with (from left) Alex Aldren (tenor), Hannah Poulsom (mezzo-soprano), James Geidt (bass) and Carrie-Ann Williams (soprano).  Photo by Marnie McMorran.

CONCERT REVIEW: Mass chorus provides night to remember in choir’s platinum year

South Holland Singers, with the Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra, Miriness Singers and soloists, Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn, St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding

Surfleet Seas End acoustic singer-songwriter Tommy Loose's third studio album, (I'm Gonna) Tell God Everything.  Artwork by Nik Gernert.

ALBUM REVIEW: Pulling at the heartstrings before a loud thunderclap

(I’m Gonna) Tell God Everything, Tommy Loose, Self-Released, Out Now

Surfleet Seas End acoustic singer-songwriter Tommy Loose's second album, Carrying the Unfixable.  Artwork by Nik Gernert.

ALBUM REVIEW: Getting it all out of your system and onto disc

Carrying The Unfixable, Tommy Loose, Self-Released, Out Now

ALBUM REVIEW: Stop what you’re doing and just dance!

ALBUM REVIEW: Stop what you’re doing and just dance!

Youth by Tinie Tempah


DISTRICT VOICES: South Holland Singers in concert at St Mary & St Nicolas Church, Spalding, in December 2015.


At 7pm on Thursday, December 11, 1947, a chorus of 39 women and 15 men were seated inside Spalding’s St Mary and St Nicolas Church ready to perform Handel’s “Messiah”.

PAVAROTTI TRIBUTE: German organist Claudia Hirschfeld and tenor Johannes Gross (right) at Swineshead Village Hall,  with Dutch keyboard player DirkJan Ranzijn (left) and Alan Pilgrim of Essex.

CONCERT REVIEW: German tenor and organmeister make friends for life in Swineshead

The memories of German organist Claudia Hirschfeld and tenor Johannes Gross will live on long after works by Verdi, Puccini and Shostakovich fade away.

Youngsters from Act II busy in rehearsal for Disco Inferno.

Not my favourite show but some stellar singing nonetheless


By Act II Theatre Company

South Holland Centre

Polka Dot Panto

Auditions for Aladdin coming up

Following the success of Beauty and the Beast at Spalding’s South Holland Centre in December, Polka Dot Pantomimes is looking for local children to take part in this year’s festive extravaganza, Aladdin.

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