ALBUM REVIEW Traditional folk makes room for true bluegrass

The Dog That Would Not Be Washed

The Georgia Shackleton Trio

Self-Released, Out Now

The Georgia Shackleton Trio, Nic Zuppardi (vocals and mandolin), Georgia Shackleton (vocals and fiddle) and Aaren Bennett (vocals and guitar) at The Old Ship Inn, London Road, Long Sutton.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG160417-200TW.

MUSIC PROFILE: The Georgia Shackleton Trio explore new country sounds

An ancestor of one of the British Isles’s greatest explorers and two sensational “sultans of string” gave The Old Ship Inn, Long Sutton, a pub reopening to remember on Easter Day.

Roy Markillie outside Holbeach Bank's sports pavilion in January 2013.  

Photo:  SG110113-159TW.

Fundraiser for Holbeach Bank village pavilion

A fundraising event for Holbeach Bank Playing Field and Community Pavilion is taking place in Holbeach later this month.

WHO'S AFRAID: Acoustic singer-songwriter-guitarist Tommy Loose performs at The Annexe inside The Black Swan, Spalding. Photo by Gary Trueman.

MUSIC REVIEW: Annexe of strings that cried out for full house

Tommy Loose with Alisha Vickers and Josh Ellinor

Everybody’s Afraid Tour

The Annexe, The Black Swan, Spalding

PASSION NIGHT: Daffodils outside All Saints Church in Holbeach where the recital of John Stainer's 19th century choral work, The Crucifixion, was performed by Holbeach Church Choir, conducted by Barry Lancaster.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  

MUSIC REVIEW: Town recital gives Easter its right and proper place

Stainer’s The Crucifixion, Holbeach Parish Church Choir conducted by Barry Lancaster, with Howard Clinkard (tenor) and Dominic Rose (baritone)

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Tommy Loose brings his impressive fingerstyle to the harp guitar, performing live in Spalding on Friday April 7.

Surfleet Seas End musician performing live at the Annexe

Tommy Loose has played everything from the piano to the tuba, to classical guitar and forming the metal band Smokescreen.

Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys

LIVE MUSIC REVIEW: An amazing evening with true performers


Madama Butterfly

THEATRE REVIEW: We feel the ‘cheap’ seats were the better deal!

MADAMA BUTTERFLY – National Theatre Live – South Holland Centre, Spalding

Damage and Joy by The Jesus and Marychain

ALBUM REVIEW: Decent effort but it won’t convert the disbelievers

DAMAGE AND JOY – The Jesus and Marychain – Ada/Warner Music

ACOUSTIC NIGHT: Kirton-born pop singer-songwriter Phoebe Ophelia is on the bill for a night of music at The Black Swan's Annexe venue in New Road, Spalding, on Friday, April 7, at 8.30pm.  Photo supplied.

MUSIC PREVIEW: Teenage singers to grace The Black Swan’s Annexe

ACOUSTIC NIGHT: Tommy Loose’s “Everybody’s Afraid” tour, with guests Phoebe Ophelia and Alisha Vickers, The Annexe, The Black Swan, New Road, Spalding, Friday, April 7, 8.30pm.

Divide by Ed Sheeran

The best so far from million selling artist Ed

DIVIDE by Ed Sheeran, Asylum/Atlantic Records

LARKS ASCENDING: Nigel Morley conducts the Boston Sinfonia.  Photo by Andrew Malkin.

CONCERT REVIEW: Frampton stirs to the sound of orchestral larks flying

Boston Sinfonia - Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams and Schubert, St Mary’s Church, Frampton

STRING CONFESSIONALS: Spalding-based musician Tommy Loose whose new album, (I'm Gonna) Tell God Everything, comes out in April.  Photo by Dan Donovan.

SPALDING ACOUSTIC NIGHT PREVIEW: Guitar tales with no strings attached

Acoustic singer-songwriter Tommy Loose has been around the world and back since his days as a mainstay of Spalding’s annual Music in the Marketplace.

The Soft Tone Needles, featuring guitarist Jack Johnson, singer Kat Brittain and saxophonist Mark Wilkinson.  Photo supplied.

MUSIC FEATURE: Breaking down the barriers and marching to original beats

The Soft Tone Needles at the 2017 Holbeach Music and Beer Festival, August 4, 5 and 6

Philippa Hanna performs during her Speed of Light Tour concert at Spalding Baptist Church.  Photo supplied.

MUSIC INTERVIEW: ‘A wonderful evening of songs and storytelling’

Philippa Hanna - Speed of Light Tour at Spalding Baptist Church

Some of the cast of Act IIs Carrie: The Musical.

REVIEW: Famous flop gets new life as kids shine again


By Act II, at The Elizabethan Centre, Whaplode Drove

Theatre and Comedy
Philippa Hanna's fourth album, Speed of Light, is out now on the Resound Media label.  Photo by Rosie Hardy.

Album does exactly what it says on the front cover

An expected audience of about 200 people will be waiting for Christian singer-songwriter Philippa Hanna when she arrives in Spalding tonight.

Singer-songwriter Vimala Rowe as Billie Holiday in Cafe Society Swing.  Photo supplied.

Slow-burner to a sudden storm at New York jazz gig

Time and reality were suspended at Spalding’s South Holland Centre on Saturday night as Cafe Society Swing brought its own version of Doctor Who to town.

Spalding acoustic singer-songwriter Lucinda Flynn.  Photo supplied.

MUSIC REVIEW: Taking centre stage with an eye on bigger stages ahead

Lucinda Flynn, Acoustic Cafe - Youth Takeover, South Holland Centre, Spalding

Robb Johnson, one of folks finest songwriters, will be performing at Spalding Folk Club.

New performer at Spalding Folk Club tomorrow

Peter Coe, who was due to perform at the South Holland Centre tomorrow (Weds, Feb 1), has had to cancel due to illness.

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