Busy folk diary will suit all tastes

US-born Tania Opland and Mancunian Mike Freeman are at South Holland Centre on May 7.
US-born Tania Opland and Mancunian Mike Freeman are at South Holland Centre on May 7.
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A busy fortnight of folk music events in the south Lincolnshire area starts on Thursday with The Last Thursday Club at the Wheatsheaf Acoustic Club, Swineshead, at 8pm.

The guests are Spilsby duo Paul Hickson and Nigel Young who are performing songs accompanied by guitar and mandolin.

Supporting the pair is resident performer Colan Campbell and other singers, so call 01205 820014 for more details.

Also on Thursday at The Barn, Baston, Anna Massey and Mairearad Green are in concert, playing instruments such as guitar, banjo, fiddle, accordion and bagpipes.

This event is often sold out so call 01778 560497 to reserve a seat.

Looking ahead, a No Frills Ceilidh and Barn Dance with The Beltonas is on at St Mary’s Church Hall, Rose Lane, Pinchbeck, on Friday at 7.45pm.

The Slapdash Appalachian Dancers are also performing and guests can bring their own drinks or have tea, coffee and home-made cakes.

On Sunday, Spalding Folk Club is giving an outdoor concert in the grounds of Ayscoughfee Hall and Museum from 2pm until 4pm, while on Monday, there is a tune and song session at the Pig and Whistle, Market Place, Swineshead, starting at 8pm.

For more information, call 01205 280749.

Now here are a couple of dates for your diaries, starting with Bourne Folk and Acoustic Club which is having a singaround at The Mason’s Arms, South Street, Bourne, on Tuesday May 6 at 8pm and for more details, call 07593 954990.

But perhaps the main folk music event in south Lincolnshire over the next few weeks is Spalding Folk Club’s welcoming of Mike Freeman and Tania Opland to the South Holland Centre on Wednesday May 7 at 8.15pm.

This is a must-not-miss event for anyone who likes world music as Mike and Tania between them play the guitar, hammer dulcimer, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy, Native American flute, cittern and fiddle.

Their repertoire covers a broad spectrum from traditional folk music to world music, thrilling audiences in both the UK and USA.

Tania is from the US state of Alaska, while Mike is from Manchester but they have been performing together since 1995, so a fascinating musical journey is in prospect.