Folk in Spalding and the surrounding area

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A regular column from Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne.

Well, it is officially December, the month of Christmas, as I am sure we are all well aware. It is a month when the media surrounds us with the cosy and the familiar and a time for renewing acquaintance with old friends. So it is with Spalding Folk Club’s guests for this mellow month in the person of established favourites Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher who join us at South Holland Centre on Wednesday, December 7 (8.15pm).

Bill and Dave have been around on the Lincolnshire folk scene for many years and, deservedly, have won acclaim further afield in clubs and festivals. Dave’s powerful, mellifluous singing and Bill’s sympathetic, understated harmonies are underpinned by Bill’s skilful concertina accompaniment. Add to this their usual curmudgeonly humour and audience rapport and you have a class act.

I am not on my own in saying that I have never left a Bill and Dave concert without feeling uplifted. You can be assured of a great night.

Just a reminder that from January’s folk club night onwards we will be starting at the earlier time of 8pm.

Other folk events in the area start on Thursday with Spalding Folk Club’s singaround at the Welland Yacht Club (8pm). All welcome and free admission.

The Masons Folk and Acoustic Club is on Tuesday at the Mason’s Arms, Bourne (8pm).

Next Friday, December 9 there is a chance for a pre-Christmas workout at the No Frills Ceilidh at St Mary’s Church Hall, Pinchbeck (7.45pm). The Beltonas with caller Sue Gray will be your hosts along with Appalachian clog dance performances by Slapdash. Refreshments and cake are available but bring your own other drinks.

On Sunday, December 11 there is an afternoon event – the Sibsey Second Sunday Session – at the White Hart, Sibsey (2-5pm) and in the evening there is a singaround at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby (8pm).

Finally, Boston Folk Club holds its Christmas Party at the Eagle, Boston on Monday, December 12 (8.15pm).

Don’t forget the excellent radio folk music coverage we have in the county with Tom Lane’s weekly folk spot as part of Jono Brine’s The Music on BBC Radio Lincolnshire every Wednesday (6-7pm) and Spalding’s own Liz Padgett with her fortnightly two-hour programme on Tulip Radio (7-9pm). Next programme on Tuesday, December 13th. Both programmes can be heard on local radio and via their respective websites.