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Musical comedy duo Quicksilver are guests at Spalding Folk Club in March.
Musical comedy duo Quicksilver are guests at Spalding Folk Club in March.
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We seem to be going through a quiet period regarding folk events so it might be an appropriate moment to look ahead to the forthcoming guests at Spalding Folk Club for the rest of the year. The club always holds its event on the first Wednesday of the month at the South Holland Centre and starts at 8pm.

March’s guests are Quicksilver, a musical comedy duo comprising Grant Baynham, who held a regular musical spot on the BBC programme That’s Life, and Hilary Spencer of Artisan and Mrs. Ackroyd Band (with Les Barker). Both are competent performers in their own right but together – well, be assured of an hilarious evening.

April sees the return of the Hut People (Sam Pirt on accordion and Gary Hammond, percussion). Miranda Sykes, a local favourite who has gone on to great things with Show of Hands and as a duo with Rex Preston, comes back to the area to perform in her own right as the club’s May guest.

In June, previous solo guest Hannah Sanders teams up with Ben Savage who also has been here before with the Willows. July welcomes back the honeyed voice of Bob Fox. An accomplished musician, Bob has enjoyed considerable success as the music man in War Horse.

After too long an absence Lancastrian Bram Taylor will appear as August’s guest and in September we look forward to first-time visitors the Teacups.

Rising stars of the festival scene Sid Goldsmith and Jimmy Aldridge will take the stage in October and Pilgrim’s Way, again regulars of the festivals, will rejoin us in November. Finally, in December, local professional duo currently on tour in Australia and New Zealand, Winter Wilson will conclude this year’s calendar.

Back to the present. On Thursday (Feb 23) Alden, Patterson and Dashwood are at the Barn at Baston (8pm). Please contact 01778 560497 to check for ticket availability. Also on Thursday, at Last Thursday Acoustic Music Club, Arts Coritani, High Street, Swineshead, the guest is blues guitarist L’il Ian Goodsman (8pm).

There is a tune and song session at the Green Dragon (formerly the Pig and Whistle) in Market Place, Swineshead, on Monday (Feb 27) at 8pm.

First Fridays’ Folk singaround is on March 3 (8pm) at the Wishing Well, Dyke. Also on Friday there is a No Frills Ceilidh at St Mary’s Church Hall in Pinchbeck featuring the Beltonas with caller Sue Gray and a dance display by Slapdash Appalachian dancers (7.45pm-10.30pm).

Thursday, March 7, is the Mason’s Folk and Acoustic Club singaround at the Mason’s Arms, South Street, Bourne (8pm). Finally, on March 8 there is a recently started singaround at the Bull, High Street, Rippingale (8pm). This will be a regular event on every second Wednesday of the month.