As I get older I am amazed at the wealth of talented, young performers coming through into the world of folk music.
The packed festival marquees and concert venues are testimony to their musical ability and we are safe in the knowledge that the tradition, although dynamically and progressively changing, will continue in good health.
At the same time it is comforting to know that there are still a few of the ‘Old Brigade’ out and about on the club scene. We had the pleasure of one such seasoned performer as our guest at Spalding Folk Club on Wednesday, August 2. Bram Taylor has been performing for over 40 years and earned his spurs appearing at folk clubs, arts centres and festivals both here and abroad. He has appeared in Spalding several times down the years but returned this time after a break of seven years.
He used his clear, fine voice, unique guitar style and occasionally concertina and baritone ukulele to good effect to bring us a mixed repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs. Of special note was his rendition of Brian Bedford’s ‘Wings’ in a special tribute to the late Vin Garbutt. It was good to see Bram back on the circuit again, especially as a serious accident to his left hand threatened to curtail his performing career. Happily, through expert surgery and physiotherapy, he has been restored to his former self.
○ Looking ahead to Thursday, (August 17) Spalding Folk Club’s singaround starts at 8pm at the Welland Yacht Club, Cradge Bank, Spalding. A warm welcome is extended to anyone wishing to come along and join in with the music or just listen.
○ On Sunday, August 20, there is an afternoon open mic session at The Old Ship Inn, Pointon near Sleaford (2-5pm) – details from Rick and Annette on 07827 953252 and, just five miles further south at The Hare and Hounds, Haconby, there is the Haconby Unplugged singaround session (8pm).
○ Collyweston Folk Club is at The Collyweston Slater on Monday 21 – contact Bob Bakewell 0116 2593395 (8pm). Also on the same day, back at the Hare and Hounds in Haconby, Pete Shaw and friends host the Haconby Hare music session (8pm).
○ Thursday, August 24, at the John Clare Cottage café in Woodgate, Helpston, there is the Acoustic Café with Rev Dave Maylor (6.30 for 7pm start). Contact 01733 253330.
○ Finally, on Monday 28, at The Green Dragon, Market Place, Swineshead, Tom and Anne host a tune and song session (8pm). Contact 01775 822569.