Folk in Spalding and district

Musicians Paul Dickinson and Liz Padgett.
Musicians Paul Dickinson and Liz Padgett.
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A regular column from Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne.

What a folk-filled fortnight it has been. Since I last wrote, Winnipeg, Canada trio Red Moon Road (guests at Spalding Folk Club a year last April) were over here on tour again. They called in, overnighted with us and gave us a delightful, mini private house concert. No sooner had they set off for their next venue the following day when the folk club’s October guest David Francey and his accompanist, James McKie (also Canadians) dropped by ready for that night’s performance.

What a performance they gave us too! David entertained a packed and enthusiastic audience with his incisive songwriting and informative background narrative to each of his songs. James’ accompaniment on guitar was skilful, understated and complemented David’s singing admirably. There was one self-indulgent moment, however, when David stood back to allow James to showcase his playing with some fast and furious Bluegrass solos which elicited a prolonged round of applause from the audience.

Bluegrass music was very much in evidence the following night on Thursday 6th October, at the South Holland Centre, when Stray Birds were in concert. As expected theirs was a tight, rhythmic performance filled with soaring close harmonies and virtuoso playing that had the audience enthusiastically applauding.

Friday 14th saw us again at the South Holland Centre being thoroughly entertained by the Demon Barbers XL. This extravaganza of sound, light and dance was energetically performed by frontman Damien Barber with his breathtaking dancers and first-rate musicians. A refreshing, modern take on traditional folk songs fused with hip hop, break dance and funk.

In between all this members of Spalding Folk Club’s outreach programme and Slapdash Appalachian dancers were out dancing, singing and playing tunes on Sunday 9th at the Corby Glen Sheep Fair and then again on Tuesday 11th at the Curlew Centre, Sutton Bridge.

Thursday is Spalding Folk Club’s singaround at the Welland Yacht Club, Cradge Bank (8pm). Friday 21st Eddie Dalley, Penny Sykes, Liz Padgett & Martin Browne, the Beltonas and Slapdash are giving a concert at the Market House, Long Sutton (7.30pm) – 01406 366767 for details.

At the Pig and Whistle, Market Place, Swineshead on Monday 24th there is a song and tune session (8pm). Thursday 27th at the Barn, Main Street, Baston the guests are the Dovetail Trio (8pm). Call 01778 560497 for ticket availability. On the same night the Last Thursday Acoustic Music Club’s guest is Ron Trueman-Border.

The No Frills Ceilidh is on Friday 28th at St Mary’s Church Hall, Rose Lane, Pinchbeck (7.30pm). Finally, the Masons Folk and Acoustic Club is on Tuesday 1st November at the Mason’s Arms, South Street, Bourne (8pm).