Folk in Spalding and the surrounding area

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A fortnightly column by Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne.

Folk music is very much alive and kicking here in Lincolnshire.

Last Thursday we visited Colan and Rosi Campbell’s Last Thursday Acoustic Music Club at Arts Coritani, Swineshead. This is developing into a quality, well-attended music venue in the form of a house concert, usually with a guest act but with a bias towards providing music from performers within the audience. The format is obviously working and we were treated to a great night of music culminating in another superb performance from Sleaford duo Winter Wilson.

Tonight, at South Holland Centre (8pm), Pennsylvania USA country/folk trio The Stray Birds will be in concert to mark the opening of their 15-venue UK tour. Having grown up together they started to gain recognition in 2012 with their first self-titled independent album and have played at several major festivals including Merlefest, Cambridge and Celtic Connections. Expect an evening of rhythmic playing and lush three-part harmonies from the hands and voices of Maya de Vitry (fiddle, guitar and banjo), Oliver Craven (fiddle, guitar and mandolin) and Charles Muench (banjo and bass). They will be promoting their recently-released album Magic Fire created in conjunction with three-time Grammy Award-winning producer Larry Campbell.

Tomorrow is First Fridays Folk singaround at the Wishing Well, Dyke (8pm). On Sunday, Sibsey Second Sunday Session holds its afternoon of songs and tunes at the White Hart (2-5pm), and at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby, there is a singaround session (8pm).

Boston Folk Club’s guests at the Eagle on Monday are the male/female duo Hungrytown from Vermont USA (8pm).

Spalding Folk Club has its monthly music session at the Lincoln Arms next Thursday, October 13 (8pm). On Friday, October 14, at South Holland Centre (8pm), there is a concert featuring Demon Barbers XL. This will be an atmospheric evening of energetic, fast-paced music and dance: a mixture of vibrant folk music, clog dancing, break dance and hip-hop.

Ashley Hutchings (of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and Albion Band) is appearing with Becky Mills (Waking the Witch) at Morton Village Hall on Saturday, October 15 (7.30pm). 01778 570370 or email Finally, on Monday, October 17, there is a tune session at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby (8pm).