All the latest from the South Holland Centre, Spalding
If you’re watching Reginald D Hunter’s current BBC TV series ‘Songs of the South’, chances are you’re a huge Americana music fan – but you don’t have to travel too far to get a fix of the real thing!
There’s a smattering of Southern-style gigs coming up at the South Holland Centre, including a highly anticipated concert by North Carolina hotshots, Woody Pines, this Thursday night.
The band belt out songs of fast cars and hard luck stories with a distinctive vintage twang on National Guitar, double bass, harmonica and floor tom.
The last time Woody Pines toured the UK, reviewers unanimously declared them one of the most entertaining acts on the Americana circuit: with legendary ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris telling listeners to his BBC Radio 2 show that he thought they were “superb”; and American Roots UK urging people to “go and see them, you won’t regret it”.
Now the three-piece return for their biggest UK and Ireland tour to date, promising to deliver an intoxicating blend of stringband, country blues, ragtime and jug band music. Catch them at the Centre this Thursday at 8pm. Tickets are £12, £10 concessions, and £7.50 for under 26s.
Keeping with the US theme – folklorist, musician and native New Yorker Jeff Warner appears as Spalding Folk Club’s special guest tomorrow night.
All are welcome to enjoy his traditional English and American banjo tunes and sailor songs in the warm atmosphere of the Centre’s lounge bar from 8pm. Admission is £6.
Meanwhile, watch this space for more news of upcoming gigs by The Sarah Gillespie Quartet who perform the songs of Chattanooga’s ‘Empress of the Blues’ Bessie Smith on Saturday, April 25; and Canada’s old-time roots sensations Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys who steam into town on Wednesday, May 13. Yee-ha!