A fortnightly look at South Holland’s folk scene

Spalding Folk Club members entertain in Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding.
Spalding Folk Club members entertain in Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding.
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Written by Martin Browne, of Spalding Folk Club.

Spalding Folk Club’s outreach programme has had a fairly busy diary recently.

Sunday, August 31 found us in hot, sunny weather in the beautiful grounds of Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding. A large audience brought along a colourful array of portable chairs and picnic blankets to bask in the summer warmth against the backdrop of the ancient yew trees.

The two-hour concert was a mixture of English dance tunes, songs and a display of Appalachian clog dance by the ever energetic Slapdash.

A week later a similar mix of tune, song and dance was provided by folk club members and Slapdash at Surfleet Carnival.

On Tuesday evening a small group of folk club members appeared at the Curlew Centre ladies’ group in Sutton Bridge. This has become a regular event over the last few years and was originally held in Tydd Gote. It has become quite a favourite venue for us.

The previous Wednesday, Spalding Folk Club’s guests, The Willows, gave a great evening to the largest audience this year. The five band members are extremely competent musicians and their songs were beautifully presented with sweet harmonies and tight musical arrangements. Their performance was all the more appreciated thanks to an excellent sound setup by Eddie Dalley and Paul Dickinson.

Tonight marks the return, after a short summer break, of the tune session at the Lincoln Arms, Spalding (8.30pm). There is no admission charge and you are welcome to join in or just soak up the atmosphere.

With the commencement of The Great War being commemorated recently there is an interesting concert due to be held on Tuesday, September 16 at the Key Theatre, Peterborough. Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle – Made in the Great War – is a multimedia performance involving Sam, fellow Bellowhead member Paul Sartin, concertina player Rob Harbron and storyteller Hugh Lupton. It tells the tale of a violin that Sam bought in 2009 which was started in 1915, but never completed, by a luthier who was conscripted and fell at the battle of Messines Ridge. Tickets on 01733 207239.

Next Thursday is Spalding Folk Club singaround at Welland Yacht Club (8pm). There is no charge for admission but your support of the raffle is welcomed.