A fortnightly look at the local folk scene

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby.
Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby.
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Martin Browne’s fortnightly look at the local folk scene.

Jinski were Spalding Folk Club’s guests at the South Holland Centre on March 5.

The very personable male duo did not take long in engaging an enthusiastic audience and treated us to a mixture of their own original songs and some well-known favourites. Among these was the Geordie traditional Byker Hill, Neil Young’s Heart of Gold and Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land.

The audience joined in all eagerly and tunefully.

Pleasant vocals, subtle and interesting interplay between their two guitars and an amiable banter provided those present with a most enjoyable evening.

A good measure of the success of any folk club performance is how many CDs the artists sell: I was left in no doubt that they were very happy in that department.

Spalding Folk Club’s next guests will be the ever popular Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby on April 2.

Cathryn Craig is from Richmond, Virginia, and has built a strong reputation as both singer and songwriter. She is no stranger to Tennessee’s Nashville recording studios, working with the likes of Chet Atkins and the Righteous Brothers.

Brian Willoughby is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has also played with many artists including Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, Roger Whittaker and Monty Python.

The club’s monthly tune session will be held in the bar at the Lincoln Arms, Bridge Street, Spalding, at about 8.30pm today and the singaround will take place at the Welland Yacht Club, Cradge Bank at 8pm next Thursday, March 20. Admission to both events is free although taking part in the raffle at the singaround is encouraged to help cover venue hire.

Liz Padgett’s next fortnightly two hour folk broadcast starts at 7pm on Tuesday, March 25 on Spalding’s very own Tulip Radio – 107.5FM or by directplay from their website www.tulip-radio.co.uk

Tom Lane hosts his weekly half-hour of folk on 94.9FM BBC Radio Lincolnshire every Wednesday at 6.30pm.

To keep abreast with what is going on in Spalding’s folk scene visit www.spaldingfolkclub.co.uk, the club’s own Facebook page or Pete Shaw’s www.peterboroughfolkdiary.org.uk