Folk in and around Spalding

Joseph Topping.
Joseph Topping.
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A regular column by Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne.

As I write this we are getting the caravan ready for our second folk festival weekend of the summer.

Two weeks ago we volunteered as stewards at Ely Folk Festival and what a great time we had. Other than our ten or so hours on duty there was plenty of time to take in the acts, sample the real ales, sing a few songs of our own or just chill out and catch up with friends.

It is our old favourite Warwick Folk Festival that we are preparing for at the moment and, like Ely, it has a self-contained campus with everything the festivalgoer might need including a vast array of food stalls, instrument shops, clothing stalls and of course the obligatory beer tent.

The town itself also gets very much involved with the festivities and the streets are alive with music and dancing.

We have Moira Furnace and Shrewsbury festivals to come during August to round off the season.

Spalding Folk Club’s guest on Wednesday, August 3 is Joe Topping.

He has appeared here before with fiddle player Joe Wright and with the late John Wright’s band. This time he appears solo.

Joe has a superb voice and is a very accomplished guitarist and mandolin player as well as being an excellent songwriter. Come along for a great summer’s evening.

Other folk events in the area for the next fortnight start tonight with the Last Thursday

Acoustic Club at Arts Coritani, Granary Lane, High Street, Swineshead (8pm). Guests are local band Crossing the Tracks plus floor spots.

Next Sunday, August 31 there is Lincoln Folk Festival at the Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln (2-10pm).

Guests include Lindisfarne, Julie Felix, and Gilmore & Roberts.

Tickets from the box office or contact 01472 349222.

The Masons Folk and Acoustic Club holds a singaround at the Mason’s Arms, South Street, Bourne on Tuesday, August 2 (8pm), and Friday, August 5 is First Fridays Singaround at the Wishing Well, Dyke, Bourne (8pm).

Sunday, August 7 is the Lincolnshire Day of Folk at the George, Leadenham. It is a free, all-day celebration of folk music and dance featuring many Lincolnshire dancers and musicians.

Finally on Monday, August 8 at the Eagle, West Street, Boston, there is a summer singaround at Boston Folk Club.