Following a folk music-packed fortnight of concerts we now approach a period of comparative quiet for the next two weeks before the summer festival season gets under way.
This in no way means there is nothing happening on the folk front. Singarounds and music sessions are regularly available throughout the area and for the more energetic among us there are ceilidhs and morris, clog and other traditional dance sessions.
The advantage of singarounds and music sessions is that there is usually no charge for admission – maybe just a raffle to help cover venue costs. There is no compunction to participate if you do not wish to but any newcomer who would like to perform is actively and sympathetically encouraged.
If you have access to the internet there is a wealth of information about what is on and three local, specialist folk-based sites in particular are well worth a visit.
Pete Shaw’s information-filled website at www.peterboroughfolkdiary.org.uk covers a substantial area centred on Peterborough and lists all things folk from concerts through folk clubs, singarounds, sessions and workshops to many varied dance forms.
Tom and Ali Beaumont’s Fizgig site at www.users.tinyonline.co.uk/fizgig-tom/folkgigs performs a similar service in the mid-Lincolnshire area but with more of a musical bias including several blues events.
In the north of the county, although each of these sites has some overlap in its geographical coverage, Jim Hancock hosts www.folktalk.co.uk
There are far too many events to list here, but Boston Folk Club at The Eagle, West Street, Boston PE21 8RE has Jeff Warner from Portsmouth, New Hampshire as its guest on Monday at 8.15pm. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons.
On Thursday, June 12 at the Lincoln Arms, Spalding, at 8.30pm, it’s Spalding Folk Club music session.
And don’t forget your local folk radio coverage. Tom Lane’s weekly Wednesday folk spot on BBC Radio Lincolnshire (6.30-7pm) 94.9 FM or listen online; Liz Padgett’s fortnightly two hours of folk music on Tulip Radio (next one June 17, 7-9pm) on 107.5 FM or online from www.tulip-radio.co.uk