Folk in south Lincolnshire

James Keelaghan: the guest of Spalding Folk Club at South Holland Centre, Spalding, on November 5
James Keelaghan: the guest of Spalding Folk Club at South Holland Centre, Spalding, on November 5
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A fortnightly column from Martin browne of Spalding Folk Club.

After a fairly busy fortnight on the folk calendar things seemed to have quietened down a little for the fortnight ahead but there are one or two notable events.

Tonight, at the Barn at Baston, are Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies plus guest Scots fiddle player Kari MacLeod. Not unusually for this concert venue, the evening is already a sell-out but it is worth ringing 01778 560497 to check for tickets returned due to cancellation.

On Monday there is a tune and song session at the Pig and Whistle, Swineshead (8pm). Contact 01205 280749 for details.

Swineshead features again next Thursday when, across the Market Place at the Wheatsheaf, the Last Thursday Club presents its monthly acoustic night with Li’l Ian Goodsman as guest. Entrance fee is £5, floor singers free and start time is 8pm. Telephone 01205 820014 for further information.

For those fleet of foot, followers of fine folk dance tunes or just lovers of quality home-made cakes there is another No Frills Ceilidh next Friday at 7.45pm in St Mary’s church hall, Pinchbeck. The Beltonas band will be entertaining with Sue Gray calling the dances and Slapdash Appalachian dancers will also be strutting their stuff. Tickets £4 on the door. Tea and coffee are included otherwise bring your own drinks as there is no bar.

Liz Padgett’s two hour, fortnightly folk programme is on Tuesday, November 4 on Tulip Radio from 7pm and you can listen in on 107.5 FM within a reasonable radius of Spalding or by live downstream on

Finally, Spalding Folk Club’s November guest on Wednesday 5th at the South Holland Centre is Canadian singer songwriter James Keelaghan. James will have with him fellow Canadian Hugh MacMillan who usually accompanies James’ guitar playing with octave mandolin or bass.

James is a prolific songwriter with a knack of telling a story either from the point of view of the subject or the narrative of an observer to paint the scene. Two such songs, Cold Missouri Waters and Kiri’s Piano spring to mind.

James delivers his songs with a fine baritone voice and sensitive acoustic guitar. He has recently produced a combined CD and DVD album reflecting on his international career, History, The First Twenty-five Years.