Regular column from Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne.
Cambridge-based band Fred’s House were Spalding Folk Club’s guests last Wednesday. This engaging, young group of six might not be strictly termed as of the folk genre but were nevertheless musically gifted with tight, close harmonies from Griff Jameson (acoustic rhythm guitar), bassist Gafyn Jameson and lead singer (and Griff’s partner) Vikki Gavin.
The remaining band members were Paul Richards (percussion), Ali Bunclark (Keyboards) and young and talented lead guitarist Adam Chinery who also doubled on mandolin. Nearly all the songs were co-written written by Vikki and Griff and, allowing for the difficulties in trying to provide an adequate sound balance with electric bass and keyboards in an otherwise acoustic setting, were presented in a slick and polished fashion. Needless to say with recent appearances at Cambridge Folk Festival, the Acoustic Festival of Great Britain and over 400 gigs to their credit this young band is generating quite a fan base.
Looking ahead, tonight at the Lincoln Arms, Spalding, is Spalding Folk Club’s Music Session (8pm). Admission is free and listeners and musicians are welcome.
On Sunday there is a singaround session at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby near Bourne (8pm).
On Monday, at the Eagle, Boston, duo Hungrytown are Boston Folk Club’s guests (8.15pm).
Spalding Folk Club’s regular, third Thursday singaround is on September 17 at Welland Yacht Club. Admission is free and everyone welcome to perform or just sit and listen (8pm).
At St Mary’s Church Hall, Pinchbeck, on September 18 the Beltonas, with caller Sue Gray, host the No Frills Ceilidh (7.45pm) plus dance displays from Appalachian clog team Slapdash. Tea and cakes are available, bring your own alcoholic drinks.
On September 20 there is a singaround session at the Marquis of Granby, Sleaford (4pm).
The Haconby Hare music session takes place at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby, on September 21 (8pm).
The Acoustic Café for young performers (14 to 25) is at South Holland Centre, Spalding (6pm) on September 22.
Spalding Folk Club’s October 7 guests are Chris Sherburn and Findlay Napier at South Holland Centre (8.15pm).