A regular column from Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne.
We are very well served in South Lincolnshire by some excellent arts centres. They have a few real treats in store for folk music fans over the next couple of weeks.
On Thursday at Spalding’s own South Holland Centre, (8pm), the Railsplitters start their UK tour. The five-piece band hails from Colorado and although their line-up of banjo, fiddle, guitar, double bass and mandolin has its roots firmly in the bluegrass tradition these energetic youngsters are not afraid to take the genre outside of its established boundaries. Often using self-penned songs by their banjo player Dusty Rider and the powerful, distinctive vocals of Lauren Stovall their repertoire is constantly evolving and reshaping itself through their exposure to musical influences as they travel from town to town. Be prepared for something out of the ordinary. (Box office 01775 764777).
At Stamford Arts Centre on Friday (7.30pm) jazz guitarist Martin Taylor teams up with past BBC2 Folk Awards winner Martin Simpson. They will share the stage throughout the performance adding to and complementing each other’s songs and music. This will no doubt be an evening that will appeal to a wider audience than just those of either a jazz or folk persuasion. (Box office 01780 763203).
Moving over to the Guildhall Arts Centre at Grantham on Saturday (7.30pm) fiddle maestro Aly Bain and accordion wizard Phil Cunningham are in concert. Aly was involved in launching the BBC television series the Transatlantic Sessions and he and Phil are still actively part of the series. These two are individually at the top of their fields of music and are long established as a touring duo. Well worth a visit. (Box office 01476 406158).
Again at the Guildhall on Wednesday, April 13, (7.30 pm), The Young’uns take to the stage as part of their Three For All tour. They were voted Best Group at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and are rapidly establishing themselves on the folk concert and festival scene. Their act is a mixture of a cross section of song styles sung with lovely close harmonies tempered with humorous banter; always an uplifting experience.
Other events in the area in the next fortnight include on Sunday, April 10 the Sibsey Second Sunday Session at the White Hart (2-5 pm). Thursday, April 14th, at the Lincoln Arms, Bridge Street, Spalding, (8pm), is Spalding Folk Club’s music session and on Monday, April 18 there is the Haconby Hare tune session at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby, (8pm), led by Pete Shaw and friends.