Folk in Spalding and district

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A regular column from Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne.

Spalding Folk Club’s last guest was Scottish singer songwriter Dave Gibb.

Chatting with him, he told me he did not start his career in folk music until he was in his 40s and that he was so in awe of the stage presence of some of the headline acts he had seen at his local club that he made a concerted effort to put together a comprehensive package as a performer that would engage with the audience.

Late starter he may have been but we experienced a delightful mix of strong vocals, sensitive songwriting and virtuosic guitar playing. This was intermingled with confident banter and wry humour with Dave often good-humouredly chiding the audience into joining in with the choruses. The ploy obviously worked as we were all wholeheartedly singing along by the end of the night.

His nicely-balanced set included the side-splitting Male Menopausal Blues and the more poignant Goodbye Song.

Dave has made the journey from Dumfries & Galloway to Spalding, Faldingworth Live and Boston Folk Club recently.

Spalding Folk Club’s singaround is tonight at the Welland Yacht Club (8pm). In the wake of Colin Hayes’ retirement from the chair the new organiser is club stalwart Paul Dickinson ably assisted by wife Christine.

On Monday there is the Haconby Hare music session at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby, hosted by Pete Shaw and friends (8pm).

Next Thursday’s concert at the Barn at Baston (8pm) features Alistair Anderson & Northlands. Alistair is a widely-acclaimed exponent of the English concertina and Northumbrian pipes and he is joined by singer and flautist Sarah Hayes, Sophy Ball (fiddle) and Ian Stephenson (guitar). These concerts frequently sell out so it is best to call 01778 560497 to check ticket availability.

Spalding’s Voices Unplugged are putting on a concert at Broad Street Methodist Church on Saturday, June 25 (2-5pm). This social concert is an opportunity for new people to meet regular choir members and enjoy an afternoon of singing together. Tickets (£5) in advance from South Holland Centre or on the day at the door.

There’s a song and music session at Castle Inn, Little Bytham, next Sunday (7.30pm) and on Monday (June 27) a tune/song session at Pig and Whistle, Swineshead (8pm).