Fortnightly column from Martin Browne of Spalding Folk Club.
On Friday the 13th, despite the omens, the No Frills Ceilidh in Pinchbeck was a Red Nose Day special and raised £100 for the charity through the sale of cakes and a raffle.
Those present forced ourselves to devour copious amounts of delicious confectionery in the knowledge that our efforts were all in a good cause – many thanks to all concerned.
Tonight at the Barn at Baston (8pm) the guest is Sunjay (the artist formerly known as Sunjay Brayne). The young singer/guitarist has been making an impression on the folk club and festival scene over the past couple of years and is becoming established as a favourite performer. Check ticket availability beforehand on 01778 560497.
Also tonight, the Last Thursday Acoustic Music Session at the Arts Coritani Gallery, Swineshead, features guitarist and singer/songwriter Phil Hare plus floor singers (8pm).
Voices Unplugged and the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding are giving a concert on Saturday at Broad Street Methodist Church, Spalding (7pm). These two local groups will entertain with a mixture of pop, jazz, world and folk music styles. Proceeds will go to the church renovation scheme and tickets at £6, including refreshments, are available on the night or by contacting 01775 769438.
On Monday there is a tune and song session at the Pig and Whistle, Swineshead (8pm).
Next Friday, April 3 at the Wishing Well, Dyke, there is the First Friday Folk Singaround (8pm).
Bourne Folk and Acoustic club meets on Tuesday, April 7 (8pm) at the Mason’s Arms, Bourne. All abilities, ages and styles are welcome.
Spalding Folk Club has Red Moon Road as its guests at the South Holland Centre on Wednesday, April 1 (8pm). This Canadian trio will open its six week European tour at the club. Daniel Jordan, Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner and Sheena Rattai provide haunting harmonies, masterful story-telling accompanied by banjo, mandolin and guitar, not to mention occasional use of a beat-up old bass drum and delay pedals, to give the audience what the group describes as its lush take on modern roots music. The boundaries of what we term folk music are forever expanding and I, for one, am looking forward to hearing this group live having already been impressed by their recorded material.