A fortnightly column from Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne.
Kim Lowings and the Greenwood are Spalding Folk Club’s next guests on Wednesday, March 2 (8.15pm) at South Holland Centre.
Kim’s lovely vocals and Appalachian dulcimer playing are supported by Dave Sutherland on double bass, Tim Rogers on percussion and Andrew Lowings on bouzouki and guitar.
The Midlands-based band’s repertoire is a mix of traditional and self-written material and they are rapidly gaining recognition with a full diary of folk club and festival appearances.
They come highly recommended by fellow artists such as Mike Harding, Jackie Oates, Anthony John Clarke and Paul Sartin. Reviews of their work – “absolutely captivating”(R2 magazine); “beautiful and enchanting” (LivingTradition); “Lowings not only has a gorgeous voice but a real talent for songwriting too” (Folk All) – suggest we are in for a great evening.
Other folk events for the coming fortnight include, on Thursday, at the Last Thursday Acoustic Club at Arts Coritani, Swineshead, Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner (8pm). Please bring your own refreshments.
On Friday, Kimber’s Men shanty group are in concert at Morton Village Hall (7.30pm). Tickets from 01778 570370.
On Sunday, folk legends Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick are appearing at the Key Theatre, Peterborough (7.30pm). Box office 01733 207239.
The Masons Folk and Acoustic Club holds its monthly session on Tuesday, March 1 at the Mason’s Arms, Bourne (8pm).
Next Friday is the First Fridays Folk singaround at the Wishing Well, Dyke (8pm). The next No Frills Ceilidh is at St Mary’s Church Hall, Pinchbeck (7.45pm) on March 18. Music is supplied by the Beltonas and Slapdash Appalachian dancers will be performing. Tea, coffee and cakes are available but bring your own alcoholic drinks.
Don’t forget that folk music is available on local radio. Tom Lane has an hour every Wednesday (6-7pm) as part of Jono Brine’s The Music on BBC Radio Lincolnshire 94.9 or 104.7 FM (or listen online from the BBC Radio Lincolnshire website). More locally, on Tulip Radio, 107.5 FM, Liz Padgett hosts two hours of folk music (7-9pm) on alternate Tuesdays, the next one being on March 8. You can also listen, by live downstream, from the Tulip Radio website especially from outside the local radio frequency range.