Folk music in south Lincolnshire

Between the Lines  (from left) John Blanks, Phil Biggs and Mark Addison.
Between the Lines (from left) John Blanks, Phil Biggs and Mark Addison.
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A regular column by Martin Browne of Spalding Folk Club.

Close to 20 acts entertained us with two songs or tunes each, skilfully marshalled by MC Liz Padgett. Travelling from all parts of the county, the performers showed what a wealth of talent there is in the area. It would be unfair to highlight any particular act, but Tom O’Dowd’s comic recitation on the peculiarities of the male pool player coupled with the spoof folk ditty AldiLidl, AldiLidl Dee had everyone in fits of laughter.

Last Tuesday a small group of club members performed in a variety show promoted by the local Rotary Club for Age UK at South Holland Centre, Spalding. Colin Hayes, Paul Dickinson, Angela King, Liz Padgett and Martin Browne played a few traditional English tunes; Paul and Angela sang one number together, and Paul finished the set off with his anthemic Lincolnshire Sausage Song which drew an enthusiastic response from the audience. Liz and Martin also performed a couple of songs in their own right.

At South Holland Centre last Wednesday, American traditional stalwart Jeff Warner gave an informative evening of folksongs from the USA. Equally adept on banjo, concertina, spoons and Jew’s harp he moved from one instrument to another to illustrate a wide range of musical forms and influences from around the continent, giving each song’s historical background. As a pleasant, hands-across-the-sea touch he invited Lincoln folk musician Liam Robinson up on stage to accompany him on concertina with a couple of songs. Liam also gave us two lively acapella songs during the floorspots with group members Fran Kelly and Eddy O’Dwyer.

The Spalding Folk Club music session is tonight (8pm) at the Lincoln Arms and the singaround at the Welland Yacht Club is next Thursday (8pm).

The Beltonas will provide the music for the No Frills Ceilidh at St Mary’s church hall, Pinchbeck, tomorrow (7.45pm) with demonstrations by the Slapdash Appalachian dancers. Admission £4. The Beltonas also feature at the St Patrick’s Day ceilidh on Saturday at the British Legion Hall, Crowland. Entry £7/children £3, pre-booked on 01733 210515/07986 022954, include a sausage and mash supper.