Folk scene in Spalding and district

Angela King and Paul Dickinson on stage.
Angela King and Paul Dickinson on stage.
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A regular column from Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne.

The beautiful Lincolnshire village of Leadenham was the setting last Sunday for a Day of Lincolnshire Folk.

Thanks to the hard work of its creator Tom Lane and a small band of helpers, this first Sunday in August event in the grounds of the George Hotel has become a regular fixture in the county’s folk calendar.

The weather was gloriously hot and sunny and the packed audience was treated to a bountiful supply of folk music talent from around the county – all for free.

Spalding’s Angela King and Paul Dickinson gave us a delightful set of songs up on the main stage and the evergreen duo Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher held the audience spellbound. They had the entire audience enthusiastically joining in with the chorus of their signature song, The Call and The Answer.

The whole scene was awash with movement and colour as the frenetically athletic Kesteven Morris gave us a couple of sets of dances in front of the mellow limestone buildings, encapsulating the very essence of the folk tradition.

The perfect day was perfectly rounded off with a great performance from Sleaford’s full-time professional duo Winter Wilson.

Nearer to home, Spalding Folk Club holds its music session at the Lincoln Arms in Spalding on Thursday at 8pm.

Entry is free and all are welcome to join in or just listen to the music.

On Sunday there is the Sibsey Second Sunday song and music session at the White Hart (2pm).

There is also a singaround on the same day at the Hare and Hounds, at Haconby (8pm).

Also at the Hare and Hounds, on Monday there is a tune session led by Pete Shaw and friends (8pm).

Next Thursday, August 18, is Spalding Folk Club’s singaround at the Welland Yacht Club (8pm).

Entry is free – there is a raffle to help with expenses – and all are welcome.

On Monday, August 22 at the Pig and Whistle, Swineshead, there is a song and tune session (8pm).

Finally, on Tuesday, August 23 Liz Padgett hosts her regular fortnightly two hours of folk music (7-9pm) on Tulip Radio on 107.5 FM locally or by direct downstream from the website