Long-standing favourites of Spalding Folk Club, Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby, were guests at last week’s event at South Holland Centre.
Cathryn’s singing was up to its usual high standard and her love of performing shone through. They write their own material and the theme running through was that of family, home and roots.
Malahide Moon was a song about Brian’s place of birth in Ireland. Mr Jefferson tells a story from the point of view of President Thomas Jefferson’s illegitimate daughter by one of his many plantation slaves. Jefferson’s plantation and birthplace was in Cathryn’s native Virginia. Spirit is Stronger than the Truth was inspired by her elderly and ailing father’s recollection of thoughts while under medication.
Other songs found their inspiration from Cathryn’s non-conforming niece – I Will – and a quirky grandmother – Genevieve. Also poignant was a song about Brian’s autistic niece – Alice’s Song.
Brian’s playing had guitarists in the audience moaning, for all the right reasons. His provenance as Mary Hopkin’s accompanist and member of Strawbs over several decades underlines just how expressive and skilful a musician he is.
Cathryn concluded the evening by warmly praising the floor singers and performers and thanking those present for their support of live music before leaving us with a medley of songs with a flavour of her homeland.
Supporting floor spots were by Vaughan Roberts, who made his debut appearance with a medley of fiddle tunes; and songs from Martin Browne, Angela King, Elizabeth Padgett, Penny Sykes and Colan Campbell. Overall it was a very enjoyable evening.
The club’s monthly tune session will be held in the bar at the Lincoln Arms, Spalding, at about 8.30pm tonight and the singaround will take place at the Welland Yacht Club at 8pm next Thursday.
Liz Padgett’s next fortnightly two-hour folk broadcast starts at 7pm on Tuesday, April 22 on Tulip Radio – 107.5FM or by direct play from its website www.tulip-radio.co.uk
Boston Folk Club’s guest at The Eagle on Monday will be singer-songwriter Reg Meuross.
Next month’s folk club will take place on May 7 and guests will be Mike Freeman and Tania Opland.