Nowt so queer with Martin Browne of Spalding Folk Club

Steve Knightley, who is performing at Spalding's South Holland Centre on Friday, March 17.
Steve Knightley, who is performing at Spalding's South Holland Centre on Friday, March 17.
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It has always been an important consideration at Spalding Folk Club to try and achieve a broad mix of styles and characters across the year’s guest list.

March’s performers, Quicksilver, were certainly out of the ordinary - even left-field.

We expected humour and that was there in spades. Grant Baynham and Hilary Spencer have excellent pedigrees: Grant was a long-serving musical resident on BBC’s That’s Life and is a guitarist of considerable skill; Hilary’s powerful, operatic voice has featured with the acapella folk group Artisan and – no stranger to comedy – as part of Les Barker’s Mrs Ackroyd Band.

The humour was neatly put across with a skilful, polished delivery and Grant’s pithy songwriting was augmented with comedy classics from Victoria Wood, Richard Stilgoe, Jake Thackray and Flanders and Swann.

The comedy was interspersed with some serious songs including the catchy, lilting Matthew Sound and the unrequited love song Michael on the Moor, both written by Grant. It was an unusual but very entertaining evening from an engaging and personable duo.

The folk club’s music session is Thursday (March 9) at the Lincoln Arms, Bridge Street, Spalding. All are welcome to join in or just listen. (It starts at 8pm).

On Sunday, March 12, there is the Second Sunday singaround and music session at the White Hart, Sibsey (2-5pm) and at 8pm there is a singaround at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby.

Boston Folk Club’s guests on Monday, March 13, at the Eagle, West Street, Boston are the King Biscuit Boys (8.15pm).

Spalding Folk Club’s singaround takes place on Thursday, March 16, at the Welland Yacht Club, Cradge Bank (8pm). Again, all are welcome and, like most singarounds, admission is free.

Show of Hands’ Steve Knightley is giving a solo concert at the South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding on Friday, March 17, and will feature his own and some traditional songs with themes of land and sea. Tickets cost £18 and it starts at 8pm. Book on 01775 764777.

Finally at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby, on Monday March 20, there is the Haconby Hare tune session hosted by Pete Shaw and friends. It starts at 8pm.