Spalding Folk Club in the community

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A fortnightly column by Martin Browne of Spalding Folk Club.

We have had a busy but enjoyable few days of live folk and acoustic music.

It started with members of Spalding folk club making two visits to Sutton Bridge as part of their community outreach programme, entertaining the Carers Group and Curlew Centre ladies group.

In between, an array of local talent appeared in concert at Spilsby. Bands 101 Proof, Akmed’s Camel, Between the Lines and Crossing the Tracks switched seamlessly between ceilidh, folk, Americana and country.

Cara Dillon’s concert at South Holland Centre was a treat for the many who attended – it was encouraging to see the auditorium packed full with an appreciative and knowledgeable audience.

The singaround at the Welland Yacht Club last Thursday was also packed out.

Last Friday local musician Miranda Sykes and mandolin virtuoso Rex Preston gave a superb concert at Aslackby Village Hall. Miranda’s beautiful voice was underpinned by Rex’s sweet harmonies and their combined musicianship on double bass, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and ukulele. The highlight of this high quality evening for me was Miranda’s singing of her father John’s evocative Lincolnshire Song.

It is heartwarming to see that live music is in a very good state of health in the county, from both professional and talented amateurs.

Highlights of the many forthcoming events are: tonight at the Barn at Baston, Fiona Hunter and Mike Vass (8pm). Please call 01778 560497 to check ticket availability. Also at Morton Village Hall, Wolfscote featuring Andy Cutting are in concert (7.30pm). Contact 01778 570370.

Tomorrow, there is a No Frills Ceilidh at St Mary’s Church Hall, Pinchbeck, featuring the Beltonas and Slapdash Appalachian dancers (7.45pm).

Spalding Folk Club’s next guest on Wednesday, May 6 will be Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee and 2014 Fatea awards male vocalist of the year winner Luke Jackson. He is a singer/songwriter and guitarist of a quality well beyond his young years and has much to offer to a wide age range of audiences.

Though defined as a folk club – and we do have members – we are not exclusive and it is important to point out that these events are open to the public at large and all will be made most welcome.