Spalding Folk Club members write Songs for Lincolnshire

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A regular column from Spalding Folk Club’s Martin Browne.

Over many years Spalding Folk Club members have been very successful in having their original songs reach the final of the Write a Lincolnshire Folk Song competition.

Previously the competition was held at Spilsby Theatre in its iconic setting in the Old Sessions House building but this year, due to major repairs, it will take place at Blackfriars Arts Centre in Boston on Thursday, October 15, and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Lincolnshire from 6pm. As well as this change in venue, the word ‘Folk’ has been removed from the title and the event is now called Write A Song for Lincolnshire.

In keeping with previous successes, songs written by Penny Sykes and Paul Dickinson have been chosen for the finals night. Lincolnshire trio Between the Lines – including club member Phil Biggs – will also be performing a song written by Mark Addison and John Blanks.

Tickets for the night are free and available from the box office at Blackfriars.

Tonight at Arts Coritani Gallery, Swineshead, the Last Thursday Acoustic Club’s guests are the previously mentioned Between the Lines plus floor spots (8pm).

On Monday at the Pig and Whistle, Swineshead, there is a tune and song session starting at 8pm.

At South Holland Centre on Tuesday there is the Acoustic Café for performers aged 14 to 25 (6-7.30pm). Entry is free, contact Emily on 07713 200782 if you would like a performance spot.

First Fridays Folk singaround at the Wishing Well, Dyke, will be held on Friday, October 2 (8pm). Members from this group and from the Haconby Hare singarounds will be appearing in the Marquee at the Orchard Open Day, Bourne Woods (11.30am-3pm) on Sunday, October 4.

Tuesday, October 6 at the Mason’s Arms, Bourne, is the Masons Folk and Acoustic Club (8pm).

Finally on Wednesday, October 7, Spalding Folk Club’s guests at South Holland Centre are Chris Sherburn and Findlay Napier. Chris was previously the virtuoso concertina player with trio Last Night’s Fun and Findlay is a Scottish guitarist, singer-songwriter based in Glasgow. Voted Best Up and Coming Act at the 2003 Trad Music Awards and Folk Band of the Year in 2005, expect a night of quality folk music mixed with more than a little humour.