What’s happening on the folk scene in Spalding and district

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

We have waited some time now for Spalding Folk Club’s next guests on Wednesday.

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar had been provisionally booked on two previous occasions but unfortunately had to cancel. It will hopefully be third time lucky when this up-and-coming young duo grace the stage at South Holland Centre.

Greg, guitar, and Ciaran on fiddle are twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners. They have been performing as a duo since 2011 and have played at many folk festivals including Cambridge and Cropredy. They have also appeared live on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.

Since signing with Fellside Records in 2012, they have three albums and a DVD to their credit. Their full touring calendar plus constant rave revues suggests we will have a great evening.

Tonight, at the Last Thursday Acoustic club at Arts Coritani, Swineshead (8pm), the guest will be the tireless promoter of folk music in Lincolnshire, Tom Lane. As well as for many years being involved on a weekly basis with his folk music programme on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, he has also been very much concerned with various folk concerts throughout the county including the annual (August) Day of Lincolnshire Folk at the George in Leadenham. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and ceilidh band caller Tom will give us an entertaining evening laced with more than a small portion of humour.

On Friday, there will be a ceilidh at St Mary’s Church Hall, Pinchbeck, with resident band the Beltonas and Appalachian dancers Slapdash (7.45pm).

There is also the First Fridays Singaround at the Wishing Well, Dyke (8pm).

On Tuesday, Bourne Borderers Morris side and Slapdash Appalachian dancers are strutting their stuff at the Mermaid Inn, Surfleet (8pm). Also the Masons Folk and Acoustic club is at the Mason’s Arms, Bourne (8pm).

Next Thursday, July 7, is Spalding Folk Club’s music session at the Lincoln Arms, Bridge Street (8pm).

American folk/country/mountain music fusion band Hillfolk Noir are appearing at South Holland Centre on Friday, July 8 (8pm).

On Sunday, July 10 there are singaround/music sessions at the White Hart, Sibsey (2pm) and the Hare and Hounds, Haconby (8pm).

Finally, on Monday, July 11 at the Eagle, Boston Folk Club is holding a singaround session (8pm).