A round-up of folk music in Spalding and the surrounding area

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

After a hectic previous folk fortnight things seem to have quietened down in the short term and it might be an appropriate time to consider the less conspicuous but nonetheless worthy folk events that are, week in, week out, constantly bubbling along just under the radar.

These singarounds, open-mics, music sessions, clog, morris, molly and rapper groups often cater for a small, localised following but are nevertheless the very foundations of the fabric of live music and dance in our area and, indeed, nationally.

Lincolnshire and its neighbouring counties are well served by the unsung and tireless efforts of a few amateur but dedicated individuals who collate details of all these clubs and events for their websites. Peterborough Folk Diary (peterboroughfolkdiary.org.uk) is the brainchild of Pete Shaw who is ably assisted by co-editors Paul Brightman and Philippa Joyce. Fizgig Live Music Guide (users.tinyonline.co.uk/fizgig-tom/folkgigs) is managed and edited by Tom and Ali Beaumont in central Lincolnshire, and Folktalk (folktalk.co.uk) is hosted by Jim Hancock in the north of the area.

It is well worth, if you have Internet access, looking up these sites where you will find a wealth of information of all things folk locally.

Folk music also receives coverage on local radio with Tom Lane – as part of Jono Brine’s The Music – every Wednesday (6-7pm) on 94.9FM and 104.7FM or listen online. Liz Padgett hosts two hours of folk music on Tulip Radio alternate Tuesdays (7-9pm) on 107.5FM or by direct downstream from tulip-radio.co.uk. Next programme is the 15th.

Events in this area include, on Thursday, 600 Whiskies Unplugged upstairs in the Stable Bar at the George, Leadenham (8.15pm). On friday there is the First Fridays Folk singaround at the Wishing Well, Dyke (8pm). Local musician Dave Malkin returns with John Dipper to the area next Friday (11th) in concert at the Northwick Arms Hall, Ketton (8pm). Dave (guitar and vocals) and John (viola d’amore) are two highly talented musicians who are becoming well-established on the folk scene. Tickets are available on the door or in advance from Adam Cade on 01780 720238. Sunday, November 13 is Second Sunday singaround and music session at the White Hart, Sibsey (2-5pm) and, in the evening, at the Hare and Hounds, Haconby, there is a singaround (8pm).