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Spalding Folk Club

Guests 2017
South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding, PE11 1SS
8pm start.  Admission: 6  for most nights
Reservations: 01406 381339 or spaldingfolkclub@gmail.com
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4 January    The Georgia Shackleton Trio

The Georgia Shackleton Trio combine vocals, guitar, mandolin and banjo to play a blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material. Accompanying herself on fiddle, Georgia performs "wordy songs about other people." She takes inspiration from places and faces, as well as from traditional, regional and early 20th century material.  Here's a clip

The Georgia Shackleton Trio

Robb Johnson
1 Feb            Robb Johnson

Sadly Pete Coe has had to withdraw from this gig due to illness. However we have a superb replacement at short notice - Robb Johnson has been praised for his songwriting by such diverse sources as The Daily Telegraph and the late Tony Benn. Here's a clip

1 March              Quicksilver

Otherwise known as Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham.  HIlary was the lead singer in the much-loved acapella group Artisan, while Grant is a dazzling songwriter who appeared for many years on BBC One's 'That's Life.'  His wide-ranging and clever songs, together with his intricate guitar playing and Hilary's soaring vocals make a stunning combination.  Here's a clip

pic of Quicksilver

Pic of The Hut People
5 April                 The Hut People

 Probably the most unlikely act on the folk circuit, they are also one of the best-loved. Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, Sam Pirt (accordion) and Gary Hammond (percussion) present a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage. Expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, and Quebecois foot-percussion (while playing the accordion) with a big dash of humour.  Here's a clip

3 May                
Miranda Sykes

Our local hero Miranda is taking a short rest from her day job with Show of Hands to fit in a solo tour, so of course we would want that to include Spalding.  There will be lots of new material, but the same brilliant singing and musicianship.  Here's a clip

pic of Hannah and Ben

7 June                
 Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

Hannah gave us a great  evening a while back with her haunting and hypnotic versions of mostly traditional songs, over a background of dulcimer or guitar.  She's back with another previous performer, Ben Savage of The Willows, and together they have been attracting a lot of interest, including a tour of Canada in Dec 2016. Here's a clip

5 July            Bob Fox

Bob is starting another long tour as the Songman in the National Theatre production of War Horse in September so  won't be doing solo gigs for a while.  He is one of the finest singers around, so best catch him while you can. Here's a clip 
pic of Bob Fox

2 Aug    Bram Taylor

An evening with  Bram is going to be reliably entertaining, and some years have passed since our last one.  Mike Harding says he is "one of the bedrock performers and stalwarts of the British ...scene."  Here's a clip  

6 Sept         The Teacups

Alex Cumming, Rosie Calvert,  Kate Locksley and Will Finn  have made a big impression on the festival scene during the last couple of years, with their acapella renderings of traditional songs and (increasingly) their own writing. Not only are they outstanding singers and musicians but they perform with a great sense of fun and enjoyment.  Here's a clip
pic of the Teacups Band

Sid and Jimmy
4 Oct       Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith

Jimmy and Sid are another hot new property. Their new album Night Hours was described by Robin Denselow in the Guardian as "impressive" (and no, that's not the Spalding Guardian). Like the Teacups they are expanding their base repertoire of traditional songs by writing their own material.  Here's a clip

1 Nov        
Pilgrims' Way

One of our most-requested return bookings, Pilgrims' Way have recently added early music specialist Jude Rees to the line-up - she brings bagpipes, oboe and various other woodwind to the party, to go alongside hurdy-gurdy, concertina, fiddle and guitar. Oh, and she sings too. Here's a clip

pic of PIlgrims' Way
pic of Kip and Dave6 Dec        Winter Wilson

Kip and Dave saved the day in December 2016 when they stepped in at the last minute to replace Dave Fletcher and Bill Whaley. They were brilliant then, and you can confidently expect them to be the same this time. WW are getting some serious recognition - earlier this year a tour of Australia, and in 2018, a month playing support for Fairport Convention, no less!  Here's a clip

Coming up in 2018: Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow, Merry Hell, Pete Coe, Alden Patterson and Dashwood, John Connolly, Pete Morton and lots more...

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