FOLK, BLUES & BEYOND

with Alberta & Mississippi Bill

Its a very busy week with live music of all kinds for local gig goers, and those visiting the area over the late summer holiday weekend, to enjoy. As always we recommend that you check with venue before travelling as late changes and cancellations can occur.


WED 24 AUG

There's live music to be confirmed at Old Nick's Tavern, Horncastle.

Tribute act, Rob Lamberti performs George Michael's hits at the Richmond Holiday Centre, Skegness.


THU 25 AUG

Whizz Kid, a band featuring vocalist Colin Robinson perform AOR hits with songs from Foreigner, Toto, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Rainbow, UFO and Thin Lizzy at the Marine Boathouse, Skegness.

There is a senior 40+ talent competition with backing by Regency and a performance by vocal / multi-instrumentalist Robin Good at the Richmond Holiday Centre, Skegness.


FRI 26 AUG

Ricky Valance and his band are playing at the Boston West Golf, Banquet & Conference Centre at Hubbert's Bridge, near Boston. Tickets for this event are £25.00, which includes a 3 course carvery, tel. 01205 290670.

The Lost Weekend Festival which was to take place at The Farm in Chapel St Leonards this weekend has been cancelled by the event promoter, The Farm hope to organise an similar event in its place, contact venue for further details.

Freeloaders are playing at the Axe & Cleaver, Boston.

There are two guests at Market Rasen Folk Club which holds its gigs in the Village Hall at Faldingworth. Acoustic guitarist Dick Appleton who performs blues, original songs and instrumental guitar pieces and Flossie will be playing extended sets, other local musicians will also perform during the evening. Tel. 01673 843036 for details.

The Plastic Beatles, a top class tribute band recreate the sounds of the fab four at Tattershall Caravan & Leisure Park.

The second Lincoln and Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival commences this Friday and continues at venues in Lincoln and around the county until 18th September. Tonight the Sacconi Quartet will be performing works by Haydn at The Lawn, Lincoln. There is a pre-concert talk starting at 6.15pm, followed by the concert at 7pm.

There is a Northern Soul and Motown Night at the Riverside Bar and Restaurant in Sutton Bridge, where DJ Mr Steve Jay will be playing soulful dancefloor anthems.


SAT 27 AUG

The Sacconi String Quartet will be performing Haydn's 'Sunrise' Opus 76 No 4 at Kenwick Park Hotel in Louth, from 7am. Tickets for this early morning performance are priced £12 which includes a full Lincolnshire breakfast (and other choices) and a presentation by Mervyn Hobden, a local historian. The Paizo Quartet will also be performing works by Haydn in the town later in the morning at the Riverhead Theatre.

The Alford Craft and Music Festival takes place over the weekend at several venues around the town, starting on Saturday afternoon. Local musicians from Alford Acoustic Music Club will open all three afternoon music sessions. Main acts on Saturday are Lincolnshire duo Angela King and Paul Dickinson who play mainly original songs and the virtuoso guitarist Dick Appleton who will be playing self penned material and authentic blues numbers. Due to the renovations to the Manor House, this event will take place in South Market Place Car Park.

Rock band Rocket are playing at the Axe & Cleaver, Boston.

Hair Of The Dog, a Wisbech band play classic rock covers such as Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Hendrix, Thin Lizzy, Queen, Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters at the Riverside Bar & Restaurant, Sutton Bridge.

East Lincolnshire rock band Puzzle make their last public appearance before recording begins and university approaches, at the Inn On The Park in Skegness. They play original alternative rock as well as covers from the likes of No Doubt, Oasis, Alanis Morissette, and Lenny Kravitz. Sharing the bill are Crisis who will be playing a one-off reunion show.

In Tattershall, The Past who recently finished runners-up in a Midlands band competition play a lunchtime gig from 12 noon at The Fairways while Carnaby Rocks, a four piece covers band are playing at Tattershall Caravan & Leisure Park in the evening.

The East Coast Jazzmen will be playing traditional jazz on the Bandstand in Tower Gardens, Skegness between 2-4pm.

The annual Midsummer Magic concerts are taking place at Lincoln Castle over the holiday weekend. On Saturday Russell Watson and his Orchestra are appearing. Gates open at 6.30pm for early comers to bring and enjoy a picnic prior to the concert which commences at 7.30pm. Tickets are £25, tel. 01522 525555 for details.

The Red Rockets, a Midlands based trio play lively rock'n'roll and rockabilly at the Anchor Inn, Friskney.

The Bogarde Bros. provide the musical entertainment at the Electra Club, Sleaford. Please note this is a members club, new members are welcome.

Southwold Jazz Band play New Orleans jazz at New Orleans Club, Queen Street, Louth.


SUN 28 AUG

Cornish band Blue On Black who recently toured with Deep Purple and Peter Frampton return to the area, play original and classic rock and blues songs at the Riverside Bar and Restaurant in Sutton Bridge.

The Management, a blues/r'n'b' trio from Sleaford play a hometown gig at the Barge & Bottle. They perform a variety of material, including covers of Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, John Haitt and much more.

The Alford Craft and Music Festival continues in the South Market Place Car Park with an acoustic spot from The Band From County Hell at 3pm followed by Vikki Clayton, who has sung with Fairport Convention. In the evening, there will be a massed Morris Dancing display starting at 8.30pm in the Market Place and a ceilidh in the gardens at the Half Moon pub with music by Rake Up, gates open 8pm. Rake Up will also be performing on the Bandstand in Tower Gardens, Skegness in the afternoon between 2-4pm.

Pilgrim Stompers play New Orleans jazz at Boston Jazz Club, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston.

Rock band Wake play original songs at The Plough, Horbling.

The Paizo Quartet will be performing classical music by Haydn at All Saints Church, Wragby from 7.30pm.

In recent years the Midsummer Magic concerts have included a Pop event, this year Girls Aloud, Darius, Double Impact and 2 To Go will be performing on Sunday night from 7.45pm, tel. 01522 525555 for further details.


MON 29 AUG

The Spalding Family Fun Day and Music Festival promises to be a great day out and its free too! Music starts at 1:30pm when local covers band the Sound Injectors take the stage. Unreal, the Teen Idol winner and Something For The Weekend provide the mid afternoon entertainment on the festival's mainstage. Yellowbelly, whose line-up includes members of The Beautiful South doing their own classic pop tunes featuring the wonderful saxophone playing of Gary Birtles are playing between 3:45 and 4:15pm. They are followed by the Guy Tortora Band, fronted by the British based American guitarist Tortora who played at Spalding Blues Club a while back. Auburn who have toured with pop act Sophie Ellis Bexter follow with an eclectic mix of Lo-fi lounge and chill out songs and beats. The evening session is given over to roots style music, with Prego whose lively European roots dance sounds are influenced by Latin, Gaelic and Reggae music opening proceedings at 6:15pm. They are followed by Acoustic Chumbawamba who had a number one hit with 'We Get Knocked Down' and Celtic rock group The Popes who are Shane MacGowan's regular band, doing their own fantastic live show. There is also an acoustic stage with music from 4pm when Wild Wood will be playing acoustic versions of rock and pop songs from The Who to Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Mark Martindale, a talented singer songwriter from Hull and Lincolnshire's Abi Moore who played at the 2004 Party In The Park in Boston follow. Kev Thorpe who once led one of Britain's top blues acts Out Of The Blue will be performing a solo set of original songs from 6:45pm. Max Gilkes, a singer songwriter whose style is described as 'Tom Robinson meets Bowie' is the penultimate act and The Ukrainians whose line up includes former members of The Wedding Present headline the acoustic stage playing wild and wonderful world/pop music from 8:45 to 9:45pm.

The Alford Craft and Music Festival continues in South Market Place in the afternoon with appearances by Flossie Malavialle, a French singer-songwriter now based in the North East of England and the Buck and Gill Big Band. In the evening Pris McGirr, John Levoi, John Murray and some surprise guests will be playing early blues, Vaudeville, pre-war standards & more recent jazz classics at the Half Moon, Alford.

Jazz fans can enjoy traditional jazz from Razzmajazz by the Bandstand in Tower Gardens, Skegness between 1 and 4pm.

American Jukebox continues a summer run at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness. The show features three members of The Osmonds, Jay, Wayne and Jimmy, Billy Pearce and The Jukebox Band.

The final night of the Midsummer Magic season features a performance by Tony Christie at Lincoln Castle, Carolynne Good is one of the supporting artists. Tickets for this show are £24, tel 01522 525555 for full details.

Portuguese rock and roll band The Mean Devils are the headline act at the Riverside Rock'n'Roll Club who hold their regular Rock'n'Roll nights at the Moorlands Sports Club on Newark Rd, Lincoln. The Blue Flames and Jack Rabbit Slim are also on the bill. Tel. 01522 750883 for ticket availability.


TUE 29 AUG

There's mainstream jazz at The Bustard, South Rauceby.