with Alberta & Mississippi Bill

Joan Armatrading who appears at Embassy Theatre, Skegness on Saturday 17th September

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As the summer begins to fade and the days grow shorter, and the holiday season draws to a close the local live music scene enters the autumn season, with local theatres, arts centres and clubs looking forward to introducing old friends and new artists to the area's many music lovers. In our weekly Folk, Blues and Beyond articles we will be taking a closer look at some of these musicians and bands who will be visiting the region, and those who live and perform locally.

We do recommend that you check with venues before travelling as some events sell out in advance, also late changes and cancellations can occur. Where possible we will include any changes which are notified to us on the Fizgig website. ( Should you wish information about your venues / bands music events please email details to alberta.bill at .


Dan Mayfield combines modern day looping technology with traditional instruments such as violin, guitar & glockenspiel at Old Nick's Tavern, Horncastle.

The show 'A Night At The Musicals' takes place at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Starring Duncan Breeze the show features songs from many of the top musicals.


2 Lyons, a unique girl duo from South Yorkshire are performing at the Marine Boathouse is Skegness. Sam Lyons and Sam Lyons, yes both girl vocalists are called Sam Lyons, bring their fun filled show with costume changes, audience participation and a mix of humour, standards and top ten hits.

Spalding Folk Club host their singaround on the third Thursday of each month, at the Welland Yacht Club on the Riverbank in Spalding. Local singers and musicians, and those visiting the area are invited to come on the night and join in.


Yorkshire rock band Dufflegoat return to the Axe & Cleaver, Boston.

There is a night of punk at the Indian Queen in Dolphin Lane, Boston. Headlining are Northern band John Holmes who play heavy twisted hardcore. At time of going to press H8 Target, Hangover Heart Attack and a local support band are still to be confirmed.

Wake, an up and coming band from the south of the county are playing at The Annexe in Spalding.

Country rock band 101 Proof are playing at the Bull and Dog in Frieston. The group whose repertoire features songs less regularly performed live at local venues, appeared at Boston's Party In The Park earlier in the summer.


Joan Armatrading makes a rare appearance in the area when she performs at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Joan who was born in the sunshine of the West Indies but raised in the industrial heart of Birmingham released her debut album as long ago as 1972, but it was in the latter 70s she really made her mark on the UK music scene with the LP 'Show Some Emotion', more fine albums followed, as well as hit singles. Armatrading's songs are in the truest sense soul music, backed by passionate guitar each sung in her own instantly recognisable style, has the ability to touch the listener's heart. She has twice been nominated as Best female vocalist for the Brit awards and also nominated twice for the American Grammy Award of Best Female Vocalist. Her songwriting talent was rewarded with the Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection in 1996 and numerous silver, gold and platinum albums over the years.

Xposure are playing at the Axe and Cleaver in Boston.

The New Meadows Music Festival which was originally scheduled to take place near Louth over the coming weekend has been cancelled due to reasons beyond the promoters' control.

101 Proof play uptempo country rock covers at the Anchor Inn at Friskney.

Originally known as Eototo, Asylum Nation a 4-piece, London based band are playing at The Farm in Chapel St Leonards. The essence of rock and soul, the band's music is described as a blend of blues based old skool rock with a hint of Motown soul and a touch of progressive personality. The band toured the UK after recording their debut CD "Trail of Tears" and plan to record their second album later in the autumn.

Lebanese George, a superb guitarist whose repertoire includes songs from Dire Straits to Santana plays at the Riverside Bar and Restaurant, Sutton Bridge.

Gin House play uptempo rhythm'n'blues covers from the likes of Dr Feelgood, Stevie Ray Vaughan and older blues material at The Bull, Kirton, near Boston.

The Southwold Jazz Band play New Orleans style jazz at Louth Jazz Club. The club holds its weekly gigs in the New Orleans Club on Queen Street, Louth.


The rock'n'roll show 'Reelin & Rockin' comes to the Embassy Theatre, Skegness.

London band Roadhouse return to the area, they will be playing original blues influenced rock at the Hope Tavern, Holton-Le-Moor between 4 - 6pm. The band feature two female singers, and two fine guitarists in Jules Fothergill and Gary Boner.

Another music event taking place in the afternoon features the Skegness Silver Band, they will be performing on the Bandstand in Tower Gardens in their hometown between 2 - 4pm.

Boston Jazz Club meet in the Revue Bar at Blackfriars Arts Centre in Boston, where the club's resident band The Pilgrim Stompers will be playing lively New Orleans style jazz.

Lincolnshire Folk is a county wide organisation which aims to promote Lincolnshire's heritage of songs, stories, tunes and dances. The Autumn meeting will be held in the Great Hall of Gainsborough Old Hall starting at 1.30pm, and is open to all. Any performers wishing to take part should ideally telephone 01427 838726 to "book" a place although this is not essential. Listeners are equally welcome. Normal Old Hall entrance fees apply.


John Conolly and Pete Sumner open the Autumn season at Boston Folk Club. They will be performing upstairs at the Eagle pub close to the town's railway station. The duo have performed together over the years as themselves, and in bands such as Donkey's Breakfast. Pete emigrated to Western USA a few ago so performances together have been very limited recently. John from Grimsby is a renowned songwriter, his songs often have a nautical theme, the most famous being 'Fiddler's Green' that has in many peoples minds entered the folk tradition, and is sung around the world. Other songs have a humorous side, and their shows are very entertaining.


Another club re-opening its doors for the Autumn season this week is the Workhouse Folk & Blues Club who hold monthly music nights at the Black Horse in Nettleham, their guest is Mike Whellans, the Scottish one-man blues band. Tickets are £7.50 ~ Tel / text 07810140011.

Local musicians and singers have an opportunity to perform at the Acoustic Night at the Turnor Arms in Wragby. Audience are also very welcome to just go along and listen from 8pm.

There is live jazz at the Bustard in South Rauceby, near Sleaford.