Ploughmen's Bunch ~ Thu 21st Oct 2004

Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club, Eagle Lodge Hotel, Woodhall Spa

The areas music clubs provide a valuable platform for local musicians as well as providing an opportunity to bring artists from further afield on occasions. The Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club is one such club and last week those attending enjoyed music from Ploughmen's Bunch.

On this occasion the Bunch were playing as a five piece, featuring Steve Jackson (vocals / guitar / washboard), Colin 'Wildman' Holland (concertina / accordion / bass), Allan Jackson (guitar), Dave Pape (bass / harmonica) and Anne Jackson (percussion). The group played a variety of songs including some catchy original songs from their two CD's. These included 'Humba Rhumba', 'I Don't Know (Where That Place Is)' and 'Old Crow'. Their extensive repertoire also features some well known covers from various genres often with an American flavour, their set at Woodhall included 'Bad Moon Rising', 'Blue Moon Of Kentucky', Leadbelly's 'Midnight Special' and Elvis's 'Mess Of Blues'. The group also included some more traditional numbers such as 'Wild Mountain Thyme' and some country dance tunes. The band's have a relaxed and informal approach to playing which makes their concerts entertaining and enjoyable.

Young guitarist Alex opened the evening's musical entertainment performing some short instrumental rock pieces, including 'Smoke On The Water' on electric guitar. Lesley Curtis provided an additional treat for the audience during the half time interval. She has fronted her own band at Arts Centres around the country, performing the songs of Eva Cassidy, tonight she performed three original songs including her enchanting song 'In The Forest Of Bourne' which recently reached the finals of the BBC Radio Lincolnshire Folk Song Competition. She also performed two songs from her CD 'Shock Delayed', the heart touching 'Why Does Every Day End In A Why?' and the more upbeat 'Vanishing Man'.

Now into its fifth year at its Woodhall Spa venue, the Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club has seen audiences dip alarmingly during the current year with even top name acts attracting only around 20 people. The club's organisers certainly hope to be able to continue to provide a musical stage for both for local, national and even international artists in the future but support from local people who enjoy listening to music performed 'live' in intimate surrounds is now vital to ensure the club's future. The club has three dates currently lined up, on Thursday 25th November well known folk artist Bram Taylor is the guest, Cliff Stocker and Paul Lucker from the band Slack Alice will be performing their entertaining acoustic show on Thursday 9th December and one gig is currently lined up for 2005 when Dutch acoustic country / bluegrass duo A.G. & Kate who were the first act to appear at the club following the move to its current venue, will be performing at the Eagle Lodge Hotel in Woodhall Spa on Thursday 10th March. Concerts are held in a 'No Smoking' room at the hotel, you don't have to be a member to enjoy shows at the club, to find out more about the club tel. Tom on 01526 343989.