Spalding Folk Club 25th Anniversary Concert

Frampton Village Hall ~ Sat 30th October

Now a look back to a gig which took place last week. Spalding Folk Club celebrated their 25th Anniversary at Frampton Village Hall last weekend. Musicians, singers and even a poet who are all regular performers at the club which normally meets at the Lincoln Arms in Spalding provided an excellent evening's entertainment, and proceeds from the event will help sponsor a song by two Lincolnshire folk musicians Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher on the new Songlinks album which promotes English Traditional Songs.

There was a variety of music including Scottish tunes from The Beltonas and original songs from Angela King and Paul Dickinson. Paul who also plays with the Beltonas performed his solo number 'Give It Up For Jim' which won the BBC Radio Lincolnshire Song Competition recently.

Dani Dalley read some of her humorous poetry, including one about how she and another folk club member went to browse round a new shop in Spalding, and discovered too late that it sold erotic underwear and more! Eric Hubbert sung songs from Bob Dylan, Eric Bibb and two songs from the repertoire of Ron Trueman-Border, which had the audience singing along heartily.

Eddie Dalley put his guitar to one side in the second half, performing two songs a capella, including Brian Bedford's 'Wings'. Folk club organiser Elizabeth Padgett, with songwriter Martin Browne played several songs from their recent CD release. Penny Sykes, who we understand was a member of the club when it first started in 1979 plays keyboards in The Beltonas, she also used keyboard and melodeon accompaniment for some solo songs, which included 'Kenzie' the story of a fenland poacher.

At the end of the evening The Beltonas who had opened the show returned to close the night's music, they were joined by Colin Hayes who had organised the event, Colin first playing a great harmonica solo, then playing concertina with the band for the final numbers. The night ended with all the artists joining in with 'Wild Mountain Thyme'. Here's to the next 25 years!