About the club 

Spalding folk club has been running continuously since 1979 - and a couple of the original members are still coming along.  We aim to have a good time, encourage local performers and to present the best professional guests that we can afford. There has been a strong tradition of songwriting from many of the residents over many years, including awards at the  “Write a Lincolnshire Folk Song” competition.  Despite this, most of the regular performers have a repertoire of traditional material as well. 

To visit the archive of the club's history since 1979, including almost every guest, all the changes of venue and organisers, and a few other things beside, click here.

The club meets twice a month in two different formats:


NB what follows is a description of how things used to run before the plague arrived - we still hope for the whole setup to be reinstated one day. In the meantime, the main folk club is due to restart in its normal format (and we very much hope permanently) on Wednesday March 2nd 2022. The singaround is being held online every Thursday evening via Zoom, details of how to take part are on the Home page. The tune session and the ceilidhs are on hold for the time being. We're open to the idea of putting on community concerts provided the circumstances are reasonably Covid secure. Watch this space for changes, or join our mailing list.

On the first Wednesday every month the main folk club meets at the South Holland Centre with a booked guest. Doors open at 7.45, and music is from 8 to 11pm. Floor singers are always welcome. There is an admission fee, usually  £6, though you can get a discount by becoming a member (£5 a year, starting in January).  
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On the third Thursday every month there is a singaround at the Welland Yacht Club. There is no admission charge (just a raffle) and anyone is welcome to sing, play, tell a story or perform any other way they like. There’s even a bit of space for dancing now and again. Usually 8pm start. 
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In addition there are a few fringe events, which although they're not formally part of the club, are put together by more or less the same people wearing different hats. Or  different clothes altogether some of the time.

Firstly, there's a monthly tune session at the club's old home, the Lincoln Arms in Bridge Street.  This typically covers a bit of anything anyone wants to play, and occasionally might run to one or two songs as long as they're in G.  By default this is on the second Thursday but now and again moves to make way for darts nights and such. Usually 8pm start. Best check with the pub before setting off or go on the mailing list. 
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Secondly, every couple of months or so there's the No Frills Ceilidh in PInchbeck, usually hosted by The Beltonas, with a performance from the Slapdash Appalachian dancers.  It's cheap to get in, and anyone is welcome, even those with two left feet.

Venue details or full details click here.

Plus - from time to time we get invited to play at local events, such as village hall concerts, church concerts, fairs, summer fetes, private parties and so on. We can provide a variety of singers and musicians, including the Slapdash dancers, to suit different occasions.  If you are interested in arranging such an event, just give Liz Padgett a call  on 01406 381399 or email us at spaldingfolkclub@gmail.com.  Details of public events coming up are on the News page.

There’s a committee keeping the show on the road, which consists of:

Chair: Dany Dalley
Secretary: Elizabeth Padgett
Treasurer: Martin Browne
Events: Colin Hayes
Publicity: Paul Dickinson

The committee has never been known to hold a meeting but very occasionally they do call an Annual General Meeting where various good or bad ideas get put forward, somebody maybe resigns from the committee and then everything carries on as before. As a last resort there is always the constitution to refer to.