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Folk music news for Lincolnshire & East Yorkshire

New Singaround in Kirton in Lindey


With the Closure of Scanlon’s in Brigg a new singaround is being trialled at The Queen's Head,  King Edward St, Kirton in Lindsey  DN21 4NF. The folk nights will be on the second Wednesday of each month starting at 8:00pm, the first one will be the second Wednesday in July, that is 11th July 2018If you want to know more please email Geoff on and ask him to add you to the email group for regular notifications. You can also ring him on 01652 648589. 


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Scanlon’s Folk Nights Closes


With the closure of the Nelthorpe Arms in Brigg Scanlon’s Folk nights have now ended. Dating back to 1990 when the pub was in the hands of Miles Scanlon the folk nights have proved a popular event over the years . However it looks as though the closure of the pub is permanent and that the folk nights will not be resurrected.


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Shanty Blast Closes


The Shanty Blast, held at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life on the first Saturday of the month has now closed. With the introduction of room charges the event is no longer viable. I have no information on other sessions and events held at the museum, you are advised to check with the organisers before travelleing.


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Seed Funding and Creative Bursaries from EFDSS

EFDSS have announced that their Seed Funding and Creative Bursaries are now open for 2018. 
The EFDSS Creative Seed Funding is an award of 750 to be given to new and emerging artists/groups of artists who wish to explore new creative ideas in the genre of English folk music.
The EFDSS Creative Bursary and Residency Programme, now in its 6th year, aims to support artists in exploring new creative ideas inspired by and sourced from traditional English folk music. This programme provides artists with an opportunity to undertake creative exploration without the pressure of a final product.
The Award offers a bursary of up to 2,000, to cover costs and expenses, research facilities at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and up to five days of rehearsal space at Cecil Sharp House to an individual, existing band, or new cohort of artists wishing to undertake research and development into a creative exploration of English folk music.
There are three awards to be made for each bursary.
For more information please see the Artists' Bursaries page on the EFDSS site.

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A New Folk Music Show on Doncaster Radio Station

The Invisible Folk Club is a new radio show recently signed up by Sine FM in Doncaster for an hour of folk and acoustic music, poetry and discussion every Monday night from midnight to 1am Tuesday.
The show is presented by folk singer and songwriter Jon Bickley and produced by film producer and chorister Steve Yarwood. The show has already featured Only Human (aka Tom Bickley) a multi instrumentalist based in Sheffield and will soon be devoting a podcast to Oz Hardwick the Leeds poet.

If you miss the show you can listen to it on their mixcloud page where you will also find previous programmes broadcast.

Some of the live sessions from the show are available on their Bandcamp page

They also produce podcasts.
or for Non iTunes listeners:

For all other information or to write to them, go to

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BBC Folk Award Winners THE YOUNG’UNS to headline finals of Lincolnshire Folk Song contest

BBC Radio Lincolnshire will host its annual Song for Lincolnshire competition on November 2nd in Spalding and topping the bill this year will be the award winning folk group The Young’uns.

The trio, who won ‘Best Group’ 2 years running at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, will perform at the South Holland Centre alongside a host of local musicians including local duo Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer.

The songwriting contest, which is in its 23rd year, invites musicians from the county and beyond to write their own song which must be about Lincolnshire. Through to the finals this year are Geoff Convery & Jim Hancock (Clarty Sough), Paul Dickinson, Kim Biggs, Salutation, Ashley Groombridge & Angela King, Homity, Steve & Julie Wigley and Penny Sykes .The evening will be hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Jono Brine and will raise money for BBC Children in Need.

It’s really exciting to bring Song for Lincolnshire to Spalding,” explains JonoWe have some fantastic songs that have been entered this year and we can’t wait to have The Young‘uns performing in the town.”

The event will take place on Thursday 2nd November from 7pm and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Tickets are free from The South Holland Centre. Advance booking is highly advisable from the Box Office on 01775 764777.


Folk 'Round 'Ere – the Christmas Show

The cast of last Spring's sell-out community production "Folk 'Round 'Ere" stage a specially written musical show full of the songs and traditional customs of the Winter and Christmas period, guaranteed to get the audience singing along and feeling festive. The performance is part of the Brigg Business Partnership’s “Festival of Christmas Trees” to be held in St John’s Church over the weekend of the 8th-10th December. “Folk ‘Round ‘Ere” singers and musicians will stage their entertaining production on Saturday the 9th of December at 7.30.

The singers will be accompanied by a live band of guitars, mandolin, double bass, melodeon and pipes who will also play some foot tapping seasonal dance tunes. The children from 1st Brigg Brownies will also take part and hope to earn their ‘singing badge’ in the process. The songs are set in context by narrations telling the story of the people who sang them many years ago. The production includes an excerpt from the traditional "Plough Play' which still tours the villages of North Lincolnshire in January every year, full of colourful and amusing characters such as “Dame Jane”, “The Recruiting Sergeant’, “The Fool” and “Joe Straw”.

The show is sure to make the most of the wonderful acoustics of St John's Church and help to raise some money for local charities. Tickets are available for 5 for adults and 2.50 for children and can be reserved by ringing Julia on 07704 666916 or emailing

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EFDSS Gold Badge Awards


Four individuals and a family group are the latest recipients of Gold Badge awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Gold Badges are given for unique or outstanding contributions to folk music, dance or song, distinguished service to EFDSS and/or exceptional contributions to EFDSS’ work.

Gold Badges for 2017 will be awarded to: Johnny Adams Nicolas Broadbridge Dave and Maggie Hunt The Wilson Family

They join an illustrious list of Gold Badge holders including EFDSS founder and pioneering folksong collector Cecil Sharp, composer and collector Ralph Vaughan Williams, performer/writer A L Lloyd, and musicians The Spinners, together with EFDSS President Shirley Collins and Vice President Eliza Carthy.

The Chair of the EFDSS Board, Alistair Anderson, said: “All of this year’s recipients have played important roles in their individual fields. They have helped to inspire, to support and to inform generations of folk artists and fans, making significant contributions to the continuing strength and vitality of traditional English folk arts. We are delighted to recognize them with these prestigious awards.”

Johnny Adams is a folk musician, recording artist and producer of fifty years standing. From 1998 to 2008 he was on the National Council of EFDSS, during which time he worked to formalise the Society's web presence, including instituting the first online shop. More recently he has been involved in sub-committee work. He co-founded The Village Music Project, which researches 18th and 19th century dance music, he coordinates the support group for the archive of the folklorist and collector Doc Rowe, and was director of the Paul Graney Archive of recordings made in the North-West of England between the 1950s and the 1980s which is now housed at Manchester Central Library.


Nicolas Broadbridge is an accordionist and a specialist in Playford and similar dance. He learned Country Dancing, Cotswold Morris and Longsword in Surrey in the 1950s, later dancing with Whirligigs demonstration team in London (working closely with Pat Shaw). In 1982 he started two Playford groups in Scotland, The Glasgow and Edinburgh Assemblies, and has run 34 annual Balls there. He formed the Assembly Players in 1987 and has led them for balls, ceilidh dances and workshops; playing on, directing and producing their nineteen recordings of English Country Dances and one of Scottish Ceilidh Dances. He is a composer, editor and publisher of tunes and dances, and a researcher into C17th, C18th and C19th country dances. He has taught widely in England, mainland Europe and the USA.

Dave and Maggie Hunt Dave Hunt is the founder of Sunshine Arts, a long-established English folk arts group specialising in working in schools, at Festivals and in the community. Widely known at folk festivals as the children's entertainer Dr Sunshine, he is also recognised as a top caller for English barn-dances and ceilidh dances, and as an instrumentalist and singer. Dave teaches Border Morris, Longsword dancing and Mumming plays at festivals and in schools all over the country. He has also run workshops on calling and dance writing. Maggie Hunt’s particular strengths have been in encouraging young people in the development of their performance skills. As an integral part of Sunshine Arts, she has been responsible for developing children’s dance and drama activities away from the children’s tents and into mainstream festival activities. She has a strong association with the North East including a regular part in the traditional Skinningrove bonfire, assisting with the design and construction of their spectacular displays.


The Wilson Family are five brothers – Tom, Chris, Steve, Ken and Mike Wilson – who emerged onto the folk scene in 1973 with their own blend of powerful unaccompanied sibling harmonies. In the early days they were a six part a cappella group along with their sister Pat, who stopped touring ten years ago. They have organised and run a folk club in their beloved Teesside for over forty years. The club is still running, providing a platform for local singers. They are regular headlining guests at festivals and clubs across the UK and Europe, and they appeared at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 2011 BBC Proms. In 2013 the family accompanied Sting to New York to launch his critically acclaimed album 'The Last Ship'. The Wilson Family are particularly known for their dedication to both traditional and social comment songs, as well as their pure joy of singing. They are often cited as a major source of influence by younger performers on today’s folk scene.


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