Grimsby Folk & Acoustic Club, The Spider's Web PH, Sunday, 2nd October 2022

After our planned gig for June 2020 having been cancelled during the COVID lockdown, it was nice to finally be able to travel again to the excellent Grimsby Folk Club.

Clearly a journey from St Albans to Grimsby is not something to take lightly. So, we set off just after lunch time on a gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon. Given we were also intending to use what effectively amounts to a new PA system, we built in some extra time for setup and a decent sound check before the gig.

Thankfully, the clubroom at The Spider’s Web pub wasn't being used that afternoon and, with the help of friendly bar staff, we were able to get in around 5:00pm and do our desired sound check before club organisers Mary and Mike arrived.

Unfortunately, with various folk events happening around the north that weekend, audience numbers for the evening were on the small side. However, those who were there seemed to really enjoy our two sets.  They sang along with our choruses and were very generous in both their feedback and purchase of CDs after the gig. Furthermore, I’m pleased to report that the new PA system performed very well.

It was certainly a long hard drive home from Grimsby after the gig. Presumably, in helping us avoid the almost inevitable Sunday night road closures on the A1, the Satnav directed us down a parallel route, the A16. With very little dual carriageway before reaching Peterborough, it was a ‘proper’ drive.  Thankfully, traffic was light with it being a Sunday night, and we made it home just before 2.00am.

Many thanks to Sue for her excellent MC-ing and to Matt Jones for his excellent floor spots throughout the evening.  Similarly, many thanks to Mary, Mike and all at Grimsby Folk Club for their warm welcome.  We wish them all the very best for the future.