From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snowdin_at_btopenworld_dot_com]
Sent: 05 February 2006 18:48
Subject: News from Acoustic Sussex

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News from Acoustic Sussex ...  

In this issue... 
  • Jonathan Kelly - Monday 6th - last reminder 
  • Nick Harper
  • Amy Wadge - tickets now on sale   
  • New future dates (including Pete Atkin, June Tabor, John Tams & Barry Coope)
Jonathan Kelly (Monday  6 February, The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne, nr East Grinstead)
 Jonathan Kelly 
Last reminder for this amazing gig - don't miss if you can possibly get along!  Here are some comments following his one-off concert last year:
"Jonathan gave 150% to his performance last night and anyone who was there will remember this for a lifetime."
"I remember watching The Old Grey Whistle Test and seeing Jonathan sing 'Cursed Anna' and I never got the song out of my head."
"Last night's gig in Sprotbrough was astounding.... Isn't it a lovely bonus when your hero not only performs astonishingly well, but happens to be one of the nicest people on the planet?"
"Just a quick message to say what a fantastic night - it's over 30 years since I last saw Jonathan play live. And it was well worth the wait! He can still do the business."
"Jonathan's performance was worth every minute of the 30 year wait, it was everything we could have hoped for, and then a whole lot more. His songs are timeless masterpieces, and each one was delivered with so much feeling, sounding as fresh and as relevant today as they did when they were first written."
"What a fantastic concert that was! I am left virtually speechless having witnessed pure poetry in motion!"
Not bad for someone who's spent 30 years in the musical wilderness!  Tickets £10 (telephone 01342 714810/716975).   Read more about Jonathan Kelly on the Acoustic Sussex website or visit  Support: Roger Davies.  
Nick Harper (Thursday 16 February, Chequer Mead, East Grinstead)
 Nick Harper
Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick has played the guitar from the age of 10, surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour.  To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist's guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows - from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own - he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar). He also has the alarming ability to break guitar strings almost by sheer force of will… and then change them without dropping a beat.
"Harper has so much musicianship in him that it just leaks out all over the place." The Times 

 "If you've never seen [Harper] live, you're missing out on one of the musical phenomenons of our age. New listeners should prepare to be captivated by a colossal talent." *****  Glasgow Herald

Tickets are £10 (less concessions) available from the Box Office on 01342 302000.  Support: Newton Faulkner.   More information on the Acoustic Sussex website or visit: 
Amy Wadge (Monday, 27 February, The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne, nr. East Grinstead)
 Amy Wadge
Amy Wadge (pronounced 'Woj') returns to the Acoustic Sussex programme by popular demand!  (Her last gig will be almost exactly a year ago, on 28 February 2005 - click here for a review).  She is a fine singer/songwriter and inspirational live performer, with a vocal range that can be as intimate as a whisper or as powerful as gritty gospel shout. Her honest, unsentimental, emotionally articulate songs have often been compared to Sheryl Crow.
Amy first came to national attention in Wales when she won Best Female Solo Artist at the Welsh Music Awards.  She has opened for the likes of Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, Damien Rice, Brian Kennedy and Eric Bibb. Amy is a rising star with a personality to match.  Performing as a duo, let Amy's amazing vocals and hushed guitar melodies take you away.
" irresistible, riveting performer'  Bob Harris
"Pint-sized poetess - with a Valley-quaking voice."  Q Magazine
Tickets are now on sale at £8 advance (£10 on the door).  Telephone 01342 714810/716975.   Read more about Amy Wadge on the Acoustic Sussex website or visit www.amywadge.comSupport: Steve Simpson  

Future dates 

  • Jacqui McShee's Pentangle  (14 March, Chequer Mead)   Support: Thomas Leeb 
  • Christine Collister (27 March, The Ravenswood)  
  • June Tabor (19 April, Chequer Mead - NB. this booking is provisional at the moment - to be confirmed) 
  • Stephen Fearing (24 April, Red Lion, Turners Hill)   Support: Cate Ferris 
  • Steve Tilston and Chris Parkinson (8 May, Red Lion, Turners Hill)   Support: Martha Tilston 
  • Clive Gregson (22 May, The Ravenswood)  Support: Cathryn Stone 
  • Eliza Gilkyson (25 May, Chequer Mead)  Support: Robert McEntee
  • Pete Atkin + Liz Simcock (24 July, The Ravenswood
  • John Tams & Barry Coope (11 December, Chequer Mead)

More information on all up-and-coming artists can be found on our website:

All the very best - support live music where you can!

Martin Snodin
Acoustic Sussex (
01342 716975
email: martin_at_acousticsussex_dot_org_dot_uk 

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