From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snowdin_at_btopenworld_dot_com]
Sent: 23 April 2006 00:06
Subject: News from Acoustic Sussex
News from Acoustic Sussex ...  
In this issue, reminders of two upcoming gigs that are both (upstairs) at The Red Lion, Turners Hill (previously the home of the Crawley/Turners Hill Folk Club):
Stephen Fearing    (Monday, 24th April - Upstairs at the Red Lion, Turners Hill)
  Cate Ferris

Vancouver-born Stephen Fearing has been a troubadour since the late ’80s, releasing six solo albums, plus three with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. His latest, That's How I Walk is a defining work in the career of one of Canada's most respected performers. A stunning guitar player with a smooth, intimate and powerful voice, he is  without question one of the finest singer-songwriters working today. His song 'Beguiling Eyes(first covered by Clive Gregson and Christine Collister ) was recently covered by Gwyneth Herbert.  It's time he reached a much wider audience - come along and see for yourself, upstairs at The Red Lion, Turners Hill. But please book in advance if possible, because the venue capacity is strictly limited. Follow the link to read more about Stephen Fearing 

 "The album crackles with ideas and collaborative energy…masterful guitar work adds a distinct British Isles flavour, from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant fingerstyle." Acoustic Guitar magazine 
"This is one of those fantastic albums. The stories are street and life wise. The lyrics are articulate poetry, the guitar playing is superlative and everything grooves like a son-of-abitch, regardless of tempo. I loved every song." Pure Music 
"There're old cultures and generations of poetry and folk influences in the bones of his music. There's also a nod to Richard Thompson, a little Gordon Lightfoot, a touch of James Taylor magic. Fabulous stuff." NetRhythms

Support for the gig is provided by Cate Ferris from Brighton, who recently played live on BBC Southern Counties 'South Live' programme. (You can still read a review here:

Tickets are only £8 in advance (£10 on the door) - telephone 01342 714810/716975 or email: info_at_acousticsussex_dot_org_dot_uk
Steve Tilston & Chris Parkinson -  with special support from Martha Tilston  (8 May - Red Lion, Turners Hill)
  Chris Parkinson  Martha Tilston

He’s been described as "a complete guitarist", "a singer songwriter of rare talent" and "absurdly accomplished". Ask anyone on the English folk scene who their favourite guitarist, singer and songwriter is and nine times out of ten his name will crop up. In a career spanning thirty years, Steve Tilston has become widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music. He’s toured with Ballet Rambert, John Renbourn, traditional singer Maggie Boyle and in WAZ! (with Maartin Allcock and Pete Zorn). His songs have been covered by a who’s who of the folk scene. He’s the writer of the classic songs - recorded by Fairport Convention - Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here’s to Tom Paine.  Follow this link to the Steve Tilston website:

Chris Parkinson has played music since the age of five, first the harmonica, then piano, guitar, concertina, tin whistle, melodeon, piano accordion and keyboards, and even a little fiddle. He’s a founder member of the highly acclaimed The House Band, has played with Waterson/Carthy, Mike Harding, Martin Simpson, Alistair Russell (ex-Battlefield Band) and John Kirkpatrick (with whom he was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards as best duo). He also worked with Ralph McTell and Billy Connolly on his BBC TV series.

This is a rare chance to see these two great friends on stage together - one of our most renowned songwriters and guitarists and one of the country’s most sought after instrumentalists.  As if this wasn't enough, support for the evening is provided by Steve's daughter Martha Tilston, a sparkling performer with a lovely pure voice, whose recent debut album has been getting great reviews.

Tickets will almost certainly sell out in advance for this gig, so please book early. Tickets are only £8 in advance (£10 on the door) - telephone 01342 714810/716975 or email: info_at_acousticsussex_dot_org_dot_uk 

 Other dates for your diaries 

PS. As anyone who came along will know, June Tabor (with Andy Cutting and Mark Emerson) was on great form when she performed at Chequer Mead in East Grinstead last week. A review will be posted shortly on the website, with photos (here's an advance - low resolution - sample).

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

You can also find us on MySpace (with samples from some of the artists appearing) at: 

 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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