From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snowdin_at_btopenworld_dot_com]
Sent: 14 May 2006 22:00
Subject: News from Acoustic Sussex - more nuts in May...
News from Acoustic Sussex  more nuts in May...  
After our sell-out show last week with Steve Tilston (and daughter Martha) here's a reminder of our next 2 shows in May (our busiest ever month).
 Don't forget you can normally listen to artist samples for our next gig by visiting our MySpace site at:
Clive Gregson (Monday 22 May, The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne)
Clive Gregson  Cathryn Stone
It's over 18 months since Clive Gregson first performed for Acoustic Sussex, when he helped kick-off the whole thing back in November 2004 (he was supported then by Kamila Thompson, daughter of Richard and Linda Thompson). But 18 months is as nothing compared to the 25 five years since Clive first emerged onto the music scene in his native Manchester with the band Any Trouble. Since then, he has featured on countless albums and toured with stellar musical line-ups in the UK and America. He has also seen his songs covered by others, including Norma Waterson, Kim Carnes, Fairport Convention and Nanci Griffith. Clive has become as well known for his musical collaborations as for his solo work, linked with artists as diverse as Richard Thompson, Christine Collister, Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine and Nanci Griffith. Mary Chapin Carpenter named Clive Gregson as one of her favourite songwriters. According to Guitar Player he is one of the 1000 great guitarists. Above all, Clive’s solo live shows are something special and definitely not to be missed. 

"One of Britain's most cultured singer-songwritersThe Times 

"Adult pop from one of the most emotionally literate songwriters around The Guardian 

"More musical expertise than is usually good for one man  Time Out

You can read more about Clive Gregson here: 
Support for the gig is provided by the excellent Cathryn Stone from Brighton.  If you haven't seen Cathryn before, we can highly recommend her.  She will have a new CD out very shortly - hopefully in time for the gig (if not, she promises free singles!). You can read more about Cathryn on her website: and listen to songs on her MySpace site at: (or the Acoustic Sussex MySpace site).
Tickets are available to buy or reserve in advance at £8 (or £10 on the door) - telephone 01342 714810/716975. 
Eliza Gilkyson accompanied by Robert McEntee (Thursday 25 May, Chequer Mead, East Grinstead)
 Eliza Gilyson   Robert McEntee
Daughter of singer and songwriter Terry Gilkyson (who hit with 'Marianne' in 1957), American roots artist Eliza Gilkyson is on her 4th UK tour in 3 years and has seen her popularity rocket following performances and appearances on Bob Harris and Johnny Walker's BBC radio shows. Her album Land of Milk and Honey was nominated for a Grammy in 2005 and her latest release, Paradise Hotel, has received outstanding reviews. She has toured and recorded with Slaid Cleaves, Bonnie Raitt, Mary Chapin Carpenter and her family are steeped in musical heritage.  
As a teenager, she recorded demos for her dad, who also had hits such 'The Bare Necessities' from the Disney classic Jungle Book and 'Memories Are Made of This', a big smash for Dean Martin. "He would use me in the studio because I had a mature voice at an early age and would work for free," laughs Eliza. Soon after, she was writing and recording her own material as well. In 2000, Eliza released her album 'Hard Times in Babylon', a huge critical success, followed quickly by more acclaim for her next album, 'Lost and Found'. She has also been on several compilations, including the Bob Dylan tribute album, 'A Nod to Bob'. In 2003 she was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, alongside such luminaries as Willie Nelson and Nancy Griffith. Eliza recorded Land of Milk and Honey in 2004, a recording decidedly more socio-political in theme.  

[Milk and Honey] is a must-have album for anyone turned on by intimate, seductive vocals, killer melodies and lyrics that hit the heart and refuse to leave. Cue the repeat button”   BBC Radio

"Her songwriting has a Dylanesque quality as her tunes burst with edgy lyrics and poetic imagination. With a knowing eye on the past, Eliza Gilkyson is making folk music for the 21st Century, and it's a delightful thing to hear"  Austin Chronicle

She is accompanied on this date by Austin, Texas guitarist Robert McEntee, who has appeared with Dan Fogelberg, Ian Matthews and Carole King, among many others, both in live performance and on CD and TV. 
Tickets are £12.50  (conessions apply) from the Box Office on 01342 302000 or email: info_at_chequermead_dot_org_dot_uk.
You can read more about Eliza Gilkyson here:
Other dates for your diaries 
  • Guy Davis (23 June, Chequer Mead) Support: Jay Stapeley
  • Eve Selis (6 July, The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne - note change of venue)   Support tbc
  • Pete Atkin + Liz Simcock (24 July, The Ravenswood)
  • Johnny Dickenson (11 September, The Ravenswood)  Support tbc
  • Pierre Bensusan (6 November, The Ravenswood)  Support: Matthew Ord (tbc) 
  • Bob Fox & Billy Mitchell (16 Oct, The Ravenswood)  Support tbc
  • Tommy Emmanuel (28 November, Chequer Mead)
  • John Tams & Barry Coope (11 December, Chequer Mead)

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: 


If you know anyone who you think may enjoy our events, please forward this email to them - we need all the support we can to keep the programme going!  Thanks.

Martin Snodin
Acoustic Sussex (
01342 716975

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