From: Vic & Tina Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 04 May 2006 14:42
Subject: Six Items of Folk Music News from Sussex
1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK, LEWES EAST SUSSEX.
Thursdays at 8.00 pm
Contact tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk or 01273 478124 Website
Our programme for the rest of this season is as follows:-
May 4th * £4.00 * ZOOX
A very fine trio consisting of Becky Menday, Jo May and Linda Game. Fiddle, percussion and a variety of wind instruments.
May 11th * £5.00 * NANCY KERR & JAMES FAGAN Nancy and James have risen quickly to the top of the folk scene with their high energy, great instrumental playing and superb singing May 18th * £4.00 * CHRIS BARTRAM & REES WESSON The first visit by this great duo from Shropshire. English tunes on the melodeon from Rees and percussion and songs from Chris May 25th * £5.00 * SARA GREY & KIERON MEANS Two of the finest performers on the folk scene just happen to be mother and son. Great individually, together they are unmissable.
June 1st * £5.00 * BAYOU SECO
Ken and Jeanie, on tour from New Mexico, are the finest exponents of the traditional music and song of the southern USA that you are ever likely to hear June 8th * £5.00 * SILD Sille from Estonia and Martin from Wales present their two very varied traditions. Includes fine singing & the mesmeric lute-fiddle from Estonia June 15th * Free Admission * OPEN NIGHT We say that we have "Open Nights" but this is the first one that we have had this year.
June 22nd * £4.00 * ED RENNIE & JACKIE OATES The melodeon player from the Bismarcks and the fiddle player from Rachel Unthank & The Winterset. Both good singers.
June 29th * £4.00 * JIM BAINBRIDGE
The talented, genial and unique Geordie who we have been booking since the 1960s. Fine tunes and singing with melodeon July 6th * £4.00 * ADRIAN MAY Adrian's songs vary from the profound to the hilarious. A consummate performer accompanying himself on guitar and ukulele July 13th * £4.00 * ROSIE DAVIS Outstanding singer, compelling songwriter, talented multi-instrumentalist, rivetting dancer - where do we stop?
July 20th * £5.00 * THE DEVIL'S INTERVAL Three of the country's finest young talents, Emily Portman, Jim Causley and Lauren McCormick combine to create some wonderful harmony singing.
July 27th * £ 4.00 * TERRY MASTERSON
The man who started the first folk club in Lewes is still a commanding performer with a great range of songs
Other guests in 2006 will include:-
Sept 7th JEFF DAVIS
Sept 14th JEFF WARNER
Sept 28th STANLEY ROBERTSON
then Rattle on The Stovepipe * Alan & Carole Prior * Bruce Molsky Our website is at
Those of you with listings/ gig guides etc. are asked kindly to include these dates amongst them.
2] SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE - UPDATED
For all the listings of folk music, song club, dances, festivals in and around Sussex, have a look at
This site all always kept updated with the latest events and those currently listed cover the month of May 2006
3] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY Issue no 218 covers the months of April and May and this is now available. It is packed with adverts for various folk festivals, folk music record companies, specialist shops, instrument makers and other services as well as details of all the folk song and dance events in our area. To obtain copies of this free magazine as it is published, please send A4 SAE's to Vic Smith at the address below.
It is also the address to send album review copies to. The copy date for the February/March issue has just passed. The copy date for the June/July issue has just passed. For the August/September issue the copy date will be June 30th.. Potential advertisers are also asked to contact Vic for a statement of our advertising rates.
4] THE FOLK DIARY ON LINE
THE FOLK DIARY is now available on-line. For some years now, all the listings which THE FOLK DIARY gives has been given in date order on THE SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE but now, the entire magazine is available on-line; go to the website for the FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK, LEWES
and then click on the "Folk Diary"
You will need Adobe ACROBAT READER to read the pages and, frankly, unless you are on broadband, the page will take too long to download. The size of each page is given by each page link and the content of each page is indicated. Issue no 218 (April/May 2006) is the issue that are currently on-line. The web counter shows that it is a service that is already being widely used.
5] MULTI-MEDIA SHOWS.
The various multimedia shows that we have been involved in have grown enormously in popularity over this year and they have been seen at leading festivals such as Sidmouth, Whitby, Fylde, Festival At the Edge, Tenterden and Bradfield - mostly with more than one of the shows being presented during the festival. The titles of the shows are as follows:-
A) SHIRLEY COLLINS PRESENTS "AMERICA OVER THE WATER"
B) SHIRLEY COLLINS PRESENTS "A MOST SUNSHINY DAY"
C) BOB LEWIS PRESENTS "SONGS WE USED TO SING"
D) JOHNNY DOUGHTY
E) GORDON HALL
F) BOB COPPER
G) SHIRLEY COLLINS - "I'M A ROMANY RAI" - ENGLISH GYPSIES & THEIR SONGS AND MUSIC The most frequently requested show has been the one associated with Shirley'
s book, "America Over The Water" which has been performed extensively in folk and storytelling festivals, folk clubs, bookshops, literary festivals and general Arts Festivals. With the publication of a paperback edition in 2006, and the strong possibility of an Arts Council supported tour to support it, the show is likely to be in great demand again next year, so act quickly if you want to secure a date for your event.
Details on the seven shows on offer can be seen on the web at
Anyone interested in more details of these shows or of booking one for their own event should contact Tina at 01273 478124 or email her at tina_at_twistle_dot_freeserve_dot_co_dot_uk
6] INSTRUMENTAL & VOCAL WORKSHOPS IN LEWES The Saturday daytime instrumental workshops in Lewes organised by Valmai Goodyear - valmaigoodyear_at_aol_dot_com (01273) 476757 - continue to attract increasing support.. The news of these is as follows: -
GAVIN BIRD: MELODEON WORKSHOP, LEWES ARMS, SATURDAY 3RD. JUNE, £15 (replacing Gina Le Faux's advertised fiddle workshop) Gavin graduated from the University of Newcastle's first folk music degree course last year. He is an excellent melodeon player and singer. One of the topics workshop will cover is ways of applying unusual chords and progressions to tunes. Gavin performs at the Lewes Arms Folk Club in the evening (£4).
THE PROGRAMME OF WORKSHOPS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR IS:- Martin Carthy - Guitar & song, 10th. June Sandra Kerr - Concertinas & song, 8th. July John Kirkpatrick - Anglo concertina, 16th. September Nancy Kerr - Fiddle, 7th. October James Fagan - Bouzouki & cittern, 7th. October Concertinas - tutor to be confirmed - 28th. October (a.m.) Dave Townsend & Phil Humphries - West Gallery Carols, Saturday 18th.
Dave Townsend - Sacred Harp, Sunday 19th. November Phil Humphries - Early Music for Folk Musicians, Sunday 19th. November Brian Peters - Melodeon, 2nd. December Gordon Tyrrall - Whistle & Flute, 2nd. December
Workshops last a full Saturday and the tutor performs at the club in the evening. Booking forms are available from the club and can be printed from the website.
AND A NUMBER OF OUR GAMBIAN INTERESTS HAVE NOW BEEN GATHERED TOGETHER UNDER THE NEW WEBSITE
Have a look at it at
This includes the work that we are doing to help to set up a new music school in Brikama, teaching kora, balafon, djembe and jali singing to European tourists to The Gambia. Some of the details of this appear in the article on the balafon player Suntou Kouyate written by Vic which appears in the December issue of "fRoots" magazine.
We arrived back from The Gambia at the weekend with over 200 of the lovely batiks made by Buba Drammeh to sell through this site and as we photograph
Tina has written a lavishly-illustrated article on Buba which appears in issue no. 40 of "Fabrications" magazine.
The Compound Sounds website can now accept payment for batiks and for the two albums by the kora maestro Jali Sherrifo Konteh by Paypal and most major credit cards.
...And if you are ever looking for a good barn dance band, look no further than THE SUSSEX PISTOLS - though you should get in quickly - available dates for 2006 are being snapped up quickly. It is the busiest year that we have had for quite a few years. Contact Tina on 01273 478124 or email her at tina_at_twistle_dot_freeserve_dot_co_dot_uk The band's website is at
VIC & TINA SMITH
26 Ferrers Road
Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124
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COMPOUND SOUNDS WEBSITE
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