From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snowdin_at_btopenworld_dot_com]
Sent: 27 June 2006 01:27
Subject: Acoustic Sussex newsletter - 27 June 2006

Newsletter             27th June  2006


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
or email:

The weather seems to be warming up again so it looks like the weekend will be good for the Crawley Folk Festival. If you’re going along, look out for the Acoustic Sussex stand and say hello!

There are some great acts lined up this year, and I’ll be especially looking out for Christine Collister with Dave Kelly, Wizz Jones, Kirsty McGee, Eleanor McEvoy, Flook, the excellent dance band, Whapweasel and the marvellous Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.



For more information on Acoustic Sussex shows including sound samples,
click on the artists' website links below or visit our
Myspace website



Don’t forget that tickets are on sale (only £8 in advance) for our next show on Thursday 6th July at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne, when Eve Selis performs with her 5 piece band (described by Radio 2’s Bob Harris as “one of the best shows I've ever seen in the U.K"). You can also hear Eve being interviewed and playing live on BBC Radio Kent the previous evening. More on Eve Selis.


Tickets are also on sale for Pete Atkin (musical partner of Australian Clive James), who plays a rare gig for us on July 24, in a double-header with the lovely singer, Liz Simcock.  More on Pete Atkin.


To reserve or buy tickets, use the telephone or email details below or you can buy over the counter at Jingles Music Store in East Grinstead (01342 325215). Don’t forget you can hear samples of the artists coming up on our MySpace website (click on the link on the right for music samples of Eve Selis).

Thursday 6 July

The Ravenswood
Support: Brooks Williams
£8 adv (£10 door) 8pm
01342 714810/716975
or email







Californian Eve Selis is a lady truly on the verge of international success. She has shared the stage with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Counting Crows, the Doobie Brothers, Jewel, and Joan Osborne, to name just a few. Winner of the 2005 San Diego Best Americana award, Eve mixes country with R&B, blues and folk, with a voice that Billboard magazine described as “fiery and emotional”.

Her band includes some of Southern California's finest musicians, including former Johnny Cash sideman ‘Cactus’ Jim Soldi, and long-time collaborator Marc ‘Twang’ Intravaia, who Eve met on a flight to Spain when Marc over-heard Eve singing to herself in the seat behind him!

Eve has been compared to Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt and Joan Osbourne but has more than proved herself as an artist in her own right - she is one of the top female artists on music download site and has had ten number one songs in various charts. Her most recent CD 'Do You Know Me' was co-written with some of Nashville’s top writers.

On stage Eve delivers a stunning performance with equal parts innocence and authority, always soulful, strong and sexy. Her voice is variously described as passionate, melodic, raspy and sweet, with a phenomenal range.

Eve is not only a writer and performer but is also committed to helping less fortunate people and supports various charities including one for battered women and abused children.

This is a special warm-up night before she heads for Newark to headline the next evening at the Americana Festival.

"A gifted writer and electrifying singer who stands head and shoulders above many of her big name contemporaries" Maverick magazine

"One of the best shows I've ever seen in the U.K.". Bob Harris, BBC

Support for the evening is provided by the excellent Brooks Williams, whose music is hard to categorise. His website describes his style as “a fearlessly evolving mélange of intricate blues-soaked chords, Latin rhythms, and soulful riffs.” So now you know.


Eve Selis


Brooks Williams

Monday 24 July

The Ravenswood
£10 adv (£12 door) 8pm
01342 714810/716975
or email







Pete Atkin is the 'near-legendary' British singer and songwriter who in the early 1970s made six albums of songs demonstrating a rare combination of melodic invention and evocation with lyrics of love and regret, told with ironic humour and acute observation. Pete wrote the music, and Australian humorist, writer and TV critic, Clive James, wrote the words.

The songs earned Pete the respect of some of Britain's best rock and jazz session musicians. He was joined in the studio and on tour by a number of them, notably Chris Spedding, Herbie Flowers, Alan Parker, Barry Morgan, Kenny Clare and Ray Cooper, and though remaining virtually unknown to the popular record-buying public he built up a huge following on the UK college circuit.

In recent years, Pete and Clive have again combined their songwriting talents, producing new albums every bit as good as those from the early days. This is very rare opportunity to catch Pete Atkin solo, with just guitar and piano.

Liz Simcock is a great songwriter and gorgeous singer with a relaxed and endearing stage presence. Sharing the bill, her very ‘English’ songs will be the perfect complement to Pete's eclectic material.

Liz is currently in the news as one of the founders of Angelic Music, a recording, publishing and web-based ‘meeting place’ to promote female artists. Other backers for this interesting project include Janice Haves and Hobgoblin Music, with support from artists such as Kate Melua and Janis Ian. Follow this link for more:


Pete Atkin

(shown here with Clive James)




Liz Simcock

For your future diaries..


Shirley Collins 'America Over the Water' (2 September Chequer Mead, East Grinstead); Johnny Dickenson (11 September, The Ravenswood); Richard Durrant (25 September, The Ravenswood); Pierre Bensusan (6 November, The Ravenswood - support: Matthew Ord); Bob Fox & Billy Mitchell (16 Oct, The Ravenswood); 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.



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