From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snowdin_at_btopenworld_dot_com]
Sent: 23 September 2006 01:33
Subject: Acoustic Sussex newsletter - 23 September 2006

Newsletter         23rd September 2006


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We are delighted to be able to confirm the appearance of Beth Nielsen Chapman on Saturday 27th January 2007 at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead. Her fans will be buying tickets from the day they go sale (trust me on this one!), which is scheduled for 1 October. The show will be a sure sell-out, probably twice over. If you don't know of Beth, then do yourself a favour, buy a CD, and we'll be seeing you in January, that's for sure. For the best seats, please buy early (Box Office 01342 302000)

Below is a reminder of our forthcoming dates, starting with Teddy Thompson this Tuesday (26th) at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne. “Son of British Folk legends...” prefixes are no longer necessary to recommend Teddy Thompson to you. He has matured into a consummate performer in his own right with some cracking material that deserves to reach a wide audience on its own merit.” BBC Leeds website (19 September 2006)

Tuesday 26 September

The Ravenswood
£11 adv (£13 door) 8pm
01342 714810/716975
or email





Teddy Thompson is the son of Richard and Linda Thompson, the finest folk-rock duo in Britain in the days when they were together. London-born, New York based Teddy has a musical wisdom beyond his years. His much-praised new album ‘Separate Ways’ distils perfectly what makes Thompson an artist to take notice of – honest songs, honestly performed.

In 2004, Teddy featured on the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning film, Brokeback Mountain. He sings two songs, one a duet with friend Rufus Wainwright. In 2005, Teddy performed on the television programme, Later with Jools Holland. This year, he headlined at the Cambridge Folk Festival (click here to see a video of Teddy’s performance at Cambridge, on the BBC website).

"Ten confident and smart folk-pop tunes filled with fetching hooks and engaging melodies perfectly suited to his warm, winsome voice." All Music Guide

"You'd be hard-pressed to find a prettier set of songs about love and disappointment...". CD Now

"An impressive display of how far he has progressed, both as a singer and as a songwriter." Robin Denselow, The Guardian

And, returning to our programme after nearly two years, Teddy will be joined by his sister, Kamila Thompson.



Teddy Thompson

Click here for more in our
News Release

Kamila Thompson

Monday 16 October
The Ravenswood
£10 adv (£12 door) 8pm
01342 714810/716975
or email



This collaboration between Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox has been a long time coming. Both men learnt their musical trade around Tyneside and have been delighting audiences at home and away for many years.

Billy spent eight years as front man of the legendary Lindisfarne, until their retirement in 2003. In the '70s he founded the seminal Jack the Lad. He has acted (himself) and sung all around the world and recently released his first solo album, 'The Devil's Ground'.

Bob Fox has one of the greatest voices on the folk circuit and is a wonderful guitarist too. His musical associates include Fairport Convention, who's annual reunion he occasionally hosts and who grace his recent CD, Dreams Never Leave You. Following his nomination in 2003 as Best Folk Singer and Best Traditional song (with The Hush) Bob gained nominations in 2004 as Best Folk Singer plus Best Original song for his version of Chris Leslie's "My Love is in America"

They are both musicians of stunning ability who can bring magic into any auditorium. Now, after many years of mutual admiration, they will share a stage and pool the wealth of talent at their disposal. In concert Billy and Bob will perform alone and together, the material will be cherry-picked from their solo work and the combined back catalogues of Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, The Hush and Bob Fox & Stu Luckley, to produce a memorable night of songs.

Support: Bagge & Armer


Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox

Monday 6 November September

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


French-Algerian Pierre Bensusan is rated as one of the top 10 finger-style guitar players in the world, and one of the most eloquent and diverse musicians of our time, effortlessly moving from classical to jazz to ethnic.

In solo concerts that have been described as “a must-have experience“ sometimes lasting up to 3 hours), each performance is brimming with passion, drama, rich ornamentation, grace and sheer joy, along with some of the most dazzling acoustic guitar playing on the planet.

"Pierre’s music gives me the shakes. No other guitarist shares his  strange gifts of sophistication, accessibility and downright joy.  Even at its most complex, Pierre’s music only needs ears to be enjoyed."

Leo Kottke

Joining Pierre exclusively for this concert is Matthew Ord, a superb young guitarist who combines an impressive picking technique with a feel for the blues that's rare at any age and remarkable in such a young player, with echoes of John Fahey and John Renbourn. We think Matthew will reach wider attention very soon, so come and get an early taster.

This is a fabulous double-bill that we cannot recommend highly enough.


Pierre Bensusan

Matthew Ord

For your future diaries..

Future dates in the 2006 Acoustic Sussex programme (some of them provisional) are:

Ø    28 November, Tommy Emmanuel (see our website)

Ø    11 December, John Tams & Barry Coope (see our website)

Ø    19 January 2007, Acoustic Strawbs (see website)

Ø     27 January 2007, Beth Nielsen-Chapman  (see website)

Ø    9 February 2007, Keith James – Songs of Nick Drake  (see website)

Ø    26 February 2007, Anais Mitchell (tbc) (see website)

Ø    12 March 2007, Clive Carroll (tbc) (see website)

Ø    26 March 2007, Richard Durrant  (see website)

Ø    30 April 2007, Charlie Dore  (see website)

Ø    4 June 2007, Vin Garbutt  (see website)


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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