From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snowdin_at_btopenworld_dot_com]
Sent: 12 November 2006 19:20
Subject: Acoustic Sussex newsletter - 12 November2006

Newsletter        12th November 2006


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
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In this issue:

       Silent Auction for Anna Esslemont and the Aplastic Anaemia Trust

       Fairport Convention (Acoustic) 18 November (Lewes Spyboy event)

       Tommy Emmanuel 28 November (Chequer Mead) - SOLD OUT

       John Tams & Barry Coope 11 December (Chequer Mead)

       Acoustic Strawbs 19 January (Chequer Mead)

       Beth Nielsen Chapman 27 January (Chequer Mead) SOLD OUT



For more information on Acoustic Sussex shows including sound samples, click on the artists' website links below or visit our
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Sound samples for Tommy Emmanuel, John Tams and Edwina Hayes playing now!



In this issue Id firstly like to draw your attention to a silent auction that is going on at the moment to help a charitable trust and a fine young fiddler player, Anna Esslemont (from the band Uiscedwr) who needs all the help she can get just now. Anna has been battling with the rare illness Aplastic Anaemia over the last year and will shortly be having a bone marrow transplant. This will mean her taking a break from performing until around June 2007.

To take a look at some of the great items up for auction, log on to our good friend Bob Perrys Spyboy website and scroll down to Sunday 17 December, which is Final Bids night.

A reminder too that Spyboy promote great shows in Hailsham, Lewes and other venues in the south. The acoustic version of Fairport Convention (featuring Simon Nicol, Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie and Gerry Conway) visit Lewes Town Hall next Saturday, 18 November tickets still available at the time of writing telephone 01323 841414. Visit the Spyboy website for more details.

28 November
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
15.50 (12.50 conc)    8pm
Box Office 01342 302000


Tickets for Tommy Emmanuel's concert on 28th November are now sold out but if youre keen to come along, it may be worth checking for any single tickets or cancellations at the Chequer Mead Box office on 01342 302000. You could also try Jingles Music Store at 4 Railway Approach, East Grinstead, (01342 325215).


Tommy Emmanuel

11 December
Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
12 (10 conc)    8pm
Box Office:
Tel. 01342 302000
or email




Winner of a hat trick of awards in the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including Folk Singer of the Year; Album of the Year; and Best Traditional Song, John Tams returns to East Grinstead with his colleague of many years, the widely respected singer and keyboard player Barry Coope.

John is considered by many to be one of our finest English songwriters. His warm, tender-hearted and distinctive vocals are among the most expressive and soulful in English music. He will be remembered by many as Daniel Hagman in the ITV Sharpe series - a role he played for five years alongside Sean Bean. He also co-wrote the music for the series.

Earlier this tear, he was musical director of the BBC Radio Ballads, an updating of Ewan MacColl's 1957 Radio Ballads series. A year in the making, John Tams assembled a team of professional musicians drawn mostly from the current folk music scene, as were the musicians in the original Ballads. The six-part series was transmitted during February, March and April 2006.

John has released three solo albums to date, 'Unity' (2001), 'Home' (2002) and most recently, 'The Reckoning' (2005); all of which have met with well-deserved critical acclaim.

Barry Coope combines his exquisite versatility as a singer with a deeply passionate mastery of time and harmony as an accompanist.  The collaboration of these two extraordinary talents, who also happen to be great friends, is a recipe for a wonderful evening of entertainment with a fine mixture of traditional and original songs.

"They confound expectations.  Rich, diverse, contemporary and utterly compelling.  It simply does not get any better than this" 
Colin Hall, What's On in London

Support for the show is provided by Edwina Hayes, a Dublin-born singer/songwriter now residing in East Yorkshire, who has been a regular performer on both the London and Nashville Acoustic scene since 1999..


John Tams and Barry Coope

BBC Radio 2
2006 Folk Awards

Click here for
News Release


Edwina Hayes

19 January
Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
13 (10 conc)    8pm
Box Office:
Tel. 01342 302000
or email




The Classic Rock Society recently presented Dave Cousins with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Thirty years on from their huge album chart successes, 'Grave New World' and 'Bursting at the Seams', the Strawbs now tour three times a year with an acoustic line-up - Dave Cousins on guitar, dulcimer, banjo and vocals, Dave Lambert on guitar and vocals, plus 70s band member Chas Cronk on guitar, bass and vocals. 

The Strawbs have enjoyed major success on both sides of the Atlantic. In the early 1970s, as well as the hit albums, their hit singles Part of the Union and Lay Down topped the charts. From the mid-1970s they spent more time in the States and Canada where their albums charted for five years as they toured, among others, with Santana, The Eagles, Peter Frampton, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Walsh, King Crimson, and Frank Zappa.

Acoustic Strawbs have recently toured Italy to critical acclaim and played three nights at the Edinburgh Festival at the prestigious Music Hall in the Scotsman Assembly Rooms.

Acoustic Strawbs play classic Strawbs songs with the integrity and musicianship for which the band has been always been recognised.


Acoustic Strawbs

27 January
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
15 (12.50 conc)    8pm
Box Office 01342 302000




at  Chequer Mead, East Grinstead

Tickets for Beth Nielsen Chapman's concert on 27th January are now sold out (cancellations only).  The concert on is a charity fund-raising event, which will coincide with an auction of an electro-acoustic guitar (sponsored by Hobgoblin Music in Crawley) - signed by a number of well-known musicians, including people like Ralph McTell, Gretchen Peters, Dougie MacLean, Bob Fox, Dave Kelly, Al Stewart and Steve Knightley.


Beth Nielsen Chapman

For your future diaries..

Future dates in the 2007 Acoustic Sussex programme:

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

    26 February 2007, Anais Mitchell (see website)

    12 March 2007, Thea Gilmore (see website)

    26 March 2007, Richard Durrant  (see website)

    30 April 2007, Charlie Dore  (see website)

    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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