From: Vic & Tina Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 31 October 2006 09:31
Subject: Ten items of Folk Music News from Sussex

Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries:- (01273) 478124 or 881316
Email tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk_dot_ START
We have already had some outstanding and well-supported evenings this season. Here is the line-up for the next three months:-
Nov 2nd * free admission * OPEN NIGHT
Always popular for the variety that they provide, we keep forgetting to schedule them. This is only the second in 2006. Nov 9th * £5.00 * DAVE SEALEY
All the delights of the music hall from one half of the top group, Cosmotheka. Nov 16th * £5.00 * RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE It will be a delight to welcome Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper and Chris Moreton again. Their great new album is called "8 More Miles" Nov 23rd * £5.00 * PETE COE
This is a man of many talents; a great instrumentalist on a range of instruments, a fine singer of traditional songs and a songwriter Nov 30th * £5.00 * THE OTHER BAND The superb and exciting combination of Iris Bishop, Marilyn Bennett and Gary Holder Dec 7th * free admission * LEWES LATE NIGHT SHOPPING OPEN NIGHT Dec 14th * £5.00 * PETE MORTON, CHRIS PARKINSON & ROGER WILSON They combine their outstanding talents to bring us their Christmas show, Part of a very short tour. Dec 21st * free admission * CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT Our annual night of singing and dancing is always hugely popular. Dec 28th * CLOSED
Jan 4th * £5.00 * JOHN KIRKPATRICK
We start the new year in the strongest way possible with one of the folk scene's icons. Remarkable singing and masterly playing of accordion, concertina and melodeon Jan 11th * £5.00 * KATHLEEN O'SULLIVAN, KAREN RYAN & PETE QUINN The combination of Kathleen's fine singing, Karen's fiddle and Pete's piano make these three one of the top attractions in Irish music and song. From "The London Lasses" Jan 18th * £4.00 * EMILY & HAZEL ASKEW
Two exciting young performers playing fiddle and melodeon and singing. They have been finalists in the New Roots Competition Jan 25th * £4.00 * ROBB JOHNSON An outstanding radical songwriter and a mesmeric performer, Robb has been instrumental in developing the "English Chanson" movement.
Future Guests include: -
Too Many Strings * Jerry O'Reilly & Jim McFarland * Michael Marra * Tom Spiers * Bruce Molsky * Dick Gaughan * Gordon Tyrrall
Our website is at
Those of you with listings/ gig guides etc. are asked kindly to include these dates amongst them. ***********
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 all the dates up until the end of November 2006 **********
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY Issue no 221 covers the months of October and November 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 SAE's to Vic Smith at the address below. (Make sue that the SAE stamp meets the new postal charges!) It is also the address to send album review copies to. The copy date for the December/January issue is on us; it is October 31st.. Potential advertisers are also asked to contact Vic for a statement of our advertising rates. **********
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" symbol. 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 222 (October/November 2006) is the issue that are currently on-line. The web counter shows that it is a service that is being widely used. **********
Some of you will already know that we have been involved with Shirley Collins & Pip Barnes in an extensive tour this autumn with a show that is based on Shirley's wonderful book. We have been having a hectic time, being away from Lewes for most of October, but the tour has been going really well. There are just a few more dates on the tour:-
Tuesday October 31st Purcell Room Royal Festival Hall South Bank London 7.45pm Box Office:08703 800 400 Website:

Saturday November 4th Helmsley Arts Centre North Yorkshire 7.30pm Box Office: 01439 771700 Website:

Thursday November 9th The King of Hearts Fye Bridge Street Norwich 7.30pm Box Office: 01603 611412 Website:

Friday November 10th Stamford Arts Centre Lincolnshire 8.00pm Box Office:01780 763203 Website:

Here is a synopsis of the show:-
" America Over the Water is a unique and powerful show that takes you on an epic song-hunting journey through the heartlands of America's deep South in 1959, when Shirley Collins, a young folk-singer from Sussex accompanied America's renowned folklorist, Alan Lomax. This enthralling story told by Shirley and actor Pip Barnes with passion and humour, is illustrated with rare and remarkable music and pictures."
The paperback edition of the book is now published and has been selling extremely well on the tour.
6] SHIRLEY COLLINS - I'm A Romany Rai
Shirley's show about the Gypsy singers and songs of Southern England, with recordings and slides.
Date for "I'm a Romany Rai" -

* Monday November 6th Cecil Sharp House 2 Regents Park Road London NW1 7AY Time 7.30 Tickets £6.50 Email:info_at_efdss_dot_org Telephone: 020 7485 2206

7] INSTRUMENTAL & VOCAL WORKSHOPS IN LEWES As I am the one sending these email circulars, I get frequent phone calls and emails enquiring about these workshops, but I am not the organiser! I am just trying to help publicise them because they are such a good idea. The Saturday daytime instrumental workshops in Lewes organised by Valmai Goodyear - valmaigoodyear_at_aol_dot_com (01273) 476757 . (Incidentally, it would be interesting to know if there are any other two folk clubs in the UK that are so close together. The Lewes Arms and the Royal Oak are about 100 yards apart from one another, yet both have been operating successfully for decades. As well as being geographically close, we also co-operate closely despite being totally different in organisers and resident singers.) LEWES ARMS FOLK CLUB WORKSHOPS 2006 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.
Dave Townsend & Phil Humphries - West Gallery Carols, Saturday 18th. November
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 Brian Peters - Ballad Forum, Sunday 3rd. December ************
8] FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC ON ROCKET FM LEWES 87.8FM Because of his commitment to touring with Shirley Collins and the "America Over The Water" show, Vic Smith's programmes on this year's season of ROCKET FM, the independent community radio station for Lewes and the Ouse valley has had to be scaled down. He will be presenting two one-hour programmes during the station's sixteen days on the air. The second show will be on

Wednesday 1st November 9-10pm
9] REGULAR SESSIONS IN THE LEWES/BRIGHTON AREA - NEW WEBSITE The organisers of the two Lewes folk clubs have been discussing the need for a website to bring attention to the many and varied regular song and tune sessions in our area (Well, those that don't mind being publicised anyway!) Bryan Creer has decided to take on the task and he is building up a list of them at Have a look and if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact him on Bryancreer_at_aol_dot_com *************
10] ALISTAIR ANDERSON IN HOVE - THURSDAY 9th NOVEMBER Alistair Anderson contacts to say:- I am coming down to the Old Market Arts Centre in Hove on Thursday 9th November to play a new piece - The Farne Islands- plus some bits from Steel Skies and some rearrangements of music I created with jazz trombonist Annie Whitehead - plus some compositions of Will Taylor and Will Atkinson - in other words recent music in the folk tradition - in its widest sense It's a fun show with:-
Sophy Ball - fiddle - from the great young band 422 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2000 Rachael McShane - cello - from Bellowhead Shone Mooney - fiddle -current holder of BBC Radio Scotland young musician of year Rachel Newton - Clarsach (Scottish Harp) -finalist BBC Radio Scotland young musician of year Joe Oliver - whistle and oboe - another member of 422
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. We arrived back from our last visit to The Gambia with over 200 of the lovely batiks made by Buba Drammeh to sell through this site and we photograph each one to show on the site:-
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. Sound clips from Sherrifo's album "Chesano" have been added to this website. +++++++++++++++++++++
...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 2006/7 are being snapped up quickly. It is the busiest year that we have had for quite a few years. As well as playing for the Farewell event for the Brighton Festival at the end of May, we have been booked back at the Corn Exchange to play for the midwinter ceilidh on 20th December. Contact Tina on 01273 478124 or email her at tina_at_twistle_dot_freeserve_dot_co_dot_uk to book the band. The band's website is at

Vic Smith
26 Ferrers Road
East Sussex

Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124



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