From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snowdin_at_btopenworld_dot_com]
Sent: 21 December 2006 15:29
Subject: Acoustic Sussex newsletter - 21 December 2006

Christmas Eve
radio show

Listen in on Christmas Eve for the last (at least for the time being) of the folk, roots and acoustic programmes on East Grinstead’s community radio station, Meridian FM (at 8pm to 10pm).

Needless to say, this week’s programme will be a Christmas special. If you live in the East Grinstead and surrounding area, tune into FM 87.7 - or alternatively listen over the internet at


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




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.

STOP PRESS The long-awaited Strawbs boxed set is released this month (copies will be available to buy at the concert). Sourced from the Strawbs’ own archives, it includes unreleased songs, demo versions, alternate mixes, and live material. According to Witchwood Records, “it includes all the Strawbs tracks that ought to be in a boxed set, but virtually none of the versions that even devout fans will currently have in their collection”.



Acoustic Strawbs


Buy Now!

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 cancer 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, which so far includes: Amy Wadge, Ralph McTell, Tommy Emmanuel, Jacqui McShee, Nick Harper, Gretchen Peters, Clive Gregson, Christine Collister, Dougie MacLean, Bob Fox, Billy Mitchell, Dave Kelly, Al Stewart, Laurence Juber, Martha Tilston, Kris Delmhorst, Pierre Bensusan, Martyn Joseph, Simon Nicol, Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie, Gerry Conway, Karine Polwart, Steve Knightley and Phil Beer.

More details on how to bid for the guitar will follow in January.


Beth Nielsen Chapman

9 February
The Songs of Nick Drake
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
£10 (£9 conc)     8pm
Box Office 01342 302000



Although Keith James is still, in some respects, a well kept secret, he has recently seen a gradual emergence as one of the country's most valuable singer/songwriters, and concert performers. During January, February and March 2007, Keith performs his eighth UK tour entitled The Songs of Nick Drake, in which almost the entire concert is dedicated to the work of the most loved of all English singer/songwriters. Previous tours across the country, totalling over 250 concerts, have seen audiences filling arts centres and theatres to hear this music again after an absence from the live music scene of well over 30 years.

Nick Drake himself, was, during his prolific period, somewhat of a mystery. He only lived to record 3 albums, "Five Leaves Left", "Bryter Later" and "Pink Moon", all of which were regarded at the time as being flimsy and without the substance that was called for to engage popular audiences. It has only been in the last 10 years that many thousands of listeners have come to appreciate their beauty. Nick Drake has now, thankfully, become the most revered of all figures to take their place in the world of contemporary acoustic music. It is with this in mind that these concerts are presented.

A fresh and powerful approach to these wonderful songs
Patrick Humphries – Nick Drake biographer


Nick Drake

Keith James

For your future diaries..

Future dates in the 2007 Acoustic Sussex programme:

Ø    26 February 2007, Anais Mitchell (see website)

Ø    12 March 2007, Thea Gilmore (see website)

Ø    26 March 2007, Richard Durrant  (see website)

Ø    30 April 2007, Charlie Dore  (see website)

Ø    14 May, Corrine West tbc (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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