From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snowdin_at_btopenworld_dot_com]
Sent: 03 December 2006 18:24
Subject: Acoustic Sussex newsletter - 3 December 2006
Not a good start - the programme goes out from 8pm to 9.30 (not 7pm)!  Apologies if you've set your timers...

Newsletter        3rd December 2006


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
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East Grinstead’s new community radio station Meridian FM begins broadcasting a specialist folk, roots and acoustic programme tonight (Sunday 3 December) between 7pm and 8.30pm. 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
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Sound samples for John Tams and Edwina Hayes playing now!

Tommy Emmanuel live at Chequer Mead, 28 November

As well as some great tracks, tonight’s show will feature exclusive interviews with guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel (who played to a sold-out crowd at Chequer Mead last week) and also John Tams, in an interview recorded at the BBC Young Folk Awards in London on Friday. In the interview, John talks about how he's looking forward to playing at Chequer Mead on 11 December (see below), and discusses the extent to which today's youngsters are creating a modern revival in folk and acoustic music.

John Tams at the BBC Young Folk Awards, 1 December




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




* 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year – John Tams
* 2006 BBC Radio 2 Album of the Year (for ‘The Reckoning’)
* 2006 BBC Radio 2 Traditional Track of the Year (for ‘Bitter Withy’)
* and just announced - 2007 nominee for Best Original Song (‘Steelos’)

John Tams' gift as a singer/songwriter is legend. His partnership with Barry Coope is pure delight - their superbly paced set takes the audience on a memorable and wondrous journey as they present an enthralling, humorous and ultimately moving testament to the riches of England's popular musical heritage.

Winner of a hat trick of awards in the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, John 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, John was musical director of the BBC Radio Ballads, an updating of Ewan MacColl's 1957 Radio Ballads series. A year in the making, John 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.

 "An absolutely fantastic album - I love Amelia, love Safe House; I love it al l-  and Bitter Withy is out of this world."
Linda Thompson, singer/ songwriter

“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

STOP PRESS During the evening, John will be presented with a special award from the Folk Corporation. The award celebrates the best folk music that the 2,000+ members the Corporation have seen and heard over the course of the previous year. (For more information visit the Folk Corporation’s Talkawhile Discussion Forum.)


John Tams, Barry Coope




Hancock Award

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. Her beautifully crafted songs and mesmerising stage presence have led her to some of the UK's finest stages including The Royal Albert Hall in London.

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.

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

For your future diaries..

Future dates in the 2007 Acoustic Sussex programme:

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

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    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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