From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 21 December 2007 01:06
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Christmas Newsletter - 21 December 2007

Thanks for your support in coming to our events in 2007. We’ve some great music lined-up for 2008 so hope to see you soon!



Now playing on our Myspace website, a live version of ‘White Christmas’ as performed by The Haley Sisters on 17 December




14 January
at The Ravenswood
Support: Emma Kirby

£10 (£12  door)     8pm
Tickets 01342 714810
or buy online via Acoustic Sussex website



Martin Stephenson, formerly of The Daintees, is an extremely gifted singer, songwriter, musician and performer. Originally influenced by the punk rock era, his free spirit incorporated a musical range from rockabilly through show tunes and straight rock to the success of The Daintees, of which he was a founder member in the '80s. The band's debut single, "Roll On Summertime" was a sparkling, cheerful item that announced the arrival of a considerable new talent.

Now relocated in the Highlands of Scotland, Martin remains a gifted, but self-effacing, and modest individual. He ploughs his own furrow, still refining his already prodigious musical skills. A unique talent, when he's not playing the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with Janis Ian, you could see him standing on the corner in Inverness town with a banjo playing ragtime. Or maybe travelling through Spain solo. Or with his swing band 'The Toe-Rags'. Or playing an intimate London show in the 12 Bar on Denmark St. next to "Hank's" guitar shop where he hacked his two vintage Gibsons in 1992.

“The originality in Stephenson's work comes from something much deeper than chords and notes and lyrics - it is essentially about a belief in music as a healing device, as a power for good, and as a tonic for emotional trauma - 'The Song Of The Soul' - yes, that will do nicely”
Richard Cundill (from ‘The Song of the Soul’ biography)

"Stephenson's live shows are totally unique - drawing on chat with members of the audience, new songs (often songs made then and there) and old material from his 25+ year back catalogue. He in short is a stand up comedian, fantastic guitar player, excellent songwriter - and in my opinion the best live musician I have ever seen."
Bob Paterson, BPA Live

Special support tonight is provided by new singer songwriter Emma Kirby, who comes recommended by record producer Steve Hillier – check our MySpace site for sound samples.


Martin Stephenson

Listen to sound samples on Martin's MySpace site

Emma Kirby

7 February
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
Support: tbc

£13 (£11 conc)     8pm
Box office 01342 302000



Recently nominated in 4 of the 9 categories in the BBC Folk Awards, the all-girl Northumbrian quartet have courted the mainstream without diluting their folk roots, luring fans as disparate as Phil Jupitus, Kate Rusby, and Stuart Maconie. They bring honesty and imagination to the tradition alongside charming interpretations of songs by the likes of Antony & The Johnsons, Robert Wyatt and Bonnie Prince Billy. In fact, while Rachel & co. come from a very traditional starting point, viewing them in a folk context could be misleading, not to mention limiting. Rachel & co are better seen alongside the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Joanna Newsom; eclectic artists whose only common ground is in sounding like nothing that has come before.

“a magical album...a work of towering quality" The Telegraph

"Quite possibly the folk album of this generation" ***** Rock'n'Reel

"utterly gorgeous" **** The Guardian»

"deeply atmospheric" **** MOJO

"glorious" **** Uncut

Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence”’
The Independent



BBC Folk Awards website


Rachel Unthank & The Winterset

18 February
at The Ravenswood
Support: Chris Simmons

£10 (£12  door)     8pm
Tickets 01342 714810
or buy online via Acoustic Sussex website



Charlie Dore is one of the UK’s most respected songwriters. Initially a highly original solo artist (her self-written single Pilot Of The Airwaves reached number 13 on the Billboard chart back in 1980), she went on to ply her gifts for inspired melodies, big harmonies  and clever, quietly subversive lyrics in the wider commercial marketplace, and with great success: Tina Turner, Celine Dion, George Harrison, Lisa Stansfield, UB40, Jimmy Nail, Sheena Easton and Hayley Westenra are just a handful of the diverse artists to have covered her songs.

Originally trained as an actress, Charlie has worked in TV, Theatre, Radio and Film, starring opposite Jonathan Pryce In the award-winning 'The Ploughman’s Lunch'

With her acclaimed album, Sleep All Day, Charlie hit a new vein of creativity, drawing freely on her acoustic folk/country roots. Written simply and organically with Julian Littman, the album drew unequivocal media praise and many new fans. Her most recent album, ‘Cuckoo Hill’ also received rave reviews; if you appreciate good songs, beautifully sung, it’s highly recommended. Charlie’s new album should be out in the new year, just in time for the gig.

Imagine what might happen if you shut the McGarrigle Sisters in a room with Gillian Welch and made them listen to Lennon and McCartney all day
Alan Jackson


Charlie Dore

Chris Simmons

1 March
A musical adaptation by Ashley Hutchings’ Lark Rise band
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
Support: tbc

£14 (£10 conc)     8pm
Box office 01342 302000



Lark Rise to Candleford, written by Flora Thompson, recalls the rural England of the late 19th Century, leading up to the Great War of 1914 - 1918. It is crammed full of stories, customs, music, singing games and much more besides.

When the National Theatre decided to put on a play of Lark Rise two decades ago, it was Ashley Hutchings who was appointed Music Director and his Albion Band provided the music.  A follow-up, Candleford, employed the same team.  A record of music and stories from the National Theatre productions soon followed. 

With the recent CD release of this classic album, Ashley has formed the Lark Rise band to once again draw focus to the memorable music of the plays. Joining him in the band is a new generation of singers and musicians, all of whom have discovered the magic of Lark Rise and its words and music.

A concert performance by the Lark Rise band will present music, words, dance and song from the book and the plays, celebrating a lost way of life so memorably captured by Flora Thompson.

A superb glimpse of an England that is now lost
Click here for a review of the show from Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

STOP PRESS - A ten-part adaptation of Lark Rise to Candleford featuring an all-star cast (including Dawn French) begins on Sunday evenings on BBC One early in 2008.


More about Lark Rise and
Flora Thompson’s books


Lark Rise Band


Lark Rise CD on Elephant Records website

Don’t forget that as well as our own shows, the Acoustic Sussex website has a Regional Gig Guide and links to venues and clubs in the South East that offer folk, roots and acoustic music – and our MySpace site contains over 500 links to a variety of other MySpace ‘friends’ sites, including musicians, venues, magazines and lots more.


Regional Gig Guide

For your future diaries...


Other dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø    10 March – Tom McConville (website)

Ø    31 March – Brooks Williams (website)

Ø    21 April - Corinne West (website)

Ø    15 May– Tannahill Weavers (website)

Ø    2 June – Amy Wadge (website)

Ø    26 June - Lucy Kaplansky tbc  (website)

Ø    21 July - Eve Selis  (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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