From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 12 June 2008 00:00
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2008-06-12 (What's on in June)

Newsletter              12 June 2008


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Visit our MySpace site for new sample tracks from Eleanor McEvoy and BBC Radio 2 Bob Harris live sessions featuring Thea Gilmore and Eve Selis (appearing 21 July)

There’s also a preview track ‘I Believe in Love’ from Eve Selis’ new CD, Angels and Eagles, due for release by Proper Records on 30 June

at Chequer Mead
click here for more below

27-29 June

(Seth Lakeman, Karine Polwart Band, Martin Simpson and many, many more!)
click here for full list on the festival’s MySpace site

at Chequer Mead
click here for more below

18 June
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
Support: Leihsja
£13 (£11 conc)     8pm
Box office 01342 302000

Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead

Click here for full News Release in PDF format



What they say…
Eleanor McEvoy is one of the leading singer songwriters of her generation, known throughout the world for her stunning live performances.  A multi-instrumentalist, Eleanor first shot to prominence when her song ‘A Woman’s Heart’ became the theme and title track to the biggest selling ever Irish album ‘A Woman’s Heart’.  The album stayed in the Top 10 for over a year and still remains in the Irish charts to this day.

A seasoned session musician and orchestral fiddle player from an early age, Eleanor was first signed to Geffen Records and has toured the world, achieving chart success in many countries with the eponymous album ‘Eleanor McEvoy’.  A move from Geffen to Sony Columbia yielded two further highly rated albums ‘What’s Following Me’ and ‘Snapshots’ before she embarked on her own musical journey.  ‘Yola’, her first independent release, was Hi-Fi Plus album of the year and became a standard reference in the world of High End Audio.  This was followed by the moody late night album ‘Early Hours’ and the highly acclaimed ‘Out There’

Eleanor's new album, 'Love Must Be Tough', has just been released to great reviews (and airtime on Radio 2’s Terry Wogan show)   The album represents a completely new departure, featuring a band of Ireland's finest session players and songs from a wide range of writers (click here for a CD review in NetRhythms).

“Immaculately tuneful, lyrically potent tales of love and life”  MOJO
“Bags of class… McEvoy earns plenty of respect for her multi-instrumental skills ..  her writing gets better & better”  Daily Telegraph
“First class songs sung by a genuinely soulful singer. Spare, clean arrangements and respectful covers. I think that about ticks all the boxes” Maverick

What we say…
A true class act (click to read a live review in Maverick magazine). Eleanor's new album, 'Love Must Be Tough', is planned for release in late May. The album represents a completely new departure, featuring a band of Ireland's finest session players and songs from a wide range of writers.  We are also delighted that local harpist Liehsja and her sister Eoni are providing support for Eleanor on this show.


Eleanor McEvoy

Click for a review



30 June
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
Support: Pete du Pon
£14 (£12 conc)     8pm
Box office 01342 302000


Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead

Click here for full News Release in PDF format



What they say…
Thea has blazed a unique and highly independent trail since releasing her debut album in 1998 aged 18. Prolific and diverse, her albums run the gamut from hushed, intimate acoustic settings to full throttle rock, always unified by her spine-tingling vocals and lyrics that combine poetic grace with acerbic, take-no-prisoners social observation.

In 2003, Thea achieved commercial breakthrough with the album Avalanche, which became Radio 2's Album Of The Week and included the hit singles Juliet and Mainstream. In the two years following this, she toured the US and Canada five times, including a 2004 pre-presidential-election tour with long-time fan Joan Baez, who joins Thea for the final track on her just-released CD, Liejacker.

Indeed, over the years, Thea has collaborated and shared stages with some of music's most revered names including the Waterboys, Steve Earle, Martha Wainwright, Peggy Seeger, Karine Polwart and Beth Orton. Noted Thea Gilmore fans include Bruce Springsteen - who regularly uses her tracks as his pre-performance music.

Thea Gilmore is an artist of great talent and integrity, who really matters and the show promises to be an unforgettable night.

"a dream fusion of Lucinda Williams' songwriting expertise and Chrissie Hynde's crystalline vocals" The Guardian (10 June)

"The best British singer songwriter of the last ten years and then some" Uncut

"One of the boldest and poetic lyricists currently working in British music. Gilmore's English-rose appearance and clear, folky voice exude a middle-class politeness quite at odds with the biting content of her songs."  The Telegraph

"...the best wordsmith of her generation." The Independent

 “Britain has spawned very few world class female singer-songwriters, but Gilmore is already in a league of her own"  Q magazine

What we say…
Just over a year since her last visit (and after headlining last year’s Crawley Folk Festival), Thea returns to East Grinstead to showcase her new CD, Liejacker (awarded 5 stars in the Observer). The album is a back-to-basic affair – and we love it. Come and hear for yourself.


Thea Gilmore

Click to read Guardian’s review of Thea’s show at the Sage

Click to hear Thea in live session on Bob Harris 1 June 2008

For your future diaries...


Other 2008 dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø    21 July - Eve Selis (full band)

Ø    8 September – Kirsty McGee and Mat Martin + support (tbc)

Ø    22 September – Dave Swarbrick & Martin Carthy + support: Lisa Knapp

Ø    3 October – Eliza Gilkyson + Robert McEntee

Ø    3 November – John Tams & Barry Coope + support (tbc)

Ø    17 November – Kreg Viesselman + support (tbc)

Ø    9 December – Dougie MacLean + support (tbc)


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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