From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 22 June 2008 11:51
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2008-06-22

Newsletter            22nd June 2008


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
or email:

Still to come in June…


And mark you diaries for the return of the
Folk, Roots and Acoustic show on East Grinstead’s MeridianFM, beginning on Sunday 29 June, 8-10pm (with luck, there will be interviews and music from some of the festival acts!)


27 – 29 June
Crawley Folk Festival

Acts include:

Seth Lakeman

Karine Polwart

Martin Simpson

Lucie Diamond


Anna Tabbush

Rachel Harrington


Tim Van Eyken

See below for more

30 June
Thea Gilmore

Just over a year since her last Acoustic Sussex show (and after headlining last year's Crawley Festival), Thea Gilmore returns on the final date of her June tour (after playing Glastonbury) to showcase her jnew CD, Liejacker

See below for more

29 June (FREE)  Hosting one of their occasional summer music events, the Red Lion in Turners Hill is holding a late-afternoon garden gig with returning US troubadour Bob Cheevers, at the start of his 41 date Summer tour, accompanied by guitarist David MacNeill.  If last year’s visit is anything to go by, it could be an afternoon to remember!


UPCOMING EVENTS (details below)

Ø     27/28/29 June Crawley Folk Festival in the Hawth theatre and grounds

Ø     Monday 30 JuneThea Gilmore (w/Pete Du Pon) at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead

Ø     Monday 21 JulyEve Selis Band at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne

Click here for September - December 2008 dates
or visit our website for more on this link


Now playing on our
MySpace jukebox: Thea Gilmore; Peted Du Pon and Eve Selis (ncluding live BBC session recordings)

27-29 June
Hawth theatre and grounds
Friday £17.50
(£10 if bought with Weekend Ticket)

Saturday £25/Sunday £15

Weekend Ticket £35



What they say…
The sprawling wooded grounds of The Hawth are the perfect backdrop for the annual Crawley folk festival – a three day family friendly celebration of the best traditional and contemporary music that the folk scene has to offer!

With an indoor theatre, workshop rooms and oodles of outside space, The Hawth’s unique setting means we can do so much more than your average festival! You can soak up the ambience at the Amphitheatre stage or sample a pint at the bar and enjoy the best small acoustic acts at the foyer stage. If its big names on a big stage you’re after - the main theatre is for you, whilst the intimate Studio setting offers a chance to get up close and personal to some of folk’s most accomplished acts.

Real ale tents, food stands and craft stalls are nestled conveniently between the storytelling tent, dance stage and open air marquee allowing you to weave from one event to the next and adding to the camaraderie and feel-good festival vibe!

What we say…
Acoustic Sussex is delighted to be associated with this friendly and local festival, with a number of the acts selected with our recommendation. As well as the well-known names, look out in particular for Flossie Malavaille, Kerfuffle and Roger Davies. And the late night acoustic sessions (on Friday and Saturday) may spring a few surprises! Great value for money too!


Click here to go to the festival’s MySpace page

30 Jun
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.  Also watch out for the support for this show – Pete Du Pon. A great singer, he’s recently toured with Amy MacDonald and is being tipped to go places (you can hear a sample track on our MySpace site)


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

21 July

at The Ravenswood
Support: tbc

£13 (£15  door)     8pm
Tickets 01342 714810
buy online via Acoustic Sussex website

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



What they say…
From the west coast of America, Eve Selis has been impressing audiences from Hollywood to New York and many places in between with her powerful and distinctive vocals. Winner of the 2005 San Diego Best Americana award, the California-based singer mixes country with R&B, blues and folk. Her vocals are strong and her band includes some of Southern California's finest musicians. Eve has been compared to Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt and Joan Osborne but has more than proved herself as an artist in her own right - she is one of the top female artists on music download site and has had ten number one songs in various charts.

On stage Eve delivers a stunning performance with equal parts innocence and authority, always soulful, strong and sexy. Her voice is variously described as passionate, melodic, raspy and sweet, with a phenomenal range. She has opened for Crosby, Stills & Nash who dedicated "Darkstar" to her after a mesmerizing set.

Eve is not only a writer and performer but is also committed to helping less fortunate people and supports various charities including one for battered women and abused children.

"A gifted writer and electrifying singer who stands head and shoulders above many of her big name contemporaries"  Maverick magazine

"One of the best shows I've ever seen in the U.K.Bob Harris, BBC2

"A modern day queen of 'Roadhouse Rock', Eve blends soaring pop melodies with hard-hitting rock & roll and alternative country twang, topped off with a passionate and powerful delivery. Her live performances with a kick-ass band are something to behold"

What we say…
After a short break to have a baby, Eve is back with a superb new CD, out on 31 May, co-written by her long-time musical partner and wonderful guitarist, Mark Intravaia, and she’s touring with a full band including ‘Cactus’ Jim Soldi (Johnny Cash Band)  – a guaranteed top show!


Eve Selis

Listen to Eve’s live session on Bob Harris’s show

Mark ‘Twang’ Intravaia

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 2008 dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:

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    20 October – Bob Fox & Stu Luckley + support (tbc)

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

Ø    17 November – Kreg Viesselman

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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