From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 28 June 2008 10:56
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2008-06-28 reminder

Newsletter             28 June 2008


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
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This Monday, 30th June at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead



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


This week’s show features interviews with Seth Lakeman and other acts from the
Crawley Folk Festival (see below). And Thea Gilmore will also be on the phone -  fresh from her Glastonbury performance!

Click for more below


Also this weekend…


27-29 June
Hawth theatre and grounds

Saturday £25/Sunday £15

Weekend Ticket £35



After an excellent opening Friday night, the festival continues…
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

Sunday 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!


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.

""Liejacker is a beautiful, deeply affecting piece of work.. Go and buy this, and then tell all your friends..." * * * * * Observer Music Magazine

"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

For your future diaries...


Other 2008 dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø    21 July - Eve Selis Band + support (tbc)

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

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

Ø    3 October – Eliza Gilkyson with Robert McEntee

Ø    11 October – Richie Havens (special promotion with The Hawth)

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

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

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.


 Visit our MySpace site for 6 song samples

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