FOURTEEN ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS
1] FOLK AT THE
Enquiries:- (01273) 478124 or 881316
Every Thursday 8.pm PROMPT START
Here is our programme from the now until the beginning of February.
Nov 6th * £5.00 * JEZ LOWE
A man who written so many outstanding songs and one who performs them with
great panache, style and relish.
Nov 13th * £6.00 * RORY McLEOD
Ex-circus clown and fire eater. A one man soulband, poet and storyteller,
singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour
using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger
cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments!
Nov 20th * £6.00 * MARTIN CARTHY
The outstanding singer and guitarist of the folk revival, Martin has been a
top attraction for four decades now.
Nov 27th * £5.00 * JIGJAW
The superb line-up of Janet Russell, Rosie Davis, Kerry Fletcher and Frances
Watt bring their unique combination of song, music and dance.
Dec 4th * free * LEWES LATE NIGHT SHOPPING OPEN NIGHT
Dec 11th * £5.00 * PEPPER’S GHOST CHRISTMAS SHOW
Songs, music, monologues and poems augment the wonderful Victorian Christmas
magic Lantern show with Alan & Rene Marriott, Charlotte Oliver, Richard
Spong & Roger Brasier.
Dec 18th * free * CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT
Our annual song and dance bash is always one of our most popular events.
Dec 25th & Jan 1st * Closed
Jan 8th * £7.00 * THE SULTANS OF SQUEEZE
Two maestros of free reed instruments and
Jan 15th * £5.00 * MAGGIE HOLLAND
Now based in
Jan 22nd * £5.00 * BILL PRINCE
The debut in Lewes of a very engaging singer with a crisp and adventurous guitar style. Traditional and own songs.
Jan 29th * £5.00 * “LISTEN & YOU SHALL HEAR” – THE LIFE & WORK OF LUCY BROADWOOD
As told, sung and played by Irene Shettle and Ralph Jordan.
Feb 5th * £6.00 * JEFF DAVIS
A very welcome return visit for one of
Our Future Guests will include:-
DAVE SWARBRICK * ZOOX * MARTIN CARTHY, NORMA WATERSON & CHRIS PARKINSON * JIM & LYNETTE ELDON * JIM BAINBRIDGE * THE ASKEW SISTERS * CHRIS FOSTER * CON FADA O’DRISCEOIL * TONY HALL * JERRY EPSTEIN & RALPH BODINGTON * DICK GAUGHAN
Our websites are at
Those of you with listings/ gig guides etc. are asked kindly to include
these dates amongst them.
2] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK ON "MYSPACE"
Our MYSPACE profile enables us to profile sample tracks of coming guests as well as show photos and biographies of coming guests. It is at http://www.myspace.com/royaloakfolklewes
Currently on our MYSPACE we have the following tracks by coming guests:-
Jez Lowe – “Bede Weeps” – (November
Rory McLeod - "Interrogations & Confessions" - (November 13th)
Martin Carthy - "Georgie" - (November 20th)
Janet Russell [of Jigjaw] - "The Pigeon & The Sparra" - (November 27th)
Sultans of Squeeze [John Kirkpatrick & Chris Parkinson] - "Gentlemen of High Renown" - (January 8th)
Maggie Holland - "A Proper Sort of Gardener" - (January 15th)
After each gig
the songs will drop off to be replaced with another by an
In addition there are videos by each of the following coming guest artists:-
JEZ LOWE November 6th
RORY McLEOD - November 13th
MARTIN CARTHY November 20th
SULTANS OF SQUEEZE - January 8th
ZOOX - February 12th
JIM ELDON - March 12th
THE ASKEW SISTERS - April 16th
CHRIS FOSTER - April 23rd
TONY HALL - June 11th
3] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK ON "YOUTUBE"
There are two photo-montage videos of artists that have appeared at the
Royal Oak in past years posted on “Youtube”.
The first one features singers and musicians who have played at The Royal
Oak between 2002 and 2006. You can see it at:-
It is accompanied by the following music:-
a] Foul Weather Call/From Night Till Morn
b] Monkey Hornpipe/Stepdance
c] Hunt The Squirrel/Four Hand Reel
This is played by Dan Quinn & Will Duke, two of the resident performers at
the Royal Oak, and taken from their album “Wild Boys” available from:-
The second one is a montage of some of the best performances at the Royal
Oak during 2007. You can see it at:-
It is accompanied by the following music:-
a] The High Low Schottische / Untitled Schottische
b] The Bird on Nellie's Hat / Hopscotch Schottische
It is played by Will Duke, one of the resident performers at the Royal Oak,
and taken from his 2008 album “Out of the Box ” available from Will by
emailing him at willlawrenceduke_at_hotmail_dot_com
4] SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE - UPDATED
For all the listings of folk music, song club, dances, festivals in and
around Sussex, have a look at http://whatson.brighton.co.uk/folk
This site all always kept updated with the latest events and those currently
listed cover all the dates up until the end of November 2008.
5] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the
paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY. Issue no 233 covers the months of October and November and this is now available. They are packed with adverts for
various folk festivals, folk music record companies, specialist shops,
instrument makers and other services as well as details of all the folk song
and dance events in our area. As well there are pages of reviews of
recent folk CDs. To obtain copies of this free magazine as it is published,
please send SAE's to Vic Smith at the address below.
It is also the address to send album review copies to. Potential
advertisers are also asked to contact Vic for a statement of our advertising
The copy date for the February/March issue is December 31st. However, it should be mentioned that once the available space has been filled, no more adverts can be accepted even if they are received BEFORE the copy date. With this in mind, it is worth contacting the editors before the copy date to state your intentions and reserve advertising space even if you have not got final details or you copy prepared.
JIM MARSHALL 01273 559750 <jimars_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk>
1 (937kb) Electric Voices Guildford area, Rude
Mechanicals Shoreham (Weds), Spyboy Autumn presentations, Knots of May
Page 2 (388kb) Piggies Open Mic Uckfield (Tues), Croydon Folk Club (Mons), Lamb Folk Club Eastbourne (Weds), The Sussex Pistols dance band, Uiscedwr Big Band in Hailsham
Page 3 (892kb) Lewes Arms Lewes (Sats), Royal Oak Lewes (Thurs) - Advertising rates and copy dates
Page 4 (695kb) Brighton Acoustic Session (Mons), Fee Calls Ceilidhs, Sussex Folk Association, Almond Greenway, Barry Murphy banjos, The Drift Ceilidh, Jim Marshall's button badges.
Page 5 (1582kb) Komedia events Brighton,
Page 6 (410kb) Melodeon for sale, Elsies Cowden Pound (Sats), White Horse Bodle Street Green (Mons), Acoustic mini festival East Grinstead, Six Bells Chiddingly (Tues), Brighton Singers Club (Weds & Suns) GBH Ceilidhs Godalming, Brighton Cellarfolk (Tues)
Page 7 (3108kb) Willows folk club Arundel (Weds), CD Reviews
Page 8 (2618kb) Horsham Folk Club (Weds), Julis Felix at The Willows Arundel, CD Reviews
Page 9 (2988kb) Hawth Crawley events, CD Reviews
Page 10 (1826kb) Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Beacon folk club Tunbridge Wells (Mons), Spinning Jenny Band, Meltdown Ceilidhs Haywards Heath
Page 11 (1825kb) Folk at Hemingways Brighton (Mons), The Great Feelgood Company, Chanctonbury Ring Morris, Vince's fiddles, Acoustic Sussex presentations
Page 12 (39kb) Roots Around The World presentations
7] INSTRUMENTAL & VOCAL WORKSHOPS IN LEWES
LEWES ARMS FOLK CLUB WORKSHOPS 2008/9
The workshops last a full Saturday or Sunday and the tutor performs at the
club in the evening.
22nd Nov - Roy Clinging & Neil Brookes -
6th Dec - Paul Hutchinson - Accordion
6th Dec - Paul Sartin – Fiddle
28th Feb - Brian Peters - melodeon
1st. March - Brian Peters - Ballad forum
28th. March - Tom McConville - Fiddle
25th. April - Craig Morgan Robson - 'The Way through the Woods' (a journey in songs)
26th. April - Craig Morgan Robson - Vocal harmony
5th. June - Nancy Kerr - Fiddle
5th. June - James Fagan - Bouzouki
5th. June - Robert Harbron - Concertina
6th. June - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Vocal harmony
6th. June - Robert Harbron - Tunes from the William Winter manuscript (any instrument)
18th. July - Bonnie Shaljean - Harp
12th. Sept - Tommy Peoples - Fiddle
19th. Sept - Jeff Warner - American traditional dance music (any instrument)
10th. Oct - Tim Edey - Melodeon
21st. Oct - Tom & Barbara Brown - Ballad forum
14th. Nov - Vicki Swan (with Johnny Dyer) - Scottish smallpipes
5th. Dec - Billy Teare - Storytelling
5th. Dec - Kathleen O'Sullivan - Irish song
The website for more details is
http://www.lewesarmsfolkclub.org/LAFC/workshps.html or contact Valmai
Goodyear on (01273) 476757 or email ValmaiGoodyear_at_aol_dot_com
8] FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC PROGRAMMES ON “ROCKET FM” LEWES
Rocket FM, the community radio station for Lewes and the Ouse valley is back on the air for the Bonfire season again this year for its eighth year. The frequency will be the usual one of 87.8FM with the facility to listen to the programmes on-line from the station’s website at http://www.rocketfm.org.uk/ and follow the "Listen Live!" link at the top of the navigation menu.
Once again the station’s folk music and world music programmes will be presented by Vic Smith. The last in his schedule is the one on Sun November 02 8-10pm. Two hours of the best in folk music featuring two extended illustrated interviews with Pete Morton and with Dan Quinn.
9] REGULAR SESSIONS IN THE LEWES/BRIGHTON AREA
Bryan Creer has taken on the task of detailing these, but has made changes
to the way this is presented. Here is what he says:-
I have given free rein to my inner geek and written a new version of the
Sessions page that works out the date of the next of each session (except
for the weekly ones where it seemed a bit pointless). This was inspired by
the uselessness of "Fortnightly counting from 3rd October 2006".
I think it probably works almost all of the time (maybe). Would you
like to change any references you make to it to
Have a look and if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact
him on Bryancreer_at_aol_dot_com
This year the tickets have gone on sale early for this hugely popular event.
Saturday 20 December
7pm (doors 6.15pm)
and caller Vic Smith
Despite its huge size, this event always sells out quickly, so if you intend buying tickets get on quickly to http://www.brightondome.org/events.aspx?eid=2999 for further details and tickets.
The Sussex Pistols have another public dance (Most of their gigs are for weddings, birthdays, works events PTAs etc) on Friday 21st November at the Barn Theatre in Southwick raising awareness and funds for mental health. Details and tickets from 01273 871575.
11] SEEKING A GUITAR STOLEN AT A GIG IN LEWES
A local musician
has been left devastated by the loss of his beloved vintage guitar. The incident
occurred on Friday (24th October) around midnight after
The guitar, a 70´s Gibson SG Standard, is left handed which makes it useful to only a minority of players. "The left handed guitar fraternity is a close knit group and any instrument that comes on the market is going to be spotted instantly" says Jon Wood, the musician whose guitar has been taken. "I guess these were opportunist thieves but they’ve ended up with a highly specialised item".
Jon has owned the guitar for over 10 years and the band are going into the recording studio this month to record their latest album. "I don’t know what I’ll do without my guitar for the recording sessions, this is devastating for me".
A reward of £100 is offered for information leading to the safe return of the guitar. Please email lewesguitartheft_at_yahoo_dot_com if you have any information.
12] RUDE MECHANICALS CONCERT
From Barry Ruffell
As part of the
Adur Arts Forum autumn concert series, the Rude Mechanicals Occasional Orchestra will be playing on Saturday, November 8th at the
The ensemble has been specially convened for the event, and includes a number of talented local musicians in addition to the regular Rude Mechanicals (Ray Chandler, Barry Ruffell and Jeremy Sherman).
The programme has been selected and arranged to showcase tunes from both the English and Swedish traditions.
Entry is free, with a retiring collection.
13] THE LIVING TRADITION MAGAZINE – CURRENT EDITION ON-LINE FREE!
Pete Heywood, editor of the excellent national folk music magazine The Living Tradition, contacts with news of the current issue:-
We are experimenting with ways to make more material from the Living Tradition available for casual readers and to extend features for our subscribers. AS A TEST we have put the whole of the current issue online. You can read it, print out parts of it, and you can forward the links and invite friends to see it.
If you are a subscriber, please visit the online version and give us any feedback. If you haven’t seen the magazine recently, we hope that it will tempt you to subscribe. Please pass this link on to any of your contacts who you think may be interested. Please also encourage them to register for our free email newsletter so that we can keep them in touch with developments. (Register via the Newsletter option on our website www.folkmusic.net )
If you would like to read this 68-page magazine (“A fascinating read – and it’s FREE” – Vic Smith) go to http://publishing.yudu.com/Library/Aqtex/TheLivingTraditionIs/resources/index.htm
This annual event runs from11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. It takes place at The Royal Oak, High Street, Barcombe (near Lewes) East Sussex BN8 5BA. Free admission - good pub food on sale all day. First an hour of informal tunes while people arrive. Then the singing starts, finishing with a good hour of glorious choruses. Ballads & the occasional instrumental party piece will be very welcome too. And for those who want to make a weekend of it, this is followed by
SESSION Sunday 18th. January 2009 noon - 3.00 p.m.
The Lewes Arms,
Free admission - good pub food on sale.
Details of both events from Valmai Goodyear on (01273) 476757 or email ValmaiGoodyear_at_aol_dot_com
...And if you are ever looking for a good barn dance band, look no further than THE SUSSEX PISTOLS - though you should get in quickly - available
dates for 2009 are being snapped up quickly.
Contact Tina on 01273 478124 or email her at tinasmith226_at_yahoo_dot_co_dot_uk to
book the band. The band's website is at
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/pistols.htm and they have a MYSPACE profile as well at http://www.myspace.com/thesussexpistols
VIC & TINA SMITH
26 Ferrers Road
Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124
ROYAL OAK WEBSITES:-
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