From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 01 January 2009 21:37
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2009-01-01

Newsletter          1 January 2009


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
or email:

Wishing you a Happy New Year
with 2 special showcase events for your diaries (tickets on sale now)

Tuesday 20 January

Anais Mitchell
Andy Whittle  -  Sadie Jemmett
Megan & Joe Henwood

More details and ticket information below

Monday 9 February

Gordon Giltrap
 Alan Prosser (Oysterband)
John Gomm  -  Duncan McKenzie

More details and ticket information below

Have a listen…

ow playing on our MySpace jukebox: Anais Mitchell, Andy Whittle, Sadie Jemmett, Megan & Joe Henwood (live from the Folk Awards) - click here

Coming up later in 2009:
Eliza Carthy, Uiscedwr, Martin Harley Band, Mark Erelli, Bridget St John, Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Cara Dillon, Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies, Chris & Kellie While
Click here for dates (below)  or  visit our website for more information


20 January


ANAIS MITCHELL + Andy Whittle + Sadie Jemmett +
Megan & Joe Henwood
at The Ravenswood
£12 (£14  door)    7.30pm
Tickets 01342 714810
buy online via Acoustic Sussex website

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

Click here for News Release (PDF file)


Four exciting singer-songwriters - including the just-announced 2009 BBC Young Folk Awards winners, Megan & Joe Henwood - and one of the most exciting and US artists around, Anais Mitchell. All come together for a special showcase event dedicated to the craft of song-writing.

Recently signed to Grammy Award-winning Ani DiFranco's label, Anais Mitchell is a past winner of the US Kerville New Folk Award and is one of the most original singers and writers on the 'nu-folk' scene. She's spent in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East, bringing a worldly depth to her writing, which she presents to her audience with a graceful presence of spirit.

"A songwriter of startling clarity and depth, equally skilled at turning a melody or lyrical phrase into what you didn’t know you needed until you heard it.” Acoustic Guitar magazine

Andy Whittle is a Midlands-based songsmith whose poetic lyrics with memorable melodies are inspired by great songwriters, but his style is quite unique, revealing a sensitivity beyond his years. Andy has played once before in the Acoustic Sussex programme (supporting the Ric Sanders Group).

Ex-Sussex-resident (now living in London), Sadie Jemmett is one of the most magical English singer-songwriters to excite our ears in many a year.

Completing the line-up are the 2009 BBC Young Folk Awards winners, a brother and sister duo from Oxfordshire, Megan & Joe Henwood. 20 year old Megan first stood on a stage to perform her own composition at the age of 9 and draws inspiration through her Mother's love of folk music and evenings spent at Nettlebed Folk Club. Megan is accompanied on saxophone by her 15 year brother Joe, who is still in his final GCSE year.

A wonderful evening awaits!


9 Feb
“A Celebration of
  the Guitar”

+ Jon Gomm
+ Duncan McKenzie

at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead
£13 (£ 11 conc)   7.30pm
Box Office 01342 302000
Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead




A one-off showcase of some of the UK's most talented and original guitarists. 

Headlining is the ever-popular Gordon Giltrap, who has made 25 albums and several hits over his 30 year career. By the time he was 18 he had secured his first recording contract.  10 years, 6 albums and numerous concerts later, he became an ‘overnight success’ with the hit single ‘Heartsong’, the first of two chart singles and two chart albums. Gordon continues to innovate and develop, such as his Double Vision duo with the classical guitarist Ray Burley and his new project “The Dodo Dream” in which he uses electric guitars to build and expand a composition live on stage.

A wonderful guitarist, I just wish he would slow down so that I could copy (play) with him” Bert Jansch

People would tell me about (American guitarist) Sandy Bull and I'd say, I don't know about Sandy Bull; you want to start listening to some of these people over here; Bert Jansch, Davey Graham and Gordon Giltrap for heaven's sake.”  Jimmy Page

Alan Prosser is widely known as the guitarist in Oysterband. But beyond the trademark power chords and driving rhythms he is an accomplished acoustic artist with a reputation among fellow musicians as a perfectionist. Alan's solo performances give the audience an opportunity to enjoy his well crafted songs and fluent finger-style guitar playing as they were written - for guitar and voice.

This is a side of Prosser that has been kept very much under

Completing the bill are by two superb and inventive musicians, Leeds-based Jon Gomm and, from Sussex, Duncan McKenzie.


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...


Future 2009 dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø    23 February – Martin Harley Band

Ø    23 March – Mark Erelli

Ø    1 April – Eliza Carthy

Ø    13 April – Bridget St John + Michael Chapman

Ø    4 May – Karine Polwart

Ø    21 May – Cara Dillon

Ø    8 June – Dick Gaughan

Ø     19 June – Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes – NOW BOOKINGtickets selling fast – Box Office 01342 302000


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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