From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 18 February 2009 18:23
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2009-02-18 - IMPORTANT MESSAGE re Martin Harley Band (23 Feb)

Newsletter                         18th February 2009


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
or email:

Monday 23 February at The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne

If you’re thinking of coming to see the Martin Harley Band on Monday next, 23 February, please note that tickets are now available on an advance-booking basis only (not on the door). Due to holidays, it would be appreciated if any reservations or online bookings could be made by 5pm this Friday, 20 February.  Many thanks.


Listen on the band’s Myspace

23 February  8pm

at The Ravenswood

Support: Jemima Price
£10 advance only
Reservations 01342 714810 or 716975
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)


Surrey-born Martin Harley is a mesmerising singer/songwriter whose original sound draws on influences from old time blues and folk to world music to create songs that sound so familiar you think you’ve grown up with them. Songs about living in cars, worn out shoes, girls lost in the carnival lights, satellite hunting in car parks and a constant sense wondering are recurring themes. His original approach to playing slide guitar across his lap and his accomplished finger style playing are the cornerstone of the music along with his whiskey soaked northern breeze vocals.

Martin has appeared on compilations with J.J. Cale, P.J. Harvey and Eric Clapton, Paul Weller and The Who. He has played with the likes of Bo Diddley, Omar and the Howlers, Joe Bonamassa, Lisa Mils, Dr Feelgood, Newton Faulkner, Scott Mattews, James Blunt, Martin Simpson, Chas n Dave, Happy Mondays, Magic Numbers, The Hat, The Beautiful Girls, Peter Bruntnall, Kate Walsh and many more.

In band format, tight harmonies and snaking rhythms on the world's smallest drum kit and obscure instrumentation from Peter Swatton weave their way around the guitar. The lineup is completed by double bass and balalaika bass, sometimes bowed, sometimes beaten by Graeme Ross.The band has recently completed a run of tour dates supporting James Morrison.

Voted by Digital blues as one of the best solo performers of 2006 and voted best solo acoustic act by London Acoustic in 2005 this slide guitar virtuoso in not to be missed.

“an understated, mature and intelligent masterpiece of American roots music” Maverick Magazine.

“In the Martin Harley Band the future of British roots and blues is assured. Formidable guitar skills “ Guitarist Magazine

Support for the show is provided by Sussex singer-songwriter, Jemima Price, who was compared by Time Out to Kate Bush and hailed as a “talent to watch” by Cosmopolitan. She has recently supported Jools Holland and Deacon Blue.

“Sensual and psychedelic….she has the potential to outperform any of the season's crop of female singer-songwriters.” Q Magazine


Martin Harley Band to play Royal Albert Hall on 31 March, supporting James Morrison

Martin Harley Band (website)

"No one is making music like it"
Guitarist Magazine June 2008

For more reviews, click here

Jemima Price (website)

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 March – Mark Erelli + Cate Ferris

Ø    1 April – Eliza Carthy + Robert Brown

Ø    13 April – Bridget St John + Michael Chapman

Ø    4 May – Karine Polwart + Dan Reed

Ø    21 May – Cara Dillon + Horses Brawl

Ø    8 June – Dick Gaughan + Mary Hampton

Ø     19 June – Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes – SOLD OUT

Ø     26-28 June – Crawley Folk Festival

Ø     20 July – Iain Matthews + Mary Leay

Ø     7 September – Sam Baker (band) + The Haley Sisters

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.


 Now playing on our MySpace site: Martin Harley Band, Mark Erelli, Eliza Carthy and Bridget St John click here

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