From: Vic & Tina Smith [tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 29 March 2009 21:49
Subject: NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR APRIL

NINE ITEMS OF FOLK MUSIC NEWS FROM LEWES FOR APRIL



1] FOLK AT THE ROYAL OAK
Station Street, Lewes
Enquiries:- (01273) 478124 or 881316
Email tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk_dot_
Every Thursday 8.pm PROMPT START
Here is our programme for the next three months. For the four Thursdays in May, we will be having a season of Irish performers and each are outstanding performers bring different aspects of the rich tradition of that country Please note that we have been forced to change what will be presenting on April 30th.


Apl 2nd * 5.00 * JIM BAINBRIDGE

A real one-off character. Jim's songs come from a wide range of sources and represent a unique approach to the tradition. He is also a great melodeon player


Apl 9th * £5.00 * MATT QUINN & TOM MOORE

Matt is a superb young multi-instrumentalist and singer who honed his skills at the Royal Oak. Tonight, he is joined by an even younger musician, the amazing fiddler, Tom Moore.


Apl 16th * £5.00 * HAZEL AND EMILY ASKEW

These sisters are two of the finest young performers on the scene. Fiddle and melodeon duets and lovely singing


Apl 23rd * £5.00 * CHRIS FOSTER
One of the finest singers and most thoughtful inventive guitar accompanists of English folk songs. On tour from his new home in Iceland.



Apl 30th * free admission * OPEN NIGHT

We had the Palinka Band from Hungary booked for this night, but they have been forced to cancel this previously advertised appearance as one of their members Katalin Tamas has become very ill. As there is no replacement that we could think of that would be even vaguely suitable, we has decided to make this one of our very occasional Open Nights. We hope that The Palinka Band will return to the UK and that we will be able to offer them a date in the future.



May 7th * £5.00 * CON FADA DRISCEOIL *** Irish Season ***
One of Ireland's foremost comic song writers in the traditional style in recent decades and a very fine button accordion player



May 14th * £5.00 * KEVIN & ELLEN MITCHELL *** Irish Season ***
Two of Britain's finest singers of traditional songs. Kevin is from Derry and Ellen is from Glasgow



May 21st * £5.00 * OLIVER MULLIGAN & BRENDAN McAULEY *** Irish Season ***
Oliver, originally from County Monaghan, is a much respected singer of mainly Irish traditional songs, most in English and a few in Irish Gaelic. Tonight he is joined by a very fine uillean piper.



May 28th KATHLEEN O' SULLIVAN & BILLY TEARE *** Irish Season ***
A welcome return for Kathleen, the lead singer with "The London Lasses", one of the finest singers around, tonight in the company of one of Ireland's leading story tellers





On July 16th, we will be presenting one of our most ambitious nights ever when we present THE MAGNOLIA SISTERS from Eunice in Louisiana with Jane Vidrine, Anya Burgess, Lisa Reed, and Ann Savoy

Our Future Guests will also include:-

TONY HALL * JERRY EPSTEIN & RALPH BODINGTON * SPIERS, SHEPHEARD & WATSON * MICHAEL MARRA *DAVE RUCH * DICK GAUGHAN * RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE * CARL JONES & BEVERLEY SMITH * LEN GRAHAM

Our websites are at

www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic and

www.myspace.com/royaloakfolklewes



Those of you who arrange listings are politely requested to include all of the above.

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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 www.myspace.com/royaloakfolklewes
Currently on our MYSPACE we have the following tracks by coming guests:-
Jim Bainbridge - "East End Girls" - (April 2nd)
Matt Quinn & Tom Moore - "The Shropshire Lass/The Swiss Boy/Iron Legs" - (April 9th)
The Askew Sisters - "The Old Virginia Lowlands" - (April 16th) Chris Foster - "The Banks of Newfoundland" - (April 23rd)
Con 'Fada' Driscoeil - "King Lear" - (May 7th)
Kevin Mitchell - "The Banks of Brandywine" - (May 14th)



After each gig the songs will drop off to be replaced with another by an upcoming guest.
In addition there are videos by each of the following coming guest artists:-


THE ASKEW SISTERS - April 16th
CHRIS FOSTER - April 23rd
TONY HALL - June 11th

THE MAGNOLIA SISTERS - July 16th

MICHAEL MARRA - September 24th

DAVE RUCH - October 22nd

DICK GAUGHAN - November 19th

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3] SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE - UPDATED
For all the listings of folk music, song club, dances, festivals in and around Sussex, have a look at 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 April 2009.
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4] THE FOLK DIARY
Most of the listings on the Sussex Folk Guide website are taken from the paper magazine, THE FOLK DIARY. Issue no 236 covers the months of April and May 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 and a few reviews of 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 rates.

The copy date for the April/May issue is February 28th. 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.

Please contact

JIM MARSHALL 01273 559750 jimars_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk

Or

VIC SMITH 01273 478124 tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk
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5] THE FOLK DIARY ON LINE
THE FOLK DIARY is available on-line at
www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/fd.htm You will need Adobe ACROBAT READER to read the pages. The size of each page is given by each page link and the content of each page is indicated. The following issues are now on-line and are listed here with the content of each page:-

ISSUE No. 235 Febuary - March 2009
Page 1 (1679kb) Folk at the Hawth Crawley, Luca's music lessons, Folk Camps, Beacon Tunbridge Wells (Mons), Barber & Taylor at Open House Brighton Page 2 (1290kb) Piggies Open Mic Uckfield (Tues), Sussex Folk Association, Lamb Eastbourne (Wednesdays), Electric Voices presentations, Spyboy presentations
Page 3 (828kb) Lewes Saturday Club, Royal Oak Lewes (Thurs) - Advertising rates and copy dates
Page 4 (1306kb)Gary's Music Club Coolham (Sats), Vince's fiddles, Barry Murphy banjos, White Horse Bodle St. Green (Mons). Willows Folk Club Arundel (Weds)
Page 5 (1346kb) Spinning Jenny Dance Band, Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Hove Folk Club (Fris), Mid-Sussex Folk Singers (Weds)
Page 6 (1314kb) Brighton Acoustic Sessions (Mons), SEFAN Conference, North Brighton singarounds (Suns & Weds), Rude Mechanicals (Weds). Meltdown Ceilidhs (Sats), Cellarfolk Brighton (Tues), Fee calls Ceilidhs, Six Bells Chiddingly (Tues)
Page 7 (887kb) Broadstairs Folk Week, Brighton Folk & Blues Club, Hobgoblin Music
Page 8 (2068kb) Acoustic Sussex presentations, Horsham folk club (Suns)


ISSUE No. 236 APRIL - MAY 2009
Page 1 (2002kb) Greg Harper album, Pig's Ear Kentish Folk Ale 2009, Crawley Folk Festival
Page 2 (1687kb) Piggies Open Mic Uckfield (Tues) Lamb Eastbourne (Weds), Sussex Folk Association, The Mick Jagger Centre, Spyboy presentations Page 3 (812kb) Lewes Saturday Club, Royal Oak Lewes (Thurs) - Advertising rates and copy dates
Page 4 (1420kb)Horsham Folk Club (Suns), Acoustic Sussex.
Page 5 (488 kb) Gary's Acoustic Music Club, Kate Rusby at the Hawth, Crawley, Electric Voices
Page 6 (410kb) Seaford Folk Club (Fris), Hove Folk Club (Fris), Mid-Sussex Folk Singers (Weds), G P Music Promotions (Crawley) .
Page 7 (969kb) Harmony Glen dates, Brighton Folk & Blues Club (Fris), Royal Oak Lewes Sunday Session, Royal Oak Lewes Irish Month in May, Hobgoblin Music
Page 8 (1670kb) Barry Murphy banjos, Vince's fiddles, Willows folk club Arundel (Weds),North Brighton Singarounds (Weds & Suns), White Horse Bodle St. Green (Mons), Meltdown Ceilidhs
Page 9 (399 kb) Littlehampton Folk & Roots Festival.
Page 10 (817 kb) Brighton Acoustic Session (Mons), Elsie's (Sats), Rude Mechanicals (Weds), Duck Baker concert Hurstpierpoint, Beacon Tunbridge Wells (Mons), Six Bells Chiddingly (Tues), Brighton Cellarfolk (Tues) Page 11 (1696 kb) Tenterden Folk Festival, CD Reviews
Page 12 (1883 kb) Folk In The Orchards Haywards Heath



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6] LEWES WORKSHOPS AT THE ELEPHANT & CASTLE
The workshops last a full Saturday or Sunday and the tutor performs at the club in the evening. The programme for the remainder of 2009 will be:-


25th. April Craig Morgan Robson Way through the Woods
26th. April Craig Morgan Robson Vocal harmony

6th. June Kerr /Fagan /Harbron Fiddle /Bouzouki /Concertina
7th. June Kerr Fagan /Harbron Vocal harmony/Winter MS tunes
11th. July Will Duke Scan Tester's tunes

18th. July Bonnie Shaljean Harp

12th. Sept Tommy Peoples Fiddle

19th. Sept Jeff Warner Song accompaniment

10th. Oct Tim Edey Melodeon

14th. Nov Vicki Swan Scottish smallpipes

21st. Nov Tom & Barbara Brown Ballad forum

5th. Dec Billy Teare Storytelling

5th. Dec Kathleen O'Sullivan Irish song


The website for more details is
www.lewesarmsfolkclub.org/LAFC/workshps.html or contact Valmai Goodyear on (01273) 476757 or email ValmaiGoodyear_at_aol_dot_com



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7] NEW MONTHLY SESSION IN LEWES

After a gap of several years, Sunday afternoon tune and song sessions will be returning to the bar of the Royal Oak in Station Street in Lewes. These will be on the last Sunday of the month from 3.30 - 5.30pm. starting on March 29th. They will be run by Vic & Tina Smith.

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8] OTHER 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
www.lewesarmsfolkclub.org/LAFC/Sessions.php
Cheers
Bryan
Have a look and if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact him on Bryancreer_at_aol_dot_com

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9] LEWES GARLAND DAY

A tradition revived by the Knots of May is Garland Day. On May Bank holiday they invite the children of Lewes and surrounding villages to enter a 'Children's Garland Competition and Procession'. This event was instituted in 1874 by Mr J F Verrall of the prominent Lewes family to encourage a love and knowledge of wild flowers and to channel into a respectable outlet the activities of urchins who traditionally begged a penny for the garland on 1st May. Following the judging of the garlands by the Mayor of Lewes in the Gun Garden at the Castle, the children process with the Knots of May from the Castle grounds down to Cliffe Bridge, accompanied by the Mayor and Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men. Certificates and prizes are presented to the children, by the Knots of May, for the prettiest garlands in the competition.

To find out where they will be dancing this year, details, when they are finalised will be posted on their website at www.knotsofmay.org.uk/
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...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
www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/pistols.htm and they have a MYSPACE profile as well at www.myspace.com/thesussexpistols

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VIC & TINA SMITH
26 Ferrers Road
LEWES
East Sussex
BN7 1PZ
England

Tel & Fax:- 01273 478124
Email:-
tinvic_at_globalnet_dot_co_dot_uk
folk_at_brighton_dot_co_dot_uk

ROYAL OAK WEBSITES:-
www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic

www.myspace.com/royaloakfolklewes

SUSSEX FOLK GUIDE WEBSITE:-
whatson.brighton.co.uk/folk

SUSSEX PISTOLS BARN DANCE BAND WEBSITE:-
www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic/pistols.htm

COMPOUND SOUNDS WEBSITE
www.compoundsounds.com

www.myspace.com/jalisherrifokonteh
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