From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 01 April 2009 07:36
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2009-04-01 ELIZA CARTHY - last few seats remaining

Newsletter               1 April 2009


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Tonight – ELIZA CARTHY – Chequer Mead, East Grinstead

On the first date of herDreams of Breathing Underwater Tour


Eliza Carthy

 STOP PRESS! Eliza Carthy is live in session on BBC radio 2’s Bob Harris show on Saturday 4 April, around midnight.

Robert Brown


1 April
Eliza Carthy
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead

Support: Robert Brown
£15 (£ 12.50 conc)    8pm
Box Office 01342 302000
Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead

Click here for News Release (PDF file)





“Eliza Carthy, taking the stage after feeding her baby in her first gig as a mother, played a fabulous comeback set fizzing with energy and high spirits. With a husky black velvet voice she cast a vocal spell and mixed it with her fiddle and cranky Tom Waits-style band. Her last song, a witty satire on car-crazy Britain, had the energy of an encore.”
Evening Standard on Eliza’s Albert Hall performance this week

After a triumphant return to the stage as part of last week's Teenage Cancer Trust folk gala at the Royal Albert Hall (read review here), Eliza Carthy begins her 26-date nationwide tour at East Grinstead’s Chequer Mead this Wednesday.

Twice-nominated for a prestigious Nationwide Mercury Prize, Carthy is also the winner of more than 7 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She has been a regular guest-presenter on the BBC Radio 2 Mark Radcliffe Show and has made several appearances on BBC TV’s Later with Jools. In addition, she has presented her own four part series on the history of English Folk on BBC Radio 2 and was recently the subject of the ITV documentary, Heaven & Earth.  She also featured prominently in the acclaimed BBC Four Folk Britannia season.

Yorkshire-born and now Edinburgh-based, Carthy grew up immersed in the world of traditional music. She divides her time between touring and recording with her legendary parents, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson and numerous pioneering solo and band projects. She has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists from Paul Weller to The Wainwrights, Nick Cave to Joan Baez.

Describing herself simply as a ‘modern British musician’, Carthy is only just beginning to reach the height of her musical powers. Though she’s only just turned 30, Eliza has revitalised and made folk music relevant to new audiences and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performances.

Accompanied by Willie Molleson on drums, Emma Smith on double bass and  Phil Alexander on keyboards / piano accordion, Eliza will showcase original material from her acclaimed new album, 'Dreams of Breathing Underwater' 

““A fizzing firework display full of colourful contrasts, vivid narratives and big characters” **** Mojo

“A shape-shifter of an album packed with musical and lyrical intrigue” **** Uncut

“Bewitching and original… a gloriously natural singer”' **** Q

 “Her boldest album yet” Word Seriously impressive”  Daily  Telegraph

"Magnificent"  **** The Guardian

“Eliza Carthy is one of the figureheads of the English folk revival … compelling”  Evening Standard


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     13 April – Bridget St John + Michael Chapman

Ø     4 May – Karine Polwart + Dan Reed

Ø     8 May – Kate Rusby (in association with The Hawth, Crawley)

Ø     21 May – Cara Dillon + Horses Brawl

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

Ø     26-28 June – Crawley Folk Festival

Ø     6 July – Christine Collister + Alex Hall

Ø     20 July - Iain Matthews + Mary Leay

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

Ø     21 September – Corinne West + Tinderbox

Ø     12 October – Uiscedwr

Ø     9 November – Chris & Kellie While

Ø     23 November – Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

Ø     11 December – Rachel Unthank & The Winterset


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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