From: "Martin Snodin" <martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk>Date: 29 May 2009 00:29:34 BDTSubject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2009-05-28 - Change of programme
PROGRAMME CHANGE MONDAY 8 JUNE
DICK GAUGHAN + special guest RUTH NOT
Scottish singer and guitarist Dick Gaughan is just as strong and inspirational as when he started out, over 30 years ago. He grew up steeped in the music of the Gaels with his Scottish and Irish ancestry. Both parents were musicians - his mother a singer and his father a fiddle player - and he started playing an instrument when he was seven years old.
His first solo album won him a Folk Album of the Year award, and almost twenty years later in 1989, Folk Roots Magazine voted his album, A Handful of Earth, Album of the Decade. In 2005, Gaughan was nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award.
Restlessly imaginative, passionate in his beliefs, Gaughan remains a commanding presence on the musical scene. You go home from a Dick Gaughan session feeling exhilarated, not just at the wonderful skills of the most potent singer ever to emerge from the Scottish folk-music revival, not just at the astonishingly fluent and explosively eloquent guitar playing, but by the sense of the stark exposition of wrong and the tremulously argued legitimacy of right.
"There are very few singers who can inspire audiences with the commitment, passion, emotion and downright understanding that Gaughan has consistently achieved over the last 30 years or so. A truly masterful performer." Folk Roots
"Commitment. Passion. Honesty. You'll rarely find a review of a Dick Gaughan recording or concert that doesn't come up with one of these terms" Living Tradition
Special guest for this show is Ruth Notman, who was a finalist in the 2006 BBC Young Folk Awards. She started out on the live circuit at just 13 years old, performing at folk clubs and venues in the Midlands and soon began securing slots at leading Festivals. Her debut album, Threads achieved much critical acclaim with top reviews in The Guardian, Mojo, The Independent, BBC Radio 2 and fRoots, among others.
Ruth's pure and powerful voice conveys stories of love, loss, adventure and heartache, weaving through simple stripped down ballads and soaring above complex arrangements.
"One of the most assured, varied and impressive debut albums
of the year." The Guardian
“An 18 year old with such a spark in her voice it's hard to see
how she can fail" **** Mojo
"A great new talent." John Tams
“A new voice in British folk” The Independent – ALBUM OF THE WEEK
9 June – Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes (SOLD OUT)Ø 26-28 June – Crawley Folk FestivalØ 6 July – Christine Collister + Alex HallØ 20 July - Iain Matthews + Mary LeayØ 3 September – Claire MartinØ 7 September – Sam Baker (band) + The Haley SistersØ 21 September – Corinne West + TinderboxØ 12 October – Uiscedwr + Luke Sital SinghØ 9 November – Chris & Kellie While + Joseph ToppingØ 23 November – Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies + Lucy WardØ 11 December – The Unthanks (formerly known as Rachel Unthank & The Winterset)
I would like to bring to your attention the Maidstone Music Festival, which will be held on 28th - 29th November, 2009 at Invicta Grammar School, Huntsman Lane, Maidstone, Kent.
Maidstone Music Festival is open to amateur performers of all ages and levels of ability, in the following classes:
* Bowed strings
* Plucked strings
* Harmonica, accordion and Concertina !!!!!!!
As you have contact with many concertina players perhaps you would be kind enough to mention it to the concertina players in Lewes .
Very Best Regards
More details follow
Maidstone Music Festival is an adjudicative music festival, open to amateur performers of all ages and levels of ability. Totally different from anything already occurring in Maidstone, it will provide opportunities to perform individually to an audience, and to receive educative adjudication from highly qualified musicians. All entrants will be awarded a certificate, classified according to merit, and a personal written appraisal of their performance.
The adjudicator for the accordion and concertina class will be JOHN LESLIE
John Leslie studied accordion with Eddie Harris until the age of 18, and has been a full time professional accordionist since the age of 20, recording and broadcasting for the B.B.C. and many record companies. John has regularly featured on radio as a soloist, and with many groups, and has also recorded backing tracks for adverts, TV.
plays and films, including several ‘Walt Disney’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ films. John has also broadcast and recorded in many other countries, and early in his career John became prolific in writing and arranging specialised Latin American rhythms and arrangements for groups and solo artists.
Internationally, since 1973 John Leslie has regularly represented Great Britain, adjudicating the Confederation of International Accordionists' World Accordion Championships more times than any other adjudicator. He is also the longest serving member of the international music committee of the C.I.A. John is generally recognised as the most successful accordion teacher in the U.K. having taught many of today’s professional players and teachers. He has held teaching appointments at Kingston University, Surrey; Nene College, Northampton; Portsmouth University and the Purcell School of Music, Watford.
Players should select their own choice of music in all classes. Copies of performance pieces must be submitted to the adjudicator immediately prior to performance.
Classes cover: Beginners, Solo, Duet Classes (2 instruments), Original Composition Non-competitive Classes, and Ensemble Classes (3-10 instruments) with or without conductor
More details are available from http://www.maidstonemusicfestival.org.uk/syllabus.php
Please direct all correspondence to Sue Greenham:
* Phone: 01622 750943