From: SEFAN [admin_at_sefan_dot_org_dot_uk]
Sent: 29 May 2009 13:22
Subject: SEFAN 2009-05-29_01 EVENTS (3 posts)
1. Update from Acoustic Sussex
2. Upcoming from Lewes Saturday Club ("The Room in the Elephant" - love it. 1d!) SUSSEX
Date: 29 May 2009 00:29:34 BDT
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2009-05-28 - Change of programme

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 Festival
Ø     6 July – Christine Collister + Alex Hall
Ø     20 July - Iain Matthews + Mary Leay
Ø     3 September – Claire Martin
Ø     7 September – Sam Baker (band) + The Haley Sisters
Ø     21 September – Corinne West + Tinderbox
Ø     12 October – Uiscedwr + Luke Sital Singh
Ø     9 November – Chris & Kellie While + Joseph Topping
Ø     23 November – Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies + Lucy Ward
Ø     11 December – The Unthanks (formerly known as Rachel Unthank & The Winterset)

Date: 29 May 2009 10:05:25 BDT
Subject: Lewes Saturday Folk Club in June

Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ 8.00 pm


Dear Everyone,
June could be our best single month ever! Charlotte Oliver and Richard Spong also finish May for us at the Elephant this coming Saturday (30th).


Glorious fiddle, bouzouki & English concertina & guitar playing with wonderful singing as well. Between them they are leading five all-day workshops for us over the week-end:


Nancy, fiddle
James, bouzouki & cittern
Rob, all concertina systems


Rob, tunes from the William Winter manuscript from Somerset for any instrument
Nancy & James, vocal harmony


We now have the music ready to be sent out by post or email for everything except the vocal harmony workshop, which will be taught by ear.  Booking forms can be printed from the club website or I can email them to you. Workshop places are £30 per day and tickets for the evening are £8 each.


13 JUNE         CLACKERTY            (£4)
Sue Evans, Sel Adamu & Muff Lucas: harp, hammered dulcimer, voices, concertina, guitar, autoharp, clarinet, feet.


20 JUNE         PETER COLLINS     (£4)
Wonderful singer, glorious songs, plenty of choruses


27 JUNE         THE CLAQUE           (£6)
Breathtaking, powerful, almost dangerous vocal harmony from Tom Addison, Barry Lister, Dave Lowry & Sean O'Shea on a rare visit from Devon. Trained in the Songwainers, Isca Fayre & Hollinmor. Completely unmissable.
Here's a good example of them in action:




I've recently had this message from Adrian Waters:

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:

* Piano

* Singing

* Wind

* 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

Adrian Waters

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

Please direct all correspondence to Sue Greenham:

* info_at_maidstonemusicfestival_dot_org_dot_uk

* Phone: 01622 750943

  Valmai Goodyear
20, St. John's Terrace, Lewes, BN7 2DL

01273 476757

Lewes Saturday Folk Club, Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ
Residents: Bryan Creer, Dave Earl, Sandra Goddard, Valmai Goodyear, Suzanne Higgins, Steve & Diane Nevill, George Oakley, Robert O'Mahony, Denise & Stuart Savage, Derek Seed

The workshops last a full Saturday and the tutor performs at the pub in the evening.
Booking forms can be printed from the website about four months before the event.

28 Feb Brian Peters Melodeon
1 Mar Brian Peters Ballad forum
28 Mar Tom McConville Fiddle
25 Apr Craig Morgan Robson 'Way through the Woods'
26 Apr Craig Morgan Robson Vocal harmony
6 Jun Nancy Kerr Fiddle
James Fagan Bouzouki
Robert Harbron Concertina
7 Jun Nancy Kerr & James Fagan Vocal harmony
Robert Harbron Winter MS tunes
11 Jul Will Duke Scan Tester's tunes
18 Jul Bonnie Shaljean Harp
12 Sept Tommy Peoples Fiddle
19 Sept Jeff Warner Song accompaniment
10. Oct Tim Edey Melodeon
14 Nov Vicki Swan Scottish smallpipes
21 Nov Tom & Barbara Brown Ballad forum
5 Dec Billy Teare Storytelling
5 Dec Kathleen O'Sullivan Irish song

Bryan Creer, Suzanne Higgins, Valmai Goodyear 

Penny Allen  -    General Manager
Anthony John Allen - Chair of the Board

Charity registered in England and Wales No: 1111883
Company Limited by Guarantee No: 5114495 registered in Cardiff


89 Hollingbury Park Avenue, Brighton,  BN1 7JQ
Tel.  +44 (0)1273 541453