From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 26 April 2009 19:50
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2009-04-26 - Bank Holiday Monday

Newsletter             26th April 2009


Contact details
Tel. 01342 716975
or email:

Plus special guest:
Dan Reed

Between 1988 and 1992, Dan Reed Network sold over 2 million albums worldwide and toured with the likes of UB40, David Bowie, Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones, until a trip to India to interview the Dalai Lama for ‘Spin’ magazine in 1993 made Reed realise there was more to life than rock music. He recently wrote the song ‘Daylight’ for Barack Obama’s campaign, and performed at fundraising events and the inauguration ceremony. Read more below.

Karine Polwart
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to sample tracks



Dan Reed
Click here to listen to exclusive track ‘Coming Up for Air’

See Dan Reed’s Gallery

Bank Holiday Monday
4 May


at The Ravenswood

Special guest Dan Reed
£12 (£15  door, subject to availability
Tickets 01342 714810
buy online via Acoustic Sussex website

Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead



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Award-winning Scots songwriter Karine Polwart combines sharp observations, expressive vocals and pop-inflected melodies with a probing intellect and compassionate lyricism. Possessed of a tender heart, the emotional depth of her lyrics effortlessly incorporate both contemporary and traditional folk influences.

Twice winner of Best Original Song at the BBC Folk Awards and nominated for two 2009 awards (Best artist, Best Album), she’s collaborated with alt folk balladeer King Creosote, Idlewild front man Roddy Woomble, the intellectual maverick of English folk song Chris Wood, bluegrass ace Tim O’Brien and even the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

A former children's rights worker, and driven by a strong sense of social justice, Karine allows images, narratives, questions and wry comic asides do much of her work.  She tries never to say too much. And whether it's the dilemmas of modern parenthood, the unsettling kindness of lies, or the resilience of hope, she admits most of her songs are an attempt to make sense of the fact that “there are people in this world who don't think like you do” (as she sings in her 2006 song, Daisy).  All of which is precisely the kind of sideways, allegorical approach to contemporary living that you might expect from someone with a Masters degree in philosophy.

Following the breakthrough of her debut album Faultlines, which won Best Album at the 2005 Awards, and its more lush and polished 2006 successor Scribbled in Chalk, Karine took time out to give birth to her son in 2007. In an extraordinarily creative and productive maternity leave, she recorded not one but two albums, including Fairest Floo'er, a collection of Scottish traditional songs. This return to her origins had a profound influence on her current bittersweet collection of original songs, This Earthly Spell. Indeed all four of her solo CD releases prove she's a writer able to combine ancient traditions with sharp contemporary observations and an independent sensibility.

“She weaves a deliciously thought-provoking magic that draws you back, time and again, for more.”  Rock n Reel magazine

Between 1988 and 1992, Dan Reed Network sold over 2 million albums worldwide and toured with the likes of UB40, David Bowie, Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones, until a trip to Dharamsala in India to interview the Dalai Lama for ‘Spin’ magazine in 1993 made Reed realise there was more to life than rock music. He embarked on a long physical, mental and spiritual journey that has taken him around the world and exposed him to the ideals and philosophies of a wide variety of cultures. The band was put on ice as he became involved in a number of different projects, which included acting, screenwriting and setting up his own record label. He wrote articles on subjects such as homelessness, Tibetan independence, Native American rights (Reed is himself of Native American descent) and animal rights and became actively involved in PETA and Young Audiences of America.

He spent a year in India, during which he studied Buddhism in a Tibetan monastery guesthouse, and then, after meeting a number of Israeli artists and musicians, decided to explore the Middle East. Settling in Jerusalem, he built a small studio and started recording music again, bridging the cultural and political divide by working with musicians from both Israel and Palestine.

Now a resident of New York City, Dan believes that as the world faces challenging times, the lines between entertainment and activism are starting to break down. To this end, on his return to the US, he threw himself into President Barack Obama’s electoral campaign, creating and performing at fundraising events and at the recent inaugural celebrations. He is also a Vice-Chairman of the Board for The Middle East Peace Civic Forum, a Washington-based organisation which promotes a two-state solution for Palestine and Israel.

Having come full circle and returned from his long journey older and wiser than the rock star of the last millennium, Dan Reed is now back where he belongs - creating music that will entertain, inform and inspire.


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

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     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 + Luke Sital Singh

Ø     9 November – Chris & Kellie While + Joe Topping

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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